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Towards an Integrated Hardware And SOftware Book (HASOB)

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Curricular Issues in Computing and Information Technology Programs II

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Computing & Information Technology

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26.1592.1 - 26.1592.15



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Mohamed Abdelrahman Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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Dr. Abdelrahman is currently the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University Kingsville. Dr. Abdelrahman has a diverse educational and research background. His research expertise is in the design of intelligent measurement systems, sensor fusion and control systems. He has been active in research with over 80 papers published in refereed journals and conferences. He has been the principal investigator on several major research projects on industrial applications of sensing and Control with focus on Energy Efficiency. He is a senior member of IEEE, ISA, and a member of ASEE.

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Mohamed Abdelsalam Salem Text Scope

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Mais Nijim Texas A&M Kingsville

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Towards an integrated Hardware And SOftware Book (HASOB)The first complete concept of a tablet computer was the DynaBook, The DynaBook wasconceptualized by Alan Kay in the late 1960s and early 1970s [1] as the first tablet computer.The ideas, underlying the software of the DynaBook, are based on insights from psychologystudy on how children learn and develop. The technology however was lagging behind for wideuse of tablet computers in education. This has changed drastically in recent days with tabletsentering strongly into education. One application that has been widely used in the educationprocess is the Classroom Presenter by Microsoft and the University of Washington. Anexperiment was conducted at Virginia Tech University to use the tablets with software programsfocused on tasks to increase interactive learning with great feedback from students. At LinköpingUniversity an experiment was conducted to use the notebook as tool for learning programminglanguages, the pre-installed software “open modelica” was the base environment that can helpstudent learn programming language while studying the scientific phenomena. While openmodelica is a language of its own, the approach itself can be applied in learning anyprogramming language.The current paper describes a new concept of an integrated Hardware And SOftware Book(HASOB). The proposed HASOB platform aims at increasing subconscious or habit learning tosupplement declarative learning [2, 3] through the addition of hardware capabilities to electronicbooks that run on Tablet PCs. HASOB would integrate traditional text book information,hardware capabilities to collect external data relevant to the educational topic and softwarecapabilities to provide simulations and analysis of the collected data. The proposed platformutilizes a tablet with enhanced capabilities through external hardware including data acquisitionand sensors. HASOB could be thought of as a new format for educational books, especiallyscientific or engineering books that may require additional modalities to explain abstractconcepts such as filters. Such concepts may be better taught through simulations and display andmanipulations of data from an accompanying measuring hardware.The paper will further discuss relevant pedagogical models and issues related to the developmentof an early prototype of the HASOB concept with a focus on teaching programming of Clanguage. The embodiment of the idea utilizes an iPad tablet interfaced to an Arduinomicrocontroller acting as data acquisition system interface to external sensors. Although the ideahas not been utilized in an actual classroom at this point, the paper intends to share the conceptof HASOB and practical issues associated with the creation of the early prototype. HASOB Prototype User InterfaceReferences[1] Alan C. Kay, “A personal computer for Children of all Ages”, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center august 1972.[2] PsiTek, “Subconcious Programming for Maximum Results” CMG Archives,[3] John A. Bargh, Ezequiel Morsella, “The Unconscious Mind”, Yale University.

Abdelrahman, M., & Salem, M. A., & Nijim, M. (2015, June), Towards an Integrated Hardware And SOftware Book (HASOB) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24928

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