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Teaching Machines and Sidney Pressey (11:15)

This is a portrait of Sidney Pressey, known as "the father of the teaching machine" as he demonstrates his early model which he made from old typewriter parts in 1925 as a self-teaching, self testing device. Pressey discusses how the U. S. Navy made use of on of his early models in its training program shortly after World War II. He also reflects on other primitive teaching and feedback devices including punchboards and chemo-cards, pointing out the importance of rewarding the learner for correct behavior and how the student responses provide the teacher with a useful profile of the learning experience. Sidney Pressey was retired Emeritus Professor at The Ohio State University when this film was made. The first model of his teaching machine, which he demonstrates is now in the Smithsonian Institution along with this film.

   
     
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