Process & Product: AutoRap by Smule

Little Jimmy hate poetry? Not anymore! Use Autorap to engage musical and auditory learners by turning poems and more into beats!

AutoRap by Smule is an Android and iOS app that turns your speech into a rap. The app is free to download and includes free tracks as well as paid tracks. And don’t worry–you don’t need to be a rapper (or have any musical talent at all) in order to create some pretty cool beats.

This app would greatly benefit auditory learners, who learn best by “listening to what is being presented” and “hearing [their] own voice repeating something back” (mindtools.com). Of course, it would also benefit learners with musical intelligence, one of the seven distinct intelligences suggested by cognitive psychologist Howard Gardner.¬†Carla Lane, author of The Distance Learning Technology Resource Guide, summarizes Gardner’s theory, stating that musical learners

“show sensitivity to rhythm and sound. They love music, but they are also sensitive to sounds in their environments. They may study better with music in the background. They can be taught by turning lessons into lyrics, speaking rhythmically, tapping out time. Tools include musical instruments, music, radio, stereo, CD-ROM, multimedia.”

You can read more about auditory learners here, or Gardner’s Theory of Multiple intelligences here.

Finally, here are a few ways you could incorporate AutoRap into your lessons:

  1. Have students write and record their own poetry, especially to learn and practice sound devices such as alliteration, assonance, consonance, rhyme scheme, or meter.
  2. Have students record vocabulary words, mathematical equations, scientific terms, or historical dates and figures to memorize.
  3. Host a rap battle with any topic by pitting teams against each other and having the class vote on the best rap. Use a basketball bracket like this one to keep track of the winning record.

Do you have other ideas for how to use AutoRap in the classroom? Feel free to leave comments!

 

 

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