Flow to Know: Flocabulary Website
Type of Technology: Educational Website
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade Levels: K-12
Subject Areas: All
Cost: Free one month trial
School-One flat rate for all teachers & all students: $1,200
District-5-10 schools: 10% off, or $1080 per school; 11-20 schools: 20% off, or $960 per school; 21-30 schools: 30% off, or $840 per school
I am lucky enough to have a principal who thinks Flocabulary is valuable and she decided to purchase a school plan for teachers and students.
I teach independent studies to fifth year seniors and I have students who have struggled with attending school on a regular basis, so they are missing large chunks of fundamental knowledge. The other day I was working with a student on Functions (Algebra 1) and he was having an extremely difficult time. As I was working with him, I noticed that he could not grasp the concept of a coordinate plane. I tried multiple times to explain how a coordinate plane works to the best of my abilities. As the student’s frustrations grew, so did mine. There was no other way I could come up with to explain, demonstrate, draw, etc. the plane. I told the student that we both needed five minutes to clear our minds…before he completely shut down.
So, I took that time and googled the coordinate plane and I discovered the wonderful world of Flocabulary. I was able to click on a free video “flow” that explained the coordinate plane in the form of a rap. My students LOVE rap, so it is a phenomenal resource. The student and I came back together and I had him view the video. Low and behold after the video, the student was singing “X goes across, like a boss.” The videos are informative and catchy. My student was able to grasp the concept and felt great about moving forward with functions.
“Flocabulary presents academic content in a highly-engaging, contemporary format. Videos let the topic speak for itself, providing students with both visual and aural exposure. And videos aren’t only for introducing new topics: Use them to review and provide ongoing enrichment as well” (Flocabulary.com).
They even offer lesson implementation suggestions, where you can review a recommended lesson sequence that goes along with various “flows.” Teachers can browse by Common Core standards and the videos that are common core aligned. You can take a lesson a bit further and students can write their own flows, and preform them with given beats, lessons, and or games. Endless resources such as note taking charts and lesson plans enhance the videos. I have found this site to be very useful, especially because I teach so many subject areas.