[LAA] ANN: Introducing Pd-L2Ork K-12 Learning Module

Ivica Ico Bukvic ico at vt.edu
Tue May 22 15:00:55 UTC 2012

Apologies for cross-posting

As we prepare for our presentation at this year'sNIME conference 
<http://www.eecs.umich.edu/nime2012/>(for those attending NIME you can 
see us during the 130pm demo session later today), it is my great 
pleasure to announce a new version ofPd-L2Ork 
<http://l2ork.music.vt.edu/main/?page_id=56>programming environment (the 
backbone of our software infrastructure) featuring the K-12 learning 
module prototype. Geared specifically towards K-12 students, the 
newfound module addresses the lack of a robust sound- and music-oriented 
programming tool for elementary, middle, and high-school students. The 
current prototype is a first step towards a tiered granular design of 
learning objects that aim to recontextualize pd-l2ork into a K-12 
learning tool. The resulting first iteration offers a limited set of 
coarse-grained objects geared primarily towards 4th and 5th graders. 
This, however, has not deterredBoys & Girls Club of Southwest Virginia 
<http://www.bgcswva.org/>students participating in the afterschool 
program from making some quite evolved instruments using Nintendo 
Wiimotes and their satellite laptop orchestra in less than three 
sessions 1-hour.

For more info on Pd-L2Ork see our Software page. To enable the K12 mode, 
simply start pd-l2ork with the -k12 flag as follows:

pd-l2ork -k12

I would like to hereby encourage all interested in furthering the said 
tool to join us on thel2ork-dev mailing list 
<http://disis.music.vt.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/l2ork-dev>. We are 
particularly interested in growing a library of coarse-grained objects 
pertaining to sound generation and signal manipulation.

For additional info including a screenshot and a video footage please 
visit http://l2ork.music.vt.edu/main/?p=1964

Best wishes,

Ivica Ico Bukvic, D.M.A
Composition, Music Technology
Director, DISIS Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio
Director, L2Ork Linux Laptop Orchestra
Head, ICAT Integrative Performance Studio
Virginia Tech
Department of Music
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0240
(540) 231-6139
(540) 231-5034 (fax)

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