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Unexpected Collaborations: Kids' Appropriation of GarageBand as a Group Creative Tool

  • Author(s): Antin, Judd
  • Perkel, Dan
  • Sims, Christo
  • et al.

In this paper we present a case study of kids' appropriation of GarageBand digital music software to create an informal, ad hoc collaborative process. We argue that elements of the socio-spatial context of use combined with the software and the audio mode created a "safe" space for collaboration and a powerful mode for informal creative exchange and feedback. We conclude with suggestions for future study and questions to consider for the design of systems to support kids' creative collaboration.

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