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!

Echoing one of my educational heroes, Bill Cosby, 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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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group World History
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Leo Geo!

Today I am going to look at two graphic novels that are not only gorgeous to look at but also great for content learning. They are by Jon Chadurjian (aka Jon Chad), who is an instructor at at The Center for Cartoon Studies. He also wrote and drew a bunch of mini-comics and zines as well as the horrible and…See More
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RESOURCE: Free 9-11 Teaching ToolKit

The 9/11 Tribute Center launched a new online education toolkit entitled “Teaching 9/11” for teachers that will provide a diversity of methods and examples of how to incorporate 9/11 in a variety of subjects throughout the academic year. The toolkit is free and can be accessed at http://tributewtc.org/education/resources/teaching911.The online toolkit is…See More
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Teach with Moving Images
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ESSAY: The Birth of Narrative (Part One)

Fascinating look at the history of film from screenwriter/critic Paul Schrader, who writes in the current (July/August 2014) issue of Film Comment. He connects film with art, but his main point, in part one of this series, is to examine how technological innovation and…See More
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group School Administration
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RADIO/STUDY: The Myth Of The Superstar Superintendent?

Great 3 minute radio feature at NPR on a new study:At corporations, leadership matters. A lot. Think of the impact of the late Steve Jobs at Apple or Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg today, to name a couple.CEOs often play a vital role in bolstering a company's performance, image and culture of success. (Although studies show that obscenely high CEO compensation isn't always the best incentive.)For America's…See More
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Fashion & Education

You don't have be on Project Runway or attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to use fashion or clothing in your teaching!See More
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Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth

First, let me start off that I am predisposed to like this book. I have read Jay Hosler's other comics, including The Sandwalk Adventures and…See More
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Frank W. Baker added 2 discussions to the group US History
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Art & Visual Cultures
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RESOURCE: Picturing US History: An Interactive Resource For Teaching With Visual Evidence

Picturing United States History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence is a digital project based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. This website provides online "Lessons in Looking," a guide to Web resources, forums, essays, reviews, and classroom activities to help teachers incorporate…See More
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Frank W. Baker added 2 discussions to the group Teach with Moving Images
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Patrícia Vieira is now a member of Making Curriculum Pop
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How Artwork Inspires Filmmakers

Production designer Howard Cummings (Cinemax's The Knick) says in the September 12 issue of EW magazine that the look of the operating theatre was taken from the famous Thomas Eakins painting "The Agnew Clinic" (above right).  Its stark aesthetic reflected director Steven Soderbergh's original vision for a black-and-white film.…See More
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Ryan Goble added 2 discussions to the group Science Teachers
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Joan Axthelm replied to Ryan Goble's discussion VIDEO: Colbert, Common Core, Counter Point & New Math (from the 1960s) in the group Elementary Educators
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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.

Need help from Content Area Teachers!

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

 
 
 

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