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Flocabulary. Lora and Emma Date: October 16, 2012. agenda. What is the technology? Educational tools? When, How, Who would you use it? Example use/Demo Pros and Cons? Assignment. What is Flocabulary?.

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Lora and Emma

Date: October 16, 2012


What is the technology?

Educational tools?

When, How, Who would you use it?

Example use/Demo

Pros and Cons?


what is flocabulary
What is Flocabulary?
  • Flocabulary is an online learning platform that delivers educational hip-hop songs and videos to students in grades K-12.
  • Founded in 2004
  • Used in over 15,000 schools and reaches a weekly audience of 5 million students
  • Provides a free trial, but not a free program
educational tools
Educational Tools
  • http://flocabulary.com/jazz-age/
  • It starts with a song and video
  • Important content-area terms are used and defined in the song lyrics.
  • Click on highlighted lyrics to learn more= info boxes will pop out
  • The Week in Rap info boxes contain links to full news stories on external sites
  • Can remove key terms from the song and then reveal the missing word
  • Provides Challenge questions
  • Also has lesson plans, with extension activities
  • Follow their blog to stay up to date

News Investigator

Reinforce research skills and best practices for 21st-century education. Using the clickable lyrics as a jumping off point, you can divide up the current events stories amongst your students and create mini- research projects


The Week in Rap News Investigator

when and how
When and How?
  • Hook for new material
  • Note-taking activity
  • End-of-unit formative assessment using the challenge questions
  • Missing lyrics as a study tool
  • Tests for group review or homework
  • Have students write and perform academic rhymes
  • Jigsaw different sections of the song and have students teach each other
  • Debate the news
  • Vocabulary-building with Word Up program
  • All school instructional staff could use this tool
  • Curriculum can be tailored to a wide range of grade levels
    • This Week in Rap
    • Vocabulary: grade 2-8, SAT prep
    • Language Arts: K-2 stories, grammar, high school lit, Shakespeare
    • Social Studies: ancient world, modern world, U.S. history, civics
    • Science: earth science, life science, physics and chemistry
    • Math: addition through linear equations
  • Great for cognitive load
  • Memorable
  • Colloquializes difficult concepts and stories
  • Improves on vocabulary proficiency and test scores
  • Paid subscriptions. (What would be the benefits of open courseware?)
  • "Get-educated-quick" scheme? - Fox News
  • Has received criticism on some of the lyrics
assignment choice of two
Assignment (Choice of Two)

1. Write 8 lines of "educational rap" on a topic of your choice, modeled after the style of Flocabulary. Tweet a link to the result, using whatever method works best for you (Dropbox, Google Docs, Scribd, or another file-sharing site). Alternatively, you can write out the entire rap in a series of tweets, or even record yourself performing the rap and link to the video or MP3.

2. Tweet a lesson plan using Flocabulary for the classroom or library.