#HipHopEd and #PBLchat

Last night was an amazing Twitter filled evening. It was a brilliant mash-up of two Twitter chats that had participants discussing the blending of culture, authenticity, and agency in education co-moderated by New Tech Network and the team from #HipHopEd . The focus was on Project Based Learning and Hip Hop Education, which some might think makes an unlikely pair.  Those people would be wrong.

At the heart of the conversation were the core principles of both hip hop and PBL. Engagement in learning and student choice were prevalent themes as was the focus on synthesis of new and existing information and how to represent that through technology, art and community. Hip hop allows for self-expression through multiple mediums like a well-crafted PBL unit does, often resulting in higher engagement while promoting student choice and demonstration of content knowledge. The natural marriage of these two topics also encourages cross disciplinary projects.

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