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Title: TunePad: Engaging Learners at the Intersection of Music and Code
Authors: Horn, Michael
Banerjee, Amartya
West, Melanie
Pinkard, Nichole
Pratt, Amy
Freeman, Jason
Magerko, Brian
McKlin, Tom
Keywords: Design
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Horn, M., Banerjee, A., West, M., Pinkard, N., Pratt, A., Freeman, J., Magerko, B., & McKlin, T. (2020). TunePad: Engaging Learners at the Intersection of Music and Code. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 3 (pp. 1237-1244). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: TunePad is a free, online platform designed with the goal of empowering diverse communities of learners to create and share music through code. We are interested in the idea of music as a pervasive form of literacy with abundant connections to concepts of computer programming. Over the past three years we have developed and refined successive prototypes with over 500 middle school and high school students in a variety of learning spaces including schools, libraries, summer camps, and other out-of-school programs. This paper shares the current TunePad design along with data from three summer camps for middle school students that involved daily work with the platform. Through these camps we saw significant gains in learners’ attitudes around computer programming as measured through pre-post surveys. We also share a theoretical perspective on music and coding as an intersection of literacies that we reflect on through student-created artifacts.
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