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What is Distributed Control System (DCS)

Handbook of Research on Mobility and Computing: Evolving Technologies and Ubiquitous Impacts
A DCS is a system that has different interconnected and interrelated components in different devices. Our system encompasses three main locations: the mobile device managed by the teacher, a server that manages communications and calculations, and students applications in their laptops.
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Monitoring the Learning Process through the use of Mobile Devices
Francisco Rodríguez-Díaz (University of Granada, Spain), Natalia Padilla Zea (University of Granada, Spain), and Marcelino Cabrera (University of Granada, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-042-6.ch024
Many studies defend the use of New Technologies in classrooms. It has been substantially proven that computer operation can be learnt at an early age, and that the use of new technologies can improve a child’s learning process. However, the main problem for the teacher continues to be that he/she cannot pay attention to all children at the same time. Sometimes it is necessary to decide which child must be first attended to. It is in this context that we believe our system has the ability to greatly help teachers: we have developed a learning process control system that allows teachers to determine which students have problems, how many times a child has failed, which activities they are working on and other such useful information, in order to decide how to distribute his/her time. Furthermore, bearing in mind the attention required by kindergarten students, we propose the provision of mobile devices (PDA - Personal Digital Assistant) for teachers, permitting free movement in the classroom and allowing the teacher to continue to help children while information about other students is being received. Therefore if a new problem arises the teacher is immediately notified and can act accordingly.
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A supervisory control system typically controls and monitors set points to subcontrollers distributed geographically throughout a factory (Falco, Stouffer, Wavering, & Proctor, 2004)
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