Day 1 | Open-Lab | 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Drumming Class | 1:30PM-3:15PM

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Led by Brad Wentworth—a NYC drummer, performer and educator—the Drumming Workshop will include explorations of the fundamentals of rhythm, drumming technique, ensemble playing and improvisation. Participants will learn rhythms from all over the world through visual, aural and kinesthetic modalities that will be applied in an ensemble setting where collaboration is as important as self expression. Experience the power of making music with others, where the end result is often far greater than the sum of its parts! No experience necessary.

Early Literacy Apps: Tools or Toys? | 1:30PM-3:15PM

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239 Greene St, 5FL, New York, NY 10003

There are an overwhelming number of apps that claim to help a young child learn to read. Without industry standards on what an effective “learn-to-read” app should look like, how can parents and educators distinguish between an educational tool or toy?

In this interactive workshop, participants will experiment with popular “learn-to-read” apps, gain insight into how they line up with current reading research, and hear firsthand from classroom teachers who’ve used them. We will discuss the missing link between foundational reading skills and app design, as well as offer actionable recommendations for parents, educators, and industry developers.

NYU CREATE lab | 1:30PM-3:15PM

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The NYU CREATE lab (Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technologies in Education) occupies a newly renovated 1,500 sq ft. loft that consists of a large multi-functional usability research and play-testing lab and a large open space for movement and gesture based research. This space is used for a variety of projects investigating the use of digital media for learning, including multimedia modules for surgery education, simulations for high school science, and games for middle school, high school and college mathematics. CREATE is also equipped with an eye-tracking and biometrics lab with a stationary SMI RED 500 eye tracker and BIOPAC MP150 system featuring wireless sensors for EEG, ECG, GSR, and respiration, as well as a posture sensor developed in-house.

Visitors will be given a brief overview of the research conducted in the lab, and will then have the opportunity to meet with developers and research assistants working on our research.