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Evaluating a Text-to-Scene Generation System as an Aid to Literacy

Coyne, Robert Eric; Schudel, Cecilia; Bitz, Michael; Hirschberg, Julia Bell

We discuss classroom experiments using WordsEye, a system for automatically generating 3D scenes from English textual descriptions. Input is syntactically and semantically processed to identify a set of graphical objects and constraints which are then rendered as a 3D scene. We describe experiments with the system in a summer literacy enrichment program conducted at the Harlem Educational Activities Fund with 6th grade students, in which students using the system had significantly greater improvement in their literary character and story descriptions in pre- and post- test essays compared with a control. Students reported that using the system helped them imagine the events in the stories they were reading better. We also observed that social interaction engendered by this process was a strong motivator.


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Computer Science
Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SlaTE) at Interspeech 2011
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August 2, 2013