Math, Hip-Hop and Technology in a Blended Learning

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this presentation was made at the Sloan C Conference on Blended Learning in Chicago in 2009. Not a lot of text, it describes the work I did working with students at the University of Maryland at College Park.

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Math, Hip-Hop and Technology in a Blended Learning

  1. 1. Math, Hip-Hop and Technology in a blended sense SLOAN- C Workshop on Blended Learning and Higher Education April 27, 2009 Andrew J. Ryan Montgomery College Coordinator , Center for Teaching and Learning dru.ryan@montgomerycollege.edu
  2. 2. Overview 1.  Overview 2.  Engaging Via Technology 3.  Blending the Learning 4.  Lessons Learned Gear-Up Students using Moodle system for final assessment
  3. 3. Using Technology to Engage •  Moodle provides an open source platform for learning •  Student are given access to course material, chat, discussion room, journal, email among other functions •  Students complete one lesson and one activity during week •  Lessons are non-cumulative … Other Technologies Used: Articulate Engage Jing – Screencasts Media – movies, audio files Impatica
  4. 4. Other Technologies -- Raptivity
  5. 5. Screenshots
  6. 6. Screenshots
  7. 7. Screenshots
  8. 8. Screenshots
  9. 9. Screenshots
  10. 10. Hip-Hop As An Educational TOOL BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS: REACHING YOUTH AT – RISK THROUGH THE ARTS
  11. 11. Hip-Hop As An Educational TOOL [2] Social Studies (History, Economics, Government) • Use rap music to study different periods in American History •  Can compare and contrast Harlem Renaissance •  Social conditions around the country • Study rap lyrics for political or social commentary •  KRS-One, Mos Def, The Coup, Talib Kweli • Students can write rhymes about different periods in history South Bronx BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS: REACHING YOUTH AT – RISK THROUGH THE ARTS
  12. 12. They Like It!
  13. 13. Lessons Learned • Students will embrace technology … especially when there is a space for them to express their individuality (personal profiles, pics, blog, chat) • Provides a good opportunity to ‘academic-ize’ the use of computers •  Emailing attachments •  Effective search techniques • Lessons must be mapped to prior instruction … students do not connect abstracts dots online • Avoid multiple choice . . . They don’t mind being wrong and it doesn’t give you info on accuracy of response • Including pop culture or local names/places personalizes the experience • Always include a writing component . . . Stress the need for consistency on online and in class writing.
  14. 14. Math, Hip-Hop and Technology in a blended sense SLOAN- C Workshop on Blended Learning and Higher Education April 27, 2009 Andrew J. Ryan Montgomery College Coordinator , Center for Teaching and Learning dru.ryan@montgomerycollege.edu

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