Microsoft patents “teaching”.

Microsoft is seeking an education-related patent for a “System and method for providing instructional feedback to a user”, something for which there ought to be plenty of prior art – perhaps like every electronic educational toy ever made.

A closer look reveals that the patent suggests that a multimedia tablet PC can be used to instruct, or correct, a student as they go through the process of learning to print, or perhaps do long division. By seeing the work as the student does it, the computer can correct it and suggest hints through the various stages. To quote the patent:

Additionally, unlike traditional teaching environments, the user may be provided with immediate instructional feedback, rather than competing for the limited time of a teacher.

The patent application does seem an overly broad way of accomplishing what sounds like a worthwhile goal.

(Link via Techdirt)