May 23, 2022 ―
May 24, 2022
Co-Design of Wearable Music Curriculum for Transversal Neurodiverse Computational Thinking
RESPECT 2022 PANEL: Co-Design of Wearable Music Curriculum for Transversal Neurodiverse Computational Thinking
Seth Thorn, Timothy Wells, Anani Vasquez, Denise Amiot, Mirka Koro, Sha Xin Wei
We create wearable technology and pedagogy consonant with the relational dynamics that constitute our world, and as an alternative to the identity politics of neurotypicality paired with a normative notion of atomic egos. Neurotypical learning modalities privilege linearity, isolation, and cognitivism over creative, interdependent, and embodied interactions. We report on an initial phase of our research-practice partnership with a cohort of culturally and epistemically diverse teaching fellows of neurodiverse students in which we co-design computational thinking (CT) curriculum using novel “wearable music” techniques. Wearable music is an inclusive, mobile, and mobilizing computing practice that foregrounds embodied relationality in creative activities enlivening CT through interdependent ensemble discovery. Our project leverages creative expression as an embodied form of learning demonstrated in neurodiverse sensemaking.