There is increasing pressure for schools to expose their students to computers. However, the unbalanced computer-to-student ratio that prevails in resource constrained schools limits the effectiveness of using the computers as learning tools. One solution is Microsoft’s MultiPoint Mouse technology, which in addition to reducing the financial costs of introducing computers in schools, enables students to gain both learning benefits and important soft skills such as teamwork.
Currently, however, MultiPoint applications are developed by outside vendors and do not always meet the everyday curricula needs of teachers. To enable teachers reap the benefits of MultiPoint while effectively covering their curricula goals, we developed Cloze, an authoring tool, which simplifies content creation for MultiPoint applications. Targeted at teachers with minimal computer skills, Cloze enables them to replicate common interactive classroom activities using MultiPoint without having to write a line of code.