The Urban Griot Playground is a family workshop for early literacy facilitated through embodied modes of learning that blend voice, rhythm and movement with computer media interaction. Children use the Drumball & Alphariddims app to explore vocabulary and produce multimodal text via rhythm. Developed by researchers spanning music, education and design, the system enables children with a wide range of abilities to use accessible, expressive rhythmic patterns for multimodal communication and exchange. To get started, complete all the steps in the registration checklist.
How does the Playground work for children?
Families attend a 4-part workshop series and take part in a final performance. For an overview of what children learn at the Playground, see the Workshop page and download the learning materials.
During and after the series, we invite all parents and children in the workshop to join the Virtual Playground - an online hub with activities, games and fun challenges.
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Pierre is a doctoral candidate at UC Berkley's Graduate School of Education and the inventor of the Drumball.
His research looks at how embodied, multimodal technologies which are grounded in the historical and cultural context of under-represented students, can be used to help open new pathways to literacy for all children.
Angela is a practicing artist and designer researching how interfaces can enhance collocated collaboration.
Her current focus is developing interfaces that enable parents to become better storytellers to young children.
She is interested in building sensorial interfaces and storytelling experiences that help people increase their sense of common ground.
Arvind is a User Interface and User Experience Designer with 19+ years of industry experience in enterprise, social, and consumer apps, SAAS products, and design education.