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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Michele Vogt-Schuller added a discussion to the group High School English Teachers Rock!
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School-Wide Blog Provides Opportunities for Authentic Student Writing!

A school in Texas is having students blog about learning styles, how the school should be run, and more. Check it out: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington-citizen-journal/article18926862.htmlSee More
10 hours ago
Tom Skobel joined Lydia Nolan's group
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Making Drama POP!

A group for people interested in making drama come to life in the classroom!BTW - The photo is from SCTV (the Canadian Second City Comedy Review on TV in the early 80s.)See More
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Tom Skobel joined Ryan Goble's group
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Media Education/Literacy

I'm partial to Media Education, but the more popular conceptualization of these issues is Media Literacy. Join here do discuss these educational movements.See More
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Tim Wertz is now a member of Making Curriculum Pop
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Stergios Botzakis added 2 discussions to the group Graphic Novels & Comics
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Stergios Botzakis added a discussion to the group Science Teachers
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Last of the Sandwalkers

Last of the Sandwalkers is graphic novel that tackles much. It is an adventure, a guide to insect life, and full of humor. The story involves a band of scientific explorers who venture out from their home to explore the desert. They initially think that beetles are the Earth's sole life form, but they get disabused of that notion when they find various skeletons and encounter…See More
Thursday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Math Educators!
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PBS Special: The Great Math Mystery (NOVA)

In case you missed this episode of NOVA (aired 4/15/15) you can still watch it online.Description: Join NOVA on a mathematical mystery tour—a provocative exploration of math's astonishing power across the centuries. We discover math's signature in the swirl of a nautilus shell, the whirlpool of a galaxy, and the spiral in the center of a sunflower. Math was essential to everything from the first wireless…See More
Thursday
patsy everett replied to patsy everett's discussion iPad Translation Apps? in the group Modern Languages & ELL
"Awesome suggestions! Thank you! I'll look into them."
Apr 13
Danielle Horne replied to patsy everett's discussion iPad Translation Apps? in the group Modern Languages & ELL
"hi - Language Perfect is great for just vocab activities. Although it was developed in New Zealand for people learning a language other than English, it has expanded for ELL. You can select both the base language and the language being learnt. I…"
Apr 13
patsy everett added a discussion to the group Modern Languages & ELL
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iPad Translation Apps?

I teach in a suburban high school with a small ELL population. I am an English teacher, but am co-teaching with the ELL teacher for three ELL (Spanish) students who are quite fluent in English. We just got a freshman who speaks no English and we only have six weeks before summer break! The district provided him with an iPad and I was wondering if there were any good Spanish/English apps that anyone knew of: translation, or otherwise. Google Translate (as we all know) doesn't cut it.I bet I…See More
Apr 13
Miriam is now a member of Making Curriculum Pop
Apr 13
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group US History
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TV/RESOURCES: Abe Lincoln (History Channel)

Special Presentation: LincolnTuesday, April 14th at 12pm/11c (The History Channel) This special presentation offers a fresh and intimate view of Abraham Lincoln through an exploration of his personal and emotional life. Throughout this program, historians and scholars of Abraham Lincoln offer a compelling personal portrait of his life and leadership style based on substantial primary research. The narrative structure of the documentary leads viewers back and forth from Lincoln's critical final…See More
Apr 13
Tanya Chiasson joined Pam Goble's group
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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.
Apr 12
Tanya Chiasson joined Pam Goble's group
Apr 12
Michele Vogt-Schuller replied to Michele Vogt-Schuller's discussion Every Frame a Painting in the group Teach with Moving Images
Apr 9
Michele Vogt-Schuller added a discussion to the group Teach with Moving Images
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Every Frame a Painting

There's a great youtube channel called Every Frame a Painting. These are a short videos/clips dedicated to an analysis/thin slice aspects of film making. Check out the analysis of David Fincher's technique, The Spiehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjFqcJQXGZ6T6sxyFB-5i6Alberg Oner, Robin Williams movement and more. Really good for teaching not only film, but story telling, visual literacy, narrative structure (check out How to Structure a Video Essay.See More
Apr 9
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Media Education/Literacy
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ONLINE COURSE: UNESCO’s Online Media and Information Literacy Course for Youth

Register Now! UNESCO’s Online Media and Information Literacy Course for YouthUNESCO, in partnership with Athabasca University and in cooperation with the UNESCO-UNAOC University Network on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue, opens a third call for registration for online course on media and information literacy (MIL).This entry-level online course will provide youth with basic media and information competencies to become critical citizens and agents of change. The course…See More
Apr 9
Clare is now a member of Making Curriculum Pop
Apr 9
Profile IconTse Wei Kok, Karen Green, Karen P and 1 more joined Making Curriculum Pop
Apr 7

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Seeking Essay Contributions

Started by Amy in General Discussion Apr 19, 2014.

Films on Media Literacy? 5 Replies

Started by Natasha Casey in About the MC POP NING!. Last reply by Natasha Casey Feb 5, 2014.

Need help from Content Area Teachers!

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

 
 
 

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