KlabLab Launches Education Revolution With Sound of Knowledge Bus Tour, Interactive Site

Bay Area Startup Combines Music With Education Curriculum to Revolutionize Learning, Engage Students, Empower Teachers

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PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire -04/02/12)- KlabLab, the company leading the education revolution one song at a time, today announced its official launch and the kick-off of the Sound of Knowledge Tour 2012. Combining collaborative in-classroom lessons with its interactive website, KlabLab creates a new way to inspire today's hyper-connected, super social students. KlabLab is a powerful mashup of educational content and contemporary music, classroom experience and online engagement. KlabLab's Sound of Knowledge Tour 2012 is the first stage of its educational revolution. On the tour, KlabLab will visit classrooms around California to collaborate with students and teachers and create original music based on their curriculum.

"Budget cuts have created bigger classes with fewer resources, and student learning suffers. It's time for a revolution in education, and KlabLab knows that music has the power to inspire learning. Parents and educators across the nation and around the globe are seeking innovative, inexpensive ways to inspire engagement, creativity and collaboration in class," said Joe O'Loughlin, KlabLab's dean of collaboration and tour manager. "KlabLab provides an easy to use, free and -- most importantly -- fun way to learn. We foster collaborative learning -- a far more effective method -- and encourage students and educators to ignite their creative spark."

Through its site, KlabLab simplifies the creative process so anyone can contribute. KlabLab provides a lesson plan for teachers to bring the collaborative song-writing experience to their students, and offers free contemporary music templates that anyone can download and use to create original educational songs. Creators then record their songs and upload them to KlabLab's library to share with the world and foster learning.

For example, Ryan Templeman at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, Calif. pitted his sophomore history classes against one another to write the best song about the rise of communism. One class created "Communism is Classless," while the other wrote "No Communion in the Soviet Union." Based on votes within KlabLab, "No Communion in the Soviet Union" won a pizza party.

"It's a tough topic, and KlabLab's collaborative song writing increased student enthusiasm and engagement. One student wanted to win so much he made flyers to campaign for votes. It also improved comprehension -- test scores for the topic increased five to seven percent from the previous five-year average," said Templeman. "I am excited that other teachers and students around the country will have the opportunity to bring KlabLab's innovative, creative approach to education into their classrooms."

To encourage engagement and collaboration, KlabLab allows users to create and join communities with similar educational interests. It also allows contributors to vote on their favorite content and compete for prizes sponsored by KlabLab. Educators can also create their own contests for their students.

The Sound of Knowledge Tour 2012

To engage students and bring this collaborative approach into the classroom, KlabLab is embarking on the Sound of Knowledge Tour 2012. KlabLab outfitted its tour bus as a mobile recording studio, allowing students to write, perform and record their songs with KlabLab's team of professional musicians and educators. The student-created content generated on the tour will be posted to the KlabLab website, where students and educators from around the country will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites. KlabLab will reward the school that creates the most popular song with a $10,000 multimedia studio to be used for ongoing creative collaboration and content production at the school. The top 10 most popular songs will be recorded onto an album that will be produced and distributed by KlabLab this summer. The tour begins in California and will go national in fall 2012.

Upcoming dates and locations of the Sound of Knowledge Tour include:

  • April 2-6, 2012 -- Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and The Academy of Arts and Sciences -- San Francisco, Calif.
  • April 16, 2012 -- Livermore Charter School -- Livermore, Calif.
  • April 17, 2012 -- Quail Run Elementary -- San Ramon, Calif.

For additional upcoming tour dates, visit http://klablabtour.com/tour-dates/

To learn more, join the revolution and create your own KlabLab content, visit http://www.klablab.com

About KlabLab
KlabLab is leading an education revolution... one song at a time. Through collaborative learning and a powerful mashup of educational content and contemporary music, classroom experience and online engagement, KlabLab creates a new way to inspire today's hyper-connected, super social students. KlabLab engages students to actively learn, create new educational content, share it with their peers and get rewarded for their efforts. The angel-funded startup is located in Pleasanton, Calif. and on the web at http://www.klablab.com. Follow them @KlabLab.

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