Wisconsin Media Lab selects Flocabulary’s The Week in Rap series

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Flocabulary, an online library of educational hip-hop songs and videos, announces that its The Week in Rap series has been selected by Wisconsin Media Lab as a new resource to be made available for all educators and students in the state. Starting August 1, Flocabulary’s original weekly current events series for kids is available to Wisconsin residents at WIMediaLab.org, as a result of a unique licensing partnership.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Wisconsin Media Lab, an organization that shares our commitment to providing students and teachers with access to high-quality educational resources,” said Alex Rappaport, CEO and Co-Founder of Flocabulary.

Wisconsin Media Lab collaborates with educators throughout the state to curate cost-free classroom content designed to meet the unique needs of educators and students. The Week in Rap was selected by Wisconsin Media Lab after a student recommended the series during a call for suggestions to the organization’s community. After an evaluation period by the Wisconsin Media Lab’s community of users, The Week in Rap was chosen for the organization’s collection of educational programs.

“Wisconsin educators have been asking for a current events program. The Week in Rap is spot-on,” said Kristin Leglar, Content and Outreach Manager at Wisconsin Media Lab. “The Week in Rap is engaging, will appeal to many students and ultimately increase student achievement. Wisconsin Media Lab is ecstatic about our partnership with Flocabulary.”

The Week in Rap is a hip-hop music video series highlighting top domestic, international and pop-culture news each week. Schools and educators across the country implement the series with their students to generate classroom discussion and written reflection on important news stories. Each video in The Week in Rap comes with interactive lyrics, allowing students to access more information and additional coverage of the news items featured. Fill-in-the-blanks and activities, such as crossword puzzles or trivia quizzes, also accompany the videos. Flocabulary produces content for all K-12 grade levels spanning the core academic subjects, including math, science, social studies, ELA and vocabulary, in addition to The Week in Rap. Flocabulary’s math and ELA resources are aligned to the Common Core, and its vocabulary program has demonstrated effectiveness in improving student achievement on state reading tests.

About Flocabulary

Flocabulary is a Brooklyn, NY-based online library of educational hip-hop songs and videos for grades K-12. Over 20,000 schools use Flocabulary to engage and inspire students. The company’s team of artists and educators is not only committed to raising test scores, but also to fostering a love of learning in every child. For more on Flocabulary, visit www.flocabulary.com or connect with us on Twitter or Facebook.

About Wisconsin Media Lab

Wisconsin Media Lab is a division of the Educational Communications Board.

The multimedia content available at WIMediaLab.org connects to Wisconsin’s academic standards and is vetted by practicing educators. Wisconsin Media Lab’s goal is to provide Wisconsin educators with high-quality multimedia resources that engage students, inspire creativity, cultivate critical thinking, explain difficult content and improve student achievement. Discover hundreds of classroom resources at WIMediaLab.org, then find lesson ideas and giveaways at Wisconsin Media Lab’s Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook pages.