How I Use It
I have used this both as a supplement to content already being taught in the classroom and also as a creation tool. I mostly have used it as a hook to get students excited about the content we are about to learn, or at the end of a lesson to reinforce skills taught. In a classroom with students with disabilities, I always use the speed option to slow the speed of the videos. I often start and stop the videos to let students process and have a discussion of what we had just seen. Lastly, I was able to include all learners (readers and non-readers, verbal and non-verbal) in the "create your own rap" aspect by integrating other tools like iMovie, Garageband, Speech Apps, and picture symbols to record speech devices, and allow all learners the ability to participate. I did have to modify certain aspects, like the fill in the blanks sections, or for the and also used a text-to-speech reader to allow all students the ability to read the content. For some groups, there needed to be heavier modifications for creating raps like sentence starters, word banks, picture symbol banks etc.
I love this website as long as teachers are using it to integrate the content into what they are already teaching, and not as a "babysitting" tool or an "instead of". The videos and raps are really fun and engaging for students of all ages and levels. I have heard students sing a jingle or two while trying to remember how to do certain math skills in class, so the tunes certainly resonate with the students. I love how easy the site is to navigate and how many tools they offer to help. Flocabulary is constantly making great changes, and always improving their site for special needs students.