The Fresh Annotator is a creative engagement application designed to help students forge a personal connection with hip-hop educational content through play. The initial middle school history content is delivered in the form of multimedia lyrics which include keywords that students can annotate with drawings, their own audio, text, or video. Students can play back and live-jam to their annotations. Teachers can access online and use without having to create a login account or downloading and installing any software. The tool is designed so that it can be used by students individually or collaboratively as a group. Individual sessions are saved as unique URLs. 


The Fresh Annotator was developed by the NYU MusEDLab for Fresh Ed, an arts integrated program designed to enhance teaching and learning through culturally responsive pedagogy (teacher practice) and song-writing (student engagement). It gives teachers and students new ways to interact with content-related vocabulary and concepts, to increase knowledge and deepen understanding. Learn more at

Check out FreshEd in action at the SXSW Edu panel: 
Can Hip Hop Save Us? Youth and School Culture

Featuring Audra The Rapper, Brian Mooney, James Miles and John Robinson.