EDUC 218 MMPs 2014

Final MMPs 2014

 Hip Hop

For our Multimodal Media Project we want create a video on the relevance and implementation of Hip Hop as a learning tool in the classroom. To begin we plan to conduct interviews of variety of students/friends and ask “What does Hip Hop mean to you?”, “Do you think that Hip-Hop should be taught in schools and why?”, and “Have you ever learned anything about Hip Hop in a school setting?” Then continue the video with addressing the pros and cons of using hip hop as an education tool. After this, we want to interview a teacher implementing critical literacy in their classroom and talk about how it has developed their student’s minds, some challenges they have faced when using hip hop as a learning tool, and how classroom politics influence their daily curriculum. We plan to conclude our project with a cohesive explanation of hip-hop and the benefits of incorporating into academic settings. Our overall goal is to create a promotional introduction video to the incorporation of hip-hop in the classroom to encourage the use of critical thinking and literacy among instructors and their students. 

Erin, Dwight, Nicole, Julie

Hip Hop Humans

Together our group is creating a blog called Hip Hop Humans, inspired by Humans of New York. Each blog post is a picture of someone in their element and a brief explanation of what Hip Hop means to them. If the post is of a person we interviewed, they will have answered a few questions that we have about Hip Hop education and their thoughts on it. If the post is of a person we do not know (like famous artists or experts), we will have researched them to find a quote about how Hip Hop has impacted them. We also include videos, articles and other forms of media about hip hop and hip hop education in our blog.

As we discussed in class, part of critical pedagogy is taking action.  As a group we’ve decided to take action by promoting why Hip Hop should be included in school curriculums. By showing a bunch of people in their element, we can help prove that people from all different backgrounds and of all different interests believe in the power of learning about hip hop. We want to create something that people who maybe have doubts about hip hop education can look at and perhaps change their mind through personal stories and photos of all different people from around the world. We want an inspirational and persuasive blog about why Hip Hop should be in schools to exist, so we are going to make it.

We are excited to continue and maybe make a difference!

(Lauren Duffy, Erin Dow, Priscilla Chan, Marianne Mastrol)


Hip Hop

For our project, we are looking at the different regions of hip hop within the United States. Within these different regions – east, west, south, and midwest – we plan to examine cultural and community values found in local hip hop. After looking at the values and issues in local hip-hop, hip-hop can be engaged in the pedagogy of the classroom as a way to address and discuss issues. For example, the East Coast cities will cover the Bronx, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., the West Coast will cover Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle, the South will cover Atlanta, Miami and New Orleans, and the Midwest will cover Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit. Our multimodal project will incorporate music videos, quotes, analysis of theory.


Hip Hop Resources for Educators Tumblr

We would like to investigate four different minority cultures in the US. America has so much global influence in its own backyard, we would like to understand how these cultures use Hip Hop to form and maintain their own cultural identities. How do minority communities use Hip Hop to simultaneously gain access to a larger discourse community in the US (Hip Hop Nation) while creating their own smaller discourse community that represents their specific cultural identity. To communicate the findings of our investigation, we will create a blah through Tumblr. Tumblr is a blog hosting website that also allows a user to follow other blogs and repost blog posts by other writers. This format creates a sort of web of blogs that information flows throughout. This format will allow us to not only write our own blog posts that synthesize our investigation but also to link and reblog posts by writers in the communities that we’re investigating. In this sense, the “glocal” aspect of our content will also be present in the structure of the media as well as the content of the media.

Kelsey McBride, Michael Deasy, Aditi Durga, and Shaylyn Wadsworth


Activism in HipHop: transforming HipHop from a cultural movement into political power to produce social change.

Hip-hop is a transnational media. It’s the way in which youth communicate around the world. We’re looking to examine the ways, in which youth activists use hip-hop to communicate their message.  Specifically we’re looking to examine how language is used to resist, redefine, and reverse existing status quos that exist. Through hip-hop these groups are able to establish a new form of culture capital. We will use twitter to act as a bridge for the larger world to reach and interact with the works of various youth activist groups.


All groups members will focus on a specific youth activist group that uses hip-hop to resist redefine, and reverse existing status quos that exist. Each member is expected to compose 15-20 tweets related to their group.

Ultimately we are looking to say that hip-hop is a new form of culture capital and advocate the importance of hip-hop as a form of culture capital today.

Questions to be considered are:

How can hip-hop as a cultural movement be transformed into political power to promote social change?

How can critical educators bring student based and student produced knowledge into the classroom to be critically engaged and deconstructed?

How do we acknowledge previous student experience as legitimate content and challenge it at the same time?



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