Making Curriculum Pop

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Thanks to everyone who voted for MC POP at this year's Edublog Awards! Please check out their great collection of online ed resources by exploring all the nominees and winners HERE.

ABOUT MC POP

Hey, Hey, Hey this is Ryan Goble coming at you with teaching resources and fun; and if you're not careful we’ll share some cool web links before we’re done!

Making Curriculum Pop was created in the spirit of groundbreaking shows like Fat Albert, Sesame Street and School House Rock. Each of these programs embraced common cultures to engage kids in learning. That type of education – the fun, cool, meaningful and engaging kind - is what Making Curriculum Pop is here to facilitate through Ning’s Web 2.0 technology.

In the summer of 2009 my wife and I moved back home to Chicago where I teach teachers as an adjunct professor at Aurora, Roosevelt and Benedictine Universities. From 2005-2009 I worked as a curriculum coordinator and new teacher coach at a high school in the South Bronx, NYC. During that time I spent a lot of time sharing teaching resources that utilize common cultures. Building on the work I was doing in my day job I thought it would be powerful and political to bring together a collective of teachers dedicated to making curriculum pop. The site officially launched on January 20 ,2009.

It is hard for individual teachers to catch every cool website, video clip, song, study guide or comic but collectively MC POP is a forum where we can all share resources to reinvent our core curriculum and the larger dialogue on public education. So if you use popular and common cultures to reflect, refract, refocus and reinvent your core curriculum MC POP is the place for you.

The site is a spin off of the work that Paul, Nicole and I do at Mindblue but it is not designed to be an advertising hub. I’m sure we’ll broadcast a message when we release a new study guide but that is not the focus of the web site. NONE of the links I e-mail are paid solicitations. The ads on the right sidebar are placed by Ning and will be there until I decide we can pay for the network (that lets you know how - cough - impressive the present Mindblue revenue stream is). I dig teachers and companies that do cool work and want to share those resources with teachers however, this network is designed for educators who work with students.

As the network evolves over time, I’ll articulate guidelines for folks with commercial interests and individuals around spam. In the meantime I hope you’ll get started by doing something cool on the network.

Good Vibes,

Ryan R. Goble

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VIDEO: Standup Economist!

Great stuff, read about him in Grist. Behold Bauman’s spin-off of the famous (and entirely imprecise) models of Yale University climate economist Bill Nordhaus — the VANILLA ICE model: See more at http://standupeconomist.comSee More
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Teach with Moving Images
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Teacher Guide To The Academy Awards

Even though many students may not have seen all of the Oscar-nominated films, they can still view the trailers for the films and read about them online. Trailers are considered persuasive texts because they are designed to pique the interest of the audience, sometimes…See More
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TV Special: CNN "Voices of Auschwitz"

CNN Special Report: Blitzer to Host "Voices of Auschwitz" Jan. 27 at 9pm ETEva Kor arrived at Auschwitz with her mother and twin sister in 1944, when she was just 10-years old. That day on the selection platform was the last time she would ever see her…See More
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TV SERIES: EARTH: A New Wild (PBS)

Coming soon to a PBS channel near you: prowling tigers, a geodesic aquaculture dome and toy-like panda cubs.These are some stars of the upcoming series “EARTH – A New Wild,” which airs internationally starting February 4. (check your local listings for the…See More
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Frank W. Baker added 2 discussions to the group US History
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Ryan Goble replied to Ryan Goble's discussion AUDIO: Do films about real people and events need to be accurate? in the group High School English Teachers Rock!
"Yes - and "duh" right - although staying true to the essence of things is helpful, eh?"
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Frank W. Baker replied to Ryan Goble's discussion AUDIO: Do films about real people and events need to be accurate? in the group High School English Teachers Rock!
"Reminds me of my column from last year: Historical Films Will Never Be Accurate"
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Making Shakespeare Pop!

The most famous pop phenom is everywhere in modern culture & classrooms.See More
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Michele Vogt-Schuller replied to Ryan Goble's discussion TV: Shakespeare Uncovered PBS in the group High School English Teachers Rock!
"Thanks for posting this! I'll let you know how the kids like this!"
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Ryan Goble added 2 discussions to the group High School English Teachers Rock!
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Making Shakespeare Pop!
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TV: Shakespeare Uncovered

OK, I feel really late to this party and as such assume that most of you already know about this PBS show. But let's just say you don't. PBS - Shakespeare Uncovered - lots of celeb hosts, many plays. A preview? Main website - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/shakespeare-uncoveredEducational resources - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/shakespeare-uncovered/education/See More
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Advertising
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VIDEO/SERIES: Wait, how do strawberry pesticides relate to WWI?

Food, science, history and media ed issues here in abundance. Also a reminder why people always suggest staying away from non-organic strawberries - although that might not help either. What does WWI have to do with our fruit supply? View on... See the full story here at…See More
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group History + Movies
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AUDIO: Do films about real people and events need to be accurate?

Great discussion on film and history from Worldview @ WBEZ Chicago Public Radio.See More
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group World History
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AUDIO: Do films about real people and events need to be accurate?

Great discussion on film and history from Worldview @ WBEZ Chicago Public Radio.See More
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Ryan Goble added 2 discussions to the group Media Education/Literacy
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Seeking Essay Contributions

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Films on Media Literacy? 5 Replies

Started by Natasha Casey in About the MC POP NING!. Last reply by Natasha Casey Feb 5, 2014.

Need help from Content Area Teachers!

Started by Sarah Mulhern Gross in General Discussion Jul 11, 2013.

 
 
 

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