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Edutainment is the key ingredient in everything we produce. We put ourselves in the shoes of the students our content is created for. This process makes what we create culturally authentic and entertaining. By keeping a focus on our target audience, which is the students, our products and services capture their attention with entertainment and engage them with education!

 

   Keziah Finney, M.Ed
  Certified Mathematics Teacher
  15 years of teaching experience
Hip-Hop Artist
 
Educational Background
Wilmington College - Master's in Middle-Level Education
  University of Maryland Eastern Shore - Bachelors of Science in Biology

       

        
      James Finney, M.Ed
      JFINTV® Production Manager
      Director of Operations
        Educational Background
        Wilmington University - Master's in Applied Technology in Education
        Wilmington University - Bachelors of Science in Studio Production Digital-Filmmaking

           

            A Narrative Back Story 

           

          As an artist and educator, Mrs. Finney noticed early on in her teaching experience how quickly students memorized and recited hip-hop songs throughout the school day.  While her students walked in the hallways, socialized in the school cafeteria or completed class work, she would find many of them rapping popular hip hop songs or even creating their own lyrics.  These moments led Mrs. Finney to reflect upon her own similar experiences with hip-hop when she attended grade school.  Periodically, she noticed that many students showed a disconnection while she presented math lessons in the traditional fashion.  Eager to have her students engaged in the lesson as well as increase their level of comprehension, she started creating lyrics that explained the math content she was teaching.  When she shared the lesson through these lyrics, her students lit up!  Their excitement for learning increased, and so did their level of comprehension.  Through this experience, Mrs. Finney continued to provide her students with opportunities to learn their math lessons through hip-hop lyrics that she created.  Administrators, teachers, parents and students expressed their appreciation for Mrs. Finney’s ability to tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of her students. In addition, this made for a more rewarding and memorable classroom experience.

           

          When Mrs. Finney initially met her husband Mr. Finney, they both expressed their desire to help the youth.  Mr. Finney shared his business idea of an edutainment company that was tailored to providing the youth with positive information in an entertaining way.  He discussed video projects he completed through his brand name JFINTV®. He shared a project he produced for The State of Delaware’s Teen Summit as well as video projects that covered topics such as bullying and HIV just to name a few.  As an undergraduate student at Wilmington University, majoring in Studio Production and Digital Filmmaking, Mr. Finney was required to complete a senior project. The two used their skills and collaborated to create their first edutainment project together called “Adding Integers After School”. In this video, with a runtime of 5 minute 20 seconds, Mrs. Finney played dual roles as both the teacher and student. It was a comedic video that taught a lesson on Adding Integers after-school to a struggling student. The video concludes with the lyrics replaying on the screen for the viewer to increase his/her recall of the lyrics used to teach the math content.   

           

          Upon completion of this senior project, they both thought it would be a great idea to share this video with Mrs. Finney's students that were scheduled to receive a lesson on Adding Integers.  She decided to introduce the concept of adding integers through this video. She developed a Pre-Test and Post-Test to use before and after the video to determine the effectiveness of introducing the lesson through hip-hop lyrics.  The video was shown to her three classes (a total of 51 students).  To their surprise, the data reflected an average of 16 % increase in student comprehension. After reviewing these astonishing results, Mr. Finney asked Mrs. Finney, “How many people do you want to help”?  She replied, “As many as we can.”  At that point, they began to develop what is now known as JFINTV® Lyrical Math.