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 The News: Teaching With and About it
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PD: News Literacy

The News Literacy Project is offering a series of four online professional development workshops, starting in November, for educators in middle schools and high schools. Enroll online …See More
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SHAUNA HAMMOND is now a member of Making Curriculum Pop
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Tim Albert and Elizabeth Stanley are now friends
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Advertising
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RESOURCE: Here Comes The Holiday Toy Ad Invasion

Several resources for those who plan to use children's toy ads as a teachable moment/ media literacy lesson opportunity. Frank Baker's Toy Ad Website Frank Baker's Buy Me That Lesson Plan (includes the toy commercial) Frank Baker's MiddleWeb Column with ideas and resources Toy Ad…See More
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Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook shared Ryan Goble's discussion on Facebook
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Profile IconOdetta Hartman and Kelly Mackura joined Making Curriculum Pop
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Math Educators!
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group US History
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COURSE: History Channel Launches US History Course Online

The college classroom is embracing television, as A&E Network's …See More
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jeanne kilburg updated their profile
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Matt Finch commented on Ryan Goble's group Graphic Novels & Comics
"So you'll have seen the announcement that Marvel is finally going to give us a female-led superhero film in Captain Marvel, due July 2018.  I'm really pleased that we're going to see a woman as the lead of a Hollywood…"
Tuesday
Ryan Goble replied to Ryan Goble's discussion ARTICLE/ BOOK: Graphic Novelist the Story of Climate Change in the group Science Teachers
"Thanks as always for sharing ES!  BTW - we picked up Kids + Money and it has been a big hit! Ry:)"
Tuesday
Elizabeth Stanley added a discussion to the group Post-Secondary Educators
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Sources for Streaming Media in the Classroom

Where do you look for streaming media sources for use in your classroom?  Beyond YouTube and NetFlix and various pop-ups on the Internet, where do you find sources for streaming media resources that you trust for your students to use for research and discussion?  Please post your findings and share the process you use to vet the sources, too.See More
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Elizabeth Stanley joined Ryan Goble's group
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Post-Secondary Educators

Do you use pop culture with the over 17 set? Come join this group for the post-secondary crowd!See More
Tuesday
Elizabeth Stanley replied to Ryan Goble's discussion ARTICLE/ BOOK: Graphic Novelist the Story of Climate Change in the group Science Teachers
"Thanks for this post, Ryan!  I think it's interesting that he chose to title the book, "Climate Changed" (note the past tense!)  I also wanted to encourage teachers who are interested in this topic to consider screening a…"
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Profile IconSunil Freeman, Maryann Quirk, Lila Grooms and 3 more joined Making Curriculum Pop
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Ann Cox replied to Matt Finch's discussion The Worst Song I Ever Loved: Writing About Pop Music in a Personal and Critical Context in the group Music
"I love this idea! I do a project with my creative writing students in which they reflect on all kinds of songs in their lives--a song that reminds you of a first kiss, a song that reminds you of a junior high dance, etc. I'm betting I could do…"
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Frank W. Baker added 2 discussions to the group Advertising
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Teach with Moving Images
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How Much Post-Processing Goes Into a L’Oréal Beauty Commercial

People can get really upset when you start using the P word. Magazine covers, professional portraits and even Instagram posts have been accused of using Photoshop. But nobody bats an eye when a beauty commercial comes on TV.Photos are manipulated, video, unless there’s CGI involved, is immune from such falsehoods right? Not really.…See More
Tuesday
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Science Teachers
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ARTICLE/ BOOK: Graphic Novelist the Story of Climate Change

If Philippe Squarzoni knows one thing, it’s that a book can’t change the world. When the French graphic novelist — whose work tackles such hard-hitting topics as the Zapatista movement in Mexico and homicide rates in Baltimore — decided to put together a 500-page tome on climate change, he did so, he says, not out of…See More
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Sustainable/Green Education
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ARTICLE/ BOOK: Graphic Novelist the Story of Climate Change

If Philippe Squarzoni knows one thing, it’s that a book can’t change the world. When the French graphic novelist — whose work tackles such hard-hitting topics as the Zapatista movement in Mexico and homicide rates in Baltimore — decided to put together a 500-page tome on climate change, he did so, he says, not out of…See More
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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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