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Personalize Your STEM Instruction With Educational Hip-Hop Videos and Activities

Location: W175c

Participate and share

Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, June 24, 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: W175c

Blair Mishleau  
People's Choice winner. Personalized learning platforms usually focus on math and reading content, leaving STEM teachers behind! Flocabulary, a program that uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement, has great STEM content, along with personalized learning functionality. We will explore these resources along with their practical application in STEM classrooms.

Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: If attendees have a Flocabulary account, they should come with this! If not, they can sign up for a trial!
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: This session intends to push STEM teacher’s intentional use of the EdTech tool Flocabulary to better meet all students’ needs, in terms of interest and interest.

Objectives: I can identify Flocabulary resources I can use in my classroom by exploring Flocab’s STEM features and units. I can use Flocabulary as a personalized learning resource by using Flocab’s assignability functionality. I feel empowered to seek and learn about other programs that can help me personalize STEM instruction by utilizing shared resources.


-3 to 5 minutes: Do-Now Before the session, a Do-Now will be on the screen [Engagement: device-based activity]. This will be in the form of a Kahoot survey or similar platform, asking folks a few questions about their current experience with Flocabulary. This helps to differentiate the session and meets attendees' learning needs of guiding their own learning and having access to relevant content. After they are done with this, there will be other opportunities to engage with Flocabulary's newer features (e.g. vocab cards) and the opportunity to ask me questions about the presentation/objectives for prizes! [Engagement: device-based activities, contests]

5 to 14 minutes: Real-time pivot, introduction. I will display the data and name a few ways I will intentionally pivot the session based on this data. As such, I'll have a few different "paths" pre-made so I can pivot neatly and quickly based on who is in the room. [Engagement: pivot based on feedback] We will do a quick turn-and-talk so attendees have at least one peer they know the name of. [Engagement: peer-to-peer interaction] Then, I will share who I am and have a participant share our objectives.

15 to 25 minutes: Personalized Learning through Flocab case study I will highlight the implementation of Flocabulary in my Technology class as well as in science classrooms at my school. I will share examples of student work, class setup, etc. After case study, audience members will have a turn-and-talk to share "I noticed..." and "I wonder..." statements to share their takeaways from my setup. After this, participants will share out these statements. Those who share will be given Flocabulary swag, or similar. [Engagement: peer-to-peer interaction, contest]

25 to 55 minutes: Personalized Learning Flocab features: time to explore! Participants will be able to play with new Flocab tools either through their own account or via a dummy account. I will go over personalizing vocab instruction, writing prompts, the content assigned, and more. Then, participants will have time to choose what they find to be most interesting as I circulate and provide support. Depending on time and interest, I'll also share a few other resources that might be helpful! [Engagement: peer-to-peer interaction, device-based activities, choice based on personal need.]

55 to closing: Further resources and Q&A As we close out, I will pull everyone back together. I will show where all the resources we had gone over live on the Flocabulary website, in addition to other STEM PL resources, and then take any questions.

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Blair Mishleau, Western School of Science and Technology

Blair Mishleau is the Director of Personalized Learning at Western School of Science and Technology, a 7-12 charter school in the Maryvale neighborhood of Phoenix. He is passionate about helping teachers and administrators better meet the needs of all students, while making their lives easier. He previously taught 1st-4th grade technology in Washington, DC and middle school reading in Minneapolis, MN. Email him at!

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