Cool learning tools to be showcased at Stanford Aug. 2

Sitting on a stool and staring intently at a laptop screen, Jim Huang plucked out the melody of Happy Birthday and the rock song Circuital on a guitar – an instrument he was playing for the first time during a recent visit to The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Calif.

The seventh grader was following the instructions of Strummify under the watchful eye of Danny Cochran, a student in Stanford’s Learning, Design and Technology (LDT) master’s program at Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE).

“Jim must have played Happy Birthday four or five times, so I decided he should play a harder song – Circuital by My Morning Jacket,” said Cochran, who co-developed Strummify – a free web application that’s billed as a “personal guitar tutor” – as a master’s project.

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