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3...2...1...TikTok Meets Khan Academy: Prepmedians the Prep Comedians

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Thursday, December 3, 12:00–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Kalyan Ray-Mazumder  
Join Prepmedians CEO Kalyan Ray-Mazumder as he discusses Prepmedians (the test prep comedians), which empowers students to succeed academically (especially on their SATs/ACTs) by engaging them online through highly effective sketch comedy videos! That's right: Prepmedians makes learning hilarious and memorable.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: 1. Go to
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3. Fill out name, email, and password.
4. How did you find out about us? Choose "Event." Please specify: Type in "ISTE".
5. School/Organization: Choose "Other" and type in your School Name.
6. Click "I agree" and "Sign Up."
7. Check out the free Parts of Speech Module. When you come to the session, I'll provide a promo code at the end to unlock the full platform!
Topic: Reimagining learning
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using a variety of research-based, learner-centered instructional strategies and assessment tools to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

After the presentation, participants will walk away with a full understanding of Prepmedians, edutainment, and how to engage their students in the classroom. So many students tune out of their education because they do not find it culturally relevant anymore. However, by understanding that engaging them in rap, humor, and music, we as educators can go above the status quo in education and get them to realize how applicable education is to the success that they yearn for in their lives. Imagine if we had never learned the alphabet song--it would have been far more difficult to learn those 26 letters!
We will use for the demonstration of instructional activities. It is an educational software program that teaches test prep through highly effective sketch comedy and pop music videos (think Khan Academy meets Saturday Night Live). Thus far, we have seen the following success:

We have nonprofit and school partners nationwide and have seen incredible results with many students improving from average to 99th percentile scores and a statistically significant increase of 7% from the base score after students watch just one video.


Audiences will be guided through the use of the platform, scientific research supporting edutainment and its efficacy, and the chance to interact with modules on the platform to see for themselves the effectiveness of the platform.
Time will be approximately 30 minutes if snapshot and 1 hour if lecture and will involve 1/3 of the time on research, 1/3 of the time on demonstration and 1/3 of the time on interaction and questions.
We will use visually stunning and hilarious videos to captivate the audience as well as the award-winning charisma of CEO Kalyan Ray-Mazumder who was a professional Off-Broadway actor.

Supporting research

1. McNeish, Daniel M., et al. “Adjusted Differences in ACT Scores by Family Income.” ACT Research & Policy, May 2016.
2. Zin & Zain, The effects of edutainment toward students’ achievements, January 2010
3. Pekrun R. The impact of emotions on learning and achievement: towards a theory of cognitive/motivational mediators. 1992.
4. Shaiju & John, Effectiveness of edutainment on academic achievement of students from tribal areas of Bastar, January 2016

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Kalyan Ray-Mazumder, Prepmedians

Kalyan Ray-Mazumder is the CEO, Founder, and Host of Prepmedians the test prep comedians. He has worked in education and acting for a decade and has performed Off-Broadway and in film/television series. He graduated from Yale magna cum laude with a degree in Psychology and Theater Studies and he earned his MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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