NSW Department of Education and Training Raps and book raps

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Raps FAQs

What is a rap?

A rap is a discussion about a text, video or topic using emails, listservs, web logs (or ‘blogs’) and/or wikis.

Why do we do raps?

Raps involve practical use of ICTs in a meaningful context to communicate with a real audience.

Raps are a modern and engaging variation of the study of a topic or text.

Who is involved?

Students and their teacher-librarians and/or teachers, in high schools or primary schools, are involved. Schools really benefit from participating in raps because of the meaningful contact the students and teachers have with other schools. This communication enriches learning.

How much time will it take?

Ideally, about three or four lessons a week, for five or six weeks, depending on the rap.

Ideas for teacher librarians who may not have this time.

Who writes raps?

Teachers, teacher librarians and curriculum consultants, working together.

Who reads and responds to students’ emails or blog comments

Other rappers read the messages. The rap coordinator guides and encourages participants.

Participants can also respond to messages from other class groups.

What sort of technology is required?

Internet access to at least one computer and a class group email address or blog identity. For more information, contact the rap coordinator.

How would the technology be used?

Computers are needed for word processing, accessing online support resources and websites.

Only one student needs to upload the class/group response, so not every student needs computer access for this purpose.

A data projector hooked up to a computer in the library or classroom, or an electronic whiteboard, would be a great addition so the whole class can see the rap projected on the screen.

Using the computers in the library, in collaboration with the teacher librarian, would be a great way to teach the rap.

Activity sheets can be printed.

Should I join the teacher support rap blog?

Yes. The teacher rap blog offers support to other teachers involved in the rap. It is a separate forum where particular aspects about the rap may be discussed and professional expertise can be shared. It allows for professional discussion.

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How do students post a response to the rap?

You will have registered to the rap by sending the class email address and creating a blog identity. Prepare the response to the week’s work (the Rap point). Go to URL for the blog, which is in the welcome email message you received when you registered. Upload the class response to the Comments section attached to the relevant rap point.

What is rap map?

A map which is printed and then displayed in the classroom for plotting the geographical locations of the schools involved in the rap.

Find an example of a map. Students may use this to identify and locate selected schools participating in the rap.

Online, interactive maps are also available, such as Google Earth.

What is rap lingo?

Here is an explanation of some of the terms you may find used in the rap.

Rap blog

an online discussion about a book or video etc


the people involved in the rap

Rap map

a map marking other rappers’ locations

Rap point

a topic, issue or event to discuss by email, blogs or wikis

Rap record

printout of email or blog exchanges

Rap reflections

sheets for rappers to reflect on their experiences and skills

Rap rep

the person typing the responses

Rap reporters

the people relaying rap news to others

Rap rules

guidelines of a rap discussion

Rap sheets 

work sheets

Rap wrap up

final message about a rap

What do you do now?

  • Read through the rap materials and click on the hyperlinks; print off any rap sheets (work sheets or information sheets) which you may need.
  • Decide on a name for your group, e.g. Palm Tree rappers.
  • Organise the class response to the rap point. This can be saved in a word document ready to paste and upload to the rap blog.
  • Click the hyperlink post your class response. This will take you to the blog.
  • Enter your ‘rap name’ and email address. The email address will not be published.
  • Paste or type your comment. Then submit. That’s it!

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