Rhythm. Movement. Learning

Investigating how rhythm and movement enhance children's learning experiences

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What we are doing.
Research at the Urban Griots Collaborative investigates the potential of embodied and rhythmic practices and communication tools to enhance children's acquisition of multimodal literacy skills.
Our Vision
  • To support the early literacy, social, and emotional development of all children.
  • To explore how the drum language communication modality can foster children’s development, especially when mediated via a digital embodied learning environment.
  • To design and prototype culturally-grounded technologies that incorporate relevant cultural knowledge and history, creating new learning opportunities for children across various subjects.
  • How we are doing it?
    We employ a range of methods in our design-based research agenda including:
    Innovative Musical Instruments
    Digital Game Development
    Hybrid Learning Environments
    Family Literacy Workshops
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    What we want to find out.
    Our study seeks answers to these pivotal questions:
  • What are the impacts of embodied learning environments, activities, and games using the Urban Griots approach on children’s multimodal literacy skills development?
  • What are the impacts of the same approach on children’s socio-emotional development?
  • What are the impacts of this approach on children's family relations? How can this research be adapted to help children with learning disabilities (autism spectrum disorder, speech/visual impairment)?
  • The people making it happen
    The Urban Griot team comprises advisors, researchers, designers, developers, and educators, all united by a passion for enhancing children's learning through creativity and innovation.
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    Are you the parent of a child aged 3 to 6 who enjoys music, dance, or video games? Join us for a unique learning experience!
    The Urban Griot Playground
    An innovative, technology-driven family workshop series exploring how drumming, dancing, and digital games can be effective tools for learning.
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    Dive into our collection of research articles, papers, and presentations
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