Enjoy a fun Holiday Hip-Hop Romp Through the World of Instructional Technology!
One of the most enjoyable sessions I attended at the TLIPAD 2014 Conference earlier this month was “Rapping Across the Curriculum” by Jeremy Hartzell. I have to applaud creative teachers like Hartzell for bringing their passion and a sense of fun to developing ideas like this for getting students actively involved in the learning process.
Hartzell shared his web site, rappingacrossthecurriculum.weebly.com, and lots of resources and ideas for using rap as a means to get students to engage with different subjects in a memorable way (I've asked him if he would write a post for the site and certainly hope he takes me up on the offer).
In the meanwhile, I used some of the resources and ideas he provided to turn my “12 Days of Ed Tech” into a rap! The music behind the rap is “Big Ballin' Beat”, one of the free-to-use songs available on Flocabulary, an “educational hip-hop” site. The images are all Creative Commons images, and are all cited in the YouTube video description.
Check it out (yo)!
On the 1st day of Ed Tech my Principal gave to me â€¦Â the Internet and Web Technology!
On the 2nd day of Ed Tech, the School Board gave to me two Interactive White Boards and â€¦
On the 3rd day of Ed Tech, my Provost gave to me three LMSâ€™s, â€¦
On the 4th day of Ed Tech, my Dean gave to me four Response Systems (SRSs), …
On the 5th day of Ed Tech, IT gave to me Five 3D Printers!!
On the 6th day of Ed Tech, my Chair gave to me 6 Pods-a-Casting, â€¦
On the 7th day of Ed Tech, Tech Support gave to me 7 Docs-a-Sharing, â€¦
On the 8th day of Ed Tech, my School Head gave to me 8 Bloggers Blogging, â€¦
On the 9th day of Ed Tech, my CIO gave to me 9 Social Learners, â€¦
On the 10th day of Ed Tech, my Provost gave to me 10 Lectures Captured, â€¦
On the 11th day of Ed Tech, Admin gave to me 11 Digital Badges, â€¦
On the 12th day of Ed Tech, my true love gave to me 12 Tablets â€˜App-ingâ€™, …
Of course, I'd feel remiss if I didn't point out that this song ‘parody' and video simply lists tools without broaching on the all important idea of how they can partner with pedagogy to facilitate improved learning outcomes (the true thrust of this site and my advocacy of educational uses of technology). But hey … this is just for fun, so don't get your pencils in a bunch!
While my own musical stylings are more along the lines of rock, blues, jazz, and folk, it was a lot of fun trying my hand at hip hop (I hope you'll check out my recently released EP, Keeping the Dream Alive, and support a great cause in the process!).
Wishing everyone a great holiday season! Yo ho ho!
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