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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New Media & Technology

Looking for a Web 2.0 app for your classroom? Here's a space for people interested in new technologies and media.
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The News: Teaching With and About it

Ideas, resources, and conversation about using the news in instruction.
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American Literature

For teachers of American Lit who want to MC Pop! FYI: it is a still from the film adaptation of the Secret Life of Bees - that film is extra pop because it features singer/actors Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah and Jennifer Hudson!See More
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High School English Teachers Rock!

This group is for all high school english teachers to share ideas, lesson plans, and any other resources that will help each other!See More
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Adolescent Literature

We examine books for young adults so we can better understand what makes them tick. Share your reads with us.See More
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Advisory Teachers

For Advisory teachers who want to share lessons, strategies, advice, and conversation on the topic of Advisory on the middle school and high school level.
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World Literature

For teachers using literature from around the world!
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group P.E., Health & Wellness Education
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TED-ED VIDEO: How the food you eat affects your brain

How the food you eat affects your brain - Mia NacamulliAnimation by Private IslandWhen it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night? Mia Nacamulli takes you into the brain…See More
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group World Literature
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TED-ED VIDEO: What makes something "Kafkaesque"?

What makes something "Kafkaesque"?Animation by TED-EdThe term Kafkaesque has entered the vernacular to describe unnecessarily complicated and frustrating experiences, especially with bureaucracy. But does standing in a long line to fill out confusing paperwork really capture the richness of Kafka’s vision? Beyond the word’s casual use, what makes…See More
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Graphic Novels & Comics

For people interested in discussing comics in the classroom!
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Ryan Goble added 2 discussions to the group Science Teachers
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group British Literature (sans Shakespeare)
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FRANKEN-SCIENCE: Doctor’s Plan for Full-Body Transplants Raises Doubts Even in Daring China

This stuff just got weird from the NYTimes - nice connection to Frankenstein for those of you who teach that or Frankenweenie! Full …See More
Jun 20
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group US History
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TED-ED VIDEO: Why wasn’t the Bill of Rights originally in the US Constitution?

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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group World History
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TED-ED VIDEO: What does it mean to be a refugee? - Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman

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Ryan Goble added 2 discussions to the group Sustainable/Green Education
Jun 19
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Media Education/Literacy
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ARTICLE: Why Stephen Curry (NBA) Hawking H20 Is Radical

From Earth Island Journal...Why Hawking H20 Is RadicalBY ANNA LAPPÉGolden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest players in basketball history. But he will be remembered for another reason, too: He was the first…See More
Jun 19
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Science Teachers
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TUMBLR: 1/3 of Humanity Can't See the Milky Way

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Jun 19
Carli is now a member of Making Curriculum Pop
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Adolescent Literature

We examine books for young adults so we can better understand what makes them tick. Share your reads with us.See More
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