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Team Lead
Will Hedgecock
Team Members
  • Will Hedgecock
  • Akos Ledeczi
  • Pascal Le Boeuf
  • Corbette Doyle
Concept name*
Code to Joy: A Music-Based Framework for Teaching Computer Science
Location
Nashville, TN
Application Track
Other Innovations in Translational Learning Technologies
Description
BeatBlox is a music-based framework for teaching Computer Science. By connecting CS concepts to a subject of interest to people across diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, the learning process becomes more fun, engaging, and accessible to both educator and student. Teachers can tap into students’ creativity, enabling them to create their own beats and make their own music, doing so through the context of a block-based visual programming environment that allows students to immersively learn Computer Science concepts through the act of making music. Teachers can also promote collaboration by allowing students to use their laptops as instruments within a digital orchestra. The most successful class projects are ones in which students are able to connect to concepts relevant to their own communities, explore personally motivating and interesting subjects, and take ownership over the design and creation process, all of which constitute the core of the BeatBlox educational methodology.
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