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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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Frank W. Baker added 2 discussions to the group US History
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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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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Math Educators!
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TED-ED: How to visualize one part per million

How to visualize one part per million - Kim Preshoff + The TED-Ed CommunityAnimation by TED-Ed & Friends“Parts per million” is a scientific unit of measurement that counts the number of units of one substance per one million units of another. But because it’s hard to conceptualize really large numbers, it can be difficult to wrap our brains around…See More
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Media Education/Literacy
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Decoding Political Ads: Perfect Media Literacy Exercise for Campaign 2016

Media educator Frank Baker offers timely and relevant advice in this column on how educators could use presidential campaign commercials with students. See More
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Teach with Moving Images
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Decoding Political Commercials

Media educator Frank Baker offers timely and relevant advice in this column on how educators could use presidential campaign commercials with students. See More
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group US History
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Decoding Political Ads

Media educator Frank Baker offers timely and relevant advice in this column on how educators could use presidential campaign commercials with students. See More
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Advertising
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Decoding Political Advertisements

Media educator Frank Baker offers timely and relevant advice in this column on how educators could use presidential campaign commercials with students. See More
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Profile IconAnne Harkins, Steve Hong, Lori Dailey and 2 more joined Making Curriculum Pop
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Kelly Farrow replied to Ryan Goble's discussion IDEA: Speed Dating Books! in the group High School English Teachers Rock!
"I've done this with 6th grade! It's so much fun, isn't it? I provided a list of each book they came across (with a short blurb), and then they could mark it and later add it to their "want to read" list on our school's…"
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C Jimenez is now a member of Making Curriculum Pop
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Arts Integration
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ARTICLE: Can testing save arts education?

Would rather it not come to this but, read on...Can testing save arts education?Teachers hope exams will make arts matter as much as math and English. See More
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Art & Visual Cultures
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ARICLE: Can testing save arts education?

Would rather it not come to this but, read on...Can testing save arts education?Teachers hope exams will make arts matter as much as math and English. See More
Aug 16
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group High School English Teachers Rock!
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IDEA: Speed Dating Books!

So cool, from Kelly Gallagher....Day 2: my students wandered table to table to "speed date" 200 books. Started "What I might read" next lists. pic.twitter.com/Go74Vi4ko9— Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) August 11, 2016See More
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Kelly Farrow added a discussion to the group New Media & Technology
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Coding contests for HS?

Does anyone know of any not-too-advanced coding competitions for HS students? This is the first year the school I'm teaching at is offering a coding course, and it might be nice to give the kids something to work toward. Some contests I saw online seemed best for very advanced students, so I'm hoping to find something a little less demanding, or that has a level for beginners. Thanks!!See More
Aug 11
Kelly Farrow added a discussion to the group ICT and Computing teachers
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Coding Contests for HS

Does anyone know of any not-too-advanced coding competitions for HS students? This is the first year the school I'm teaching at is offering a coding course, and it might be nice to give the kids something to work toward. Some contests I saw online seemed best for very advanced students, so I'm hoping to find something a little less demanding, or that has a level for beginners. Thanks!!See More
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Kelly Farrow added a discussion to the group Technology Integration and Technology Education
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Coding Contests for HS?

Hi! It looks like this group has been really quiet... I'm not sure if anyone will see this, but I'll throw it out there and maybe we can pump some life into this group!!  :)Does anyone know of any not-too-advanced coding competitions for HS students? This is the first year the school I'm teaching at is offering a coding course, and it might be nice to give the kids something to work toward. Some contests I saw online seemed best for very advanced students, so I'm hoping to find something a…See More
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