Flocabulary has always been about innovating student engagement and learning. From our impossibly catchy hip-hop videos, to Pause & Play or assignable quizzes, we’re continuously adding new features to deepen the learning experience for students.
At the forefront of our new Flocab features this coming school year is Lyric Lab, a tool built right within Flocabulary units that allow students to write their own academic rhymes. Our videos engage students, instructional tools let them master content, and now Lyric Lab places writing and creativity at their fingertips. Students can demonstrate content mastery not just through Read & Respond or an assigned quiz, but by applying their knowledge through writing, too.
How Lyric Lab Works
To start, Lyric Lab provides a word bank of key terms covered in the unit’s video, lyrics and content. As students write lines for their raps, suggested rhyming words appear in the right column. See what happens when the first line for a rap on the French Revolution is written:
Not only do perfect rhymes appear in the right column, but students can explore slant rhymes (words with similar sounds) or definitions by highlighting a word right within Lyric Lab. What’s more, Lyric Lab provides dozens of Flocab beats for students to choose from so they can perform their very own raps, live! Continue reading
The Flocabulary team has been working diligently over the past year to bring exciting and practical new features to classrooms this fall. (Some of you may have seen a preview at ISTE!) We launched these features just this week, and to familiarize you with our shiny new Flocab, we’re sharing the low-down on each of our new features on the blog.
To start, let’s review our new reading feature, Read & Respond. This new addition to Flocabulary’s instructional sequence empowers students to develop close reading and content area literacy skills in select Flocabulary units, and we’re pretty pumped to share it with you.
How Read & Respond Works
Read & Respond provides short, assignable reading passages and practice questions that are based on content presented in the unit’s video and lyrics. Students can dive deeper and think more critically about the unit’s content and simultaneously practice their reading skills. Read & Respond passages are based on both fiction and non-fiction texts, and the workflow emulates a similar structure to what students will experience on high-stakes tests.
To keep the learning experience streamlined, students answer questions right within the Flocabulary unit. Here’s a glimpse of how Read & Respond works:
Summer calls for fun, relaxation, warm weather, and for many educators—continued PD and learning during school break! We want to keep the momentum going for you all summer long, which is why we’re excited to offer four mini webinars on popular topics in ed tech.
Read up on our summer webinar series below, and make sure to sign up today! Can’t make it to the live session? We’ll send an archived recording to all registrants, so make sure to sign up and we’ll send the webinar straight to your inbox. Hope to “see” you there!
“Integrating Flocabulary with Classroom Technology”
Thursday, August 4 @ 1 PM Eastern
Using ed tech tools in the classroom is a great first step in developing 21st century skills, but increasingly these tools need to work together to make the biggest impact in teaching and learning. In this 15-minute mini webinar, we will discuss how Flocabulary works with new forms of technology that teachers are using regularly to enhance instruction.
We had an amazing time at the ISTE conference in Denver this year! From previewing new features to epic educator rap battles and mini PD sessions on writing academic rhymes, there was tons to see and enjoy at Booth 920. Thanks to everyone who helped make it awesome.
Did you miss out on some of our sessions at the booth? Or, maybe you weren’t able to swing by our rap battle or live performances due to a crazy schedule? Perhaps you were among the #NotAtISTE16 group?
However you enjoyed ISTE, we’ve compiled some of our favorite videos, photos and tweets from the conference to share so you can catch up on all the Flocab happenings. Read on!
Educator Rap Battle & Live Performances
At Flocab, we love the opportunity to hang with teachers. Our inspiration levels are at an all time high when we connect innovative educators out there who share their suggestions, stories and passions. That’s one of the reasons we’re stoked to take off to Denver this weekend to kick it with edtech savvy educators from around the world at #ISTE2016!
Will you be at ISTE too? Don’t miss the Flocab crew at booth 920—we’ve got some awesome things planned. Check out our ISTE 2016 highlights below, and don’t forget to follow along on Twitter!
Sessions and PD
Our staff will lead sessions regularly throughout the conference:
- “Flocab 411” will give visitors a crash course on all things Flocabulary, plus a glimpse at our newest features.
- Our “Tap into WRAP” sessions will teach educators the secret to the Flocab rap formula, so they can work with students in the classroom to create their own educational rhymes!
We’ll also host a number of feature sessions led by Flocab MC Educators—check out the schedule below:
ISTE is less than two weeks away, and the Flocabulary team is gearing up for an awesome time at Booth 920.
One event we’re really pumped for is our ISTE Rap Battle, but we need your help! Now’s your chance to write and perform your own educational rap with some of Flocabulary’s very own rappers. The winner of the rap battle will get a Flocab subscription for their entire school (a $1,600 value), a Flocabulary Prize Pack for themselves, and bragging rights for the foreseeable future.
Want in? Here’s how to enter…
Is your school or district new to Flocabulary? Do you have a digital subscription, but haven’t had formal training on how to use our program? If the answer to these questions is “yes,” we’re here to help!
We strive to create an increasingly user-friendly site, but we understand that an educator’s time is precious. It can be challenging to become a pro at using any new technology under the time constraints and workload educators face. For this reason, we have enhanced our professional development offerings and devoted an entire team of highly skilled customer success managers to help you! We want to ensure the onboarding process is seamless so you can worry less about “getting started” and just start.
Earlier this spring, our Lyric Legend Contest gave classrooms the opportunity to write and submit their own lyrics to be featured in original editions of the Week in Rap Junior and Week in Rap Extra! And the winners were (drum roll please): Steven Torres’ third grade class at Felix A. Williams Elementary in Florida, and Karl Karkainen’s sixth grade class at Enumclaw Middle is Washington!
For their impressive lyrical talents, the winning contestants were rewarded with a microphone, mic stand, headphones, AND an iPad! Now they can keep making masterpieces like the WIR Junior and WIR Extra editions that were based on each class’ lyrics!
We interviewed the proud educators of these talented students to learn more about how they use hip-hop as an instructional tool. Continue reading
You asked, we listened! Flocabulary now aligns with all state standards.
Many educators have shared a need to see how our content aligns with their state’s specific standards. How will your favorite Flocabulary unit help your students with standardized tests? Need specifics on standards alignment to share with your district administrators? With Flocabulary’s new standards alignment search tool, teachers and administrators can easily view this information with a few clicks on our user-friendly site.
Ready to see it for yourself? Access the standards search tool here. Please note that, by default, this link takes you directly to the “All Standards” tab. For specifics on ELA CCSS and Math CCSS, click on the tabs to the right.
Friday is the favorite day of the week for my students, and not for the reason you would assume. They love it because it’s our day dedicated to discussing the news.
Social Studies is responsible for telling the story of everything that humans have ever done. It also is responsible for preparing our future citizens. In sixth grade, we can create connections to what we’re studying and what’s happening in the news every week – I see this as our chance to lead students to care about what’s happening in the world. And with the inclusion of regular current events, students make rich and meaningful connections into other content areas, a very positive extension of learning. I want students to continue to read the news long after they exit sixth grade and to have the skills to decide what to base their opinions on so they’re informed and active as members of their communities — as well as global citizens.