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Cool learning tools to be showcased at Stanford Aug. 2

Students in the Stanford Graduate School of Education are putting the finishing touches on projects for the 16th annual Learning, Design and Technology Expo, which will be held on campus Aug. 2. The Tech Museum of Innovation recently showcased some of the projects.

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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