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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DOCS: PBS Frontline Education Docs

Great collection of Frontline docs!!!…See More
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DOCS: Frontline Education Docs

Great collection of Frontline docs!!!…See More
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VIDEO: Kerry James Marshall - Mastry

Great exhibit - video here captures a lot!See More
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Preparing Students to Critically View/Analyze The Presidential Debates

 Media educators Karen Zill and Frank Baker offer educators timely advice, along with lesson ideas and for students, a downloadable debate analysis worksheet.  http://www.middleweb.com/32760/media-literacy-how-to-watch-the-debates/See More
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Media literacy experts offer timely advice for engaging students in presidential debates

Media educators Karen Zill and Frank Baker offer educators timely advice, along with lesson ideas and for students, a downloadable debate analysis worksheet.  http://www.middleweb.com/32760/media-literacy-how-to-watch-the-debates/See More
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Great TED Talks

Does anyone have suggestions for TED Talks you love to use with your students?See More
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Poets & Writers

This is a group for those who teach many genres of writing with a special emphasis on the poetic part of our teaching.
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Graphic Novels & Comics

For people interested in discussing comics in the classroom!
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Webcast: Pop Literacy (Registration Open)

Register NOW for SLJ Webcast: Pop Literacy Title: Pop Literacy Date: Tuesday, December 06, 2016Time: 03:00-4:00 PM Eastern Standard TimeSummaryThe Walking Dead, hip-hop, Snapchat, and the U.S. presidential race. All resources for learning. We’ll explore new literacies in practice to glean how student-led exploration using meaningful topics and engaging tools can make learning pop.PanelistsFrank Baker - Founder, The Media Literacy ClearinghouseRenee Hobbs - Director, Media Education Lab,…See More
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OP-ED: Why American Schools Are Even More Unequal Than We Thought

In Michigan, as in the rest of the country, about half of eighth graders in public schools receive a free or reduced-price lunch. But when we look more closely, we see that just 14 percent have been eligible for subsidized meals every year since kindergarten. These children are the poorest of the poor — the persistently disadvantaged.The math scores of these poorest children are far lower than predicted by the standard measure of economic disadvantage. The achievement gap between persistently…See More
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