Following a tip from the always-helpful Tom McFadden, I had a great call with Joe O’Loughlin of KlabLab this morning. KlabLab is a San Francisco Bay-area startup that supplements conventional classroom instruction with music and videos.
KlabLab has only been up and running for year or so, but its approach has already evolved considerably. Joe told me that his team originally created pre-packaged songs and videos that students would enjoy, but they decided early on that it would be even better to involve the students as songwriters and performers. In their current “Sound of Knowledge” tour, they travel to California schools and make music in collaboration with the students, who serve as full creative partners. A Yahoo News article has additional information about this.
KlabLab has posted a bunch of science and math videos to their website, with the biggest hit to date being Cell City. They are also helping McFadden with the Science Idol music contest in New Zealand. Check ’em out!