Flocabulary: Educational Hip-Hop for K-12

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Catchy hip-hop songs and fun videos for memorable learning.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about math, language arts, science, social studies, vocabulary, life skills, news, and current events. Kids can also learn how rhyme and rhythm can be used as study tools to help them recall and retain information.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. A search option to locate videos by keyword would be a useful addition.

Violence & Scariness

Depending on current news, the Week In Rap may contain subject matter related to violence. Week In Rap Junior videos are recommended for kids in third to fifth grades.

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Language
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Depending on current news, the Week In Rap may contain subject matter related to substances. There are Week In Rap Junior videos recommended for kids in third to fifth grades.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Flocabulary: Educational Hip-Hop for K-12 is a video app that uses rhyme and rhythm to help kids learn many school subjects, life skills, and vocabulary. There are videos for kids age 5 to teens, and parents can set the grade level to limit video choices to those that are appropriate for their kid's age. After choosing and viewing a brief video, kids can take a Challenge quiz, learn vocabulary definitions, and read the full lyrics for each of the more than 800 videos. A subscription is $4.99/month (if you're already subscribed to the Flocabulary website, the app is included). Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Before watching the videos on FLOCABULARY: EDUCATIONAL HIP-HOP FOR K-12, parents should go to the parental controls and set the appropriate grade level. Then kids can scroll through the subject options. Choose science, for example, and then swipe left (or tap See All and scroll down) to view the available science videos. Science subtopics appear; tap the one you're interested in viewing. Choose Life Sciences, for example, to view all videos related to that subtopic, and tap the Play icon on one video to watch. Next, you can choose to take the Challenge quiz related to the video, read vocabulary terms and definitions under the Glossary, or tap Lyrics to read the full lyrics. Week in Rap videos may reference violence or substances, depending on the week's news, but parents can control access by age.

Is it any good?

Many of the hip-hop songs on this educational app are serious earworms, quickly sticking inside kids' brains. This is good news, because there's a lot to learn in Flocabulary: Educational Hip-Hop for K-12. Each subject gets a catchy rhythm and rhyme embedded into a memorable video. Some examples of subjects covered in the videos include the classification of the life system, multiplication tables, prefixes, and social skills. Limiting videos by grade level ensures that the material will be understandable and age-appropriate. Adding a search option to the app so kids or parents can search for a video by keyword would be useful. It's likely worth the $4.99/month subscription price, especially if your kid loves music and needs help remembering what's being taught in school or if your kid needs fun life-skills learning.   

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Flocabulary: Educational Hip-Hop for K-12  can help them memorize important education concepts and facts, including math facts. What are kids struggling with, or what do they want to learn more about? Find videos that apply.

  • If there's no video about a topic your kid is learning about or facts they need to memorize, encourage them to create their own song or video about it.

  • Discuss other methods to memorize words and facts. Other than rap, what are some techniques kids can use to remember things?

  • Find out if your kid uses Flocabulary at school already to gauge how familiar they are with the platform.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: vocabulary
    Math: addition, algebra, counting, division, fractions, geometry, money, multiplication, subtraction
    Science: animals, engineering, biology, chemistry, life cycle, physics, plants, rocks and minerals, substance properties
    Social Studies: cultural understanding, events, global awareness, government
    Arts: rhythm
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization
    Self-Direction: motivation, working efficiently
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try
  • Subscription price: $4.99/month
  • Release date: April 6, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along
  • Size: 71.00 MB
  • Publisher: Flocabulary
  • Version: 1.2.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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