[PD] Teaching Pd to Children

marius schebella marius.schebella at gmail.com
Sat Jun 14 01:41:47 CEST 2008

if you want to use pd, then why not teach sound and video?
I think you can keep kids busy just by very simple soundin/out patches 
with adjustable parameters.
kids love to play with their voice and some cheap fx (reverb...) 
although they are always shy in the beginning, esp. girls.
record and reverse playback 3-4 seconds later is also quite fun (trying 
to talk backwards). pitch shifters and formant shifters (is there 
something native in pd?) are also fun.
maybe they want to create radio plays, make sure to bring all your sound 
effect libraries... (any sequencer program is better suited than pd in 
this case).
drum sequencers are another fun toy. if you want to include visual stuff 
too, then if you have videocameras, show them some video patches.
there are nice stop motion patches in the gem help, kids can create some 
handdrawn animations with that, or use toys to replay their favorite tv 
or maybe you can even build a small reactable.
if you show them some art pieces, maybe they get inspired and want to 
produce similar stuff?
ok, but you said you wanted to teach math. no idea for that..

Kyle Klipowicz wrote:
> Hello Listers~
> I'm teaching a 1 month Summer school session for K-8 grade students and 
> would like to include Pd for a mathematics learning tool. I am wondering 
> if anyone else has done something similar, or has any links to DSP/math 
> related materials that would be suitable for this age group. Also, if 
> anyone is sharing their lesson plans for Pd beginners, I would love to 
> see something that I might be able to adapt for my students.
> Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, as kids often hate Summer school 
> and I want to make this a fun activity for them.
> ~Kyle
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