EarSketch teacher professional development opportunity at Georgia Tech June 23 - 27th, 2014


The Institute for Computing Education (ICE) is pleased to announce that we are hosting a Computer Science Principles workshop at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia using EarSketch June 23-27, 2014.   EarSketch is an integrated Python API, coding and music production environment, curriculum, audio loop library, and social sharing site that teaches programming concepts (e.g. variables, functions, loops, lists, and strings) in the context of music remixing. EarSketch enables students to write Python code to mix and layer audio loops in popular styles created by music industry veterans, to create rhythms and add effects to tracks, and to leverage computer science principles and devise algorithms to make and share personally expressive songs.

Educators should have some familiarity with a text-based programming language such as Java, Javascript, or Python. No background in music is expected.
Thanks to generous funding from the National Science Foundation and the Hudgens Foundation, a) there is no cost to attend the workshop for those who are accepted, and b) we are able to support travel expenses for accepted participants who live outside of the Atlanta metro area. All teachers will receive lunch. Parking will also be covered for those who drive to the workshop. 

Educators will be provided with workshop materials, lessons and handouts that they can readily put to use in the fall, as well as a free online version of the EarSketch software environment and curriculum.

Teachers will learn:

  • Hands-on activities for teaching programming using EarSketch and Python: variables, loops, conditionals, lists, strings, and functions
  • Basic musical concepts, such as tempo and meter, necessary to effectively make music with EarSketch
  • How digital audio workstation software (like GarageBand) works and how music production principles like tracks, effects, envelopes, and rhythms connect to CS concepts
  • How to use the EarSketch social media site to collect student work and facilitate student collaboration
Apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EarSketchTWS6232714  For more information about the workshop see http://coweb.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt/2302
For more information on EarSketch see http://earsketch.gatech.edu 
Event details
Monday, 23 June, 2014 - 09:00 - Friday, 27 June, 2014 - 12:00
Atlanta, Georgia
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