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Project Idea

Brad Dwan
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Joined: Apr 22, 2010
Posts: 62
Mothers a teacher right; grading papers, one of the biggest jobs a teacher has to sit through, up to a week of long days if they have a large class. Digitalizing grade papers and stuff like that isn't anything new right although, a lot of schools don't do this, 'old' pen and paper tests as still most common, especially with essay components.

The idea(not sure if it exists yet):
If you could set up a Scanner, auto-scan the physical papers into it, feed tray or something, have this program going accepting the scans (*.pdf), and literally reading them then grading them on spelling, creativity, grammar and alike. Then create a cover sheet (containing the scores, school logo, principles signature) and adding it to the scans collection(exam) PDF. Then store them appropriate of gender/year level [class ID]/name/age even.

Then all the teachers would need to do is load up the scanner with papers, the programs going to do all the heavy lifting, it processes it, teacher can check them, grades back in two hours.

Now I'm not saying I'm going to be making this, 1/ I don't have the skill in Java to pull it off yet. 2/ I don't even know if it's possible yet.

There'd need to be a lot of storage, a good scanner, software that 'reads' the pages, grades, converts, processes, sorts then stores. Probably even possible so that the program can "learn" from each paper thus allowing it to educate itself (grades more accurately the longer and more often its used) and that will involve less update releases, so AI in there some where.


Might be a completely retarded idea, probably already done, I was just bored thinking about a project to keep me busy, that popped up.

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purple .Blues

Joined: Aug 04, 2010
Posts: 1
I liked the idea, its quite nice and fresh will think over it more....
Thanks for the idea
vijin das
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Joined: Jun 07, 2010
Posts: 129

i have some doubts the system will grade the papers ....???
or are you keeping questions and answers in DB and validating the answer written in paper which is in scanned pdf format ...??
idea is good ... . it should require high AI implementation ...

Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 46320
You would need character recognition, handwriting recognition, and artificial intelligence to mark the papers for their actual structure. You would need advanced levels of artificial intelligence.

You appear to have arrived on an inappropriate forum; we don't have an AI forum, but "games" might be the nearest, so I shall move this thread there.
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