About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the ATLAS Institute, the Department of Computer Science, and (by courtesy) the School of Education and the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder.

I received my PhD in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Games+Learning+Society center at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I was an Independent Studies major at the University of California, San Diego, where I was a member of the Distributed Cognition and Human-Computer Interaction lab. Prior to arriving at CU, I was the McDonnell Family Professor of Engineering Education at Tufts University.

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My Research Group

The Laboratory for Playful Computation creates playful and constructionist learning environments.

We study how designing and building computational systems (e.g., computer music systems) can empower young people to learn through pursuing personal interests. To do so, we create new technologies for learning and investigate how people, including students and teachers, use them to learn together.

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Upcoming Travel

May 9 & 10: Computing Research Association Computing Community Consortium Washington, DC

May 12 & 13: National Science Foundation Washington, DC

May 19 - 21: Maker Faire Bay Area San Francisco, CA

May 23 & 24: Workshop on Making as Learning: Tinkering, Innovating, and Making In and Out of School Pittsburgh, PA

June 1 - 30: Data Collection Arizona

July 13 - 15: Microsoft Research Faculty Summit Redmond, WA

July 17 - 19: Computing Research Association Conference at Snowbird Snowbird, UT

August 22 & 23: ACM Education Council Meeting Bay Area, CA

September 8 - 11: ICER 2016 Melbourne, Australia