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Connecting Culture to Instruction Through Flocabulary's Lyric Lab

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Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, June 25, 4:00–6:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 47

Kyle Reed   Jaclyn Woerner  
Explore Flocabulary's Lyric Lab and delve into the connection of culture to instruction, especially domain specific areas. See student samples and take part in a hands-on activity to create a Lyric Lab assessment.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Flocabulary accounts if able, if not, we can use mine
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Music
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Ensure effective practice in the study of technology and its infusion across the curriculum.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Related exhibitors: Flocabulary

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to apply Lyric Lab to the current curricula in their districts.
Participants will create and perform a rap and/or lyrics based on a domain specific topic to show understanding of that given topic.
Participants will be able to implement Lyric Lab in their daily instruction to culturally connect students.

Anyone who visits the presentation should walk away with the understanding that students, especially in a Title 1 setting, culturally connect and do better in school when connected to their roots or pop culture. As an MC Educator for Flocabulary, I will demonstrate the use of Lyric Lab in the classroom. We will view student examples and how far you could take it: a simple assignment or even as far as music video!! Synthesis and analysis of domain specific ideas are key in assessing students. Lyric Lab does both effortlessly through fun, music and innovation.

My Title 1 students have been using Lyric Lab for the last 3 years. Simply put: they have succeeded. They connect to the music, the openness of the medium in which to write and the millions of opportunities to express themselves. We have simply written poetry, rhymes, lyrics to performing raps to creating music videos with iMovie and a green screen. The possibilities are endless. No one even realizes they are writing! It is flawless.


I will present an open Lyric Lab with a topic chosen by the audience. We will watch a video, view domain specific vocabulary and then apply knowledge to the Lyric Lab on Flocabulary.
After words: we share. One may get up and rap, read as poetry or a teacher read example.
I will engage the audience by playing the 50 beats that can be matched with the flow and rhythm of the written rhyme. We may even break out into rap battle!

Supporting research


This blog fully supports the Lyric Lab engagement and its vehicle for creativity.

The following was a case study done by Flocabulary on my school district. You will read the interview of myself and other colleagues:


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Kyle Reed, Woodbridge Twp School District
Jaclyn Woerner, Menlo Park Terrace School/Woodbridge

Flocabulary MCE, Level 1 Google Educator, 5th Grade LA teacher, mom, wife, daughter...loving life