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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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group The News: Teaching With and About it
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EXHIBIT: Manipulated News Photos

The PBS Newshour recently aired a segment on "Altered Images," a new exhibit which examines the use of Photoshop as it applies to news images.  This topic is a regular feature of all of my media literacy workshops and some time ago created a section of my web site entitled "…See More
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Math Educators!
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Making Shakespeare Pop!
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LIST: 15 Shakespearean Slang Terms We Should Use Today

A fun article from BBC America - screen shot below and full list HERE.See More
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Post-Secondary Educators
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ARTICLE:Adjuncts on the Edge

Great reporting from the Pacific Standard on the adjunct issue...there was a special report on Adjuncts in August and then the feature below about the formation of PrecariCorps…See More
Sunday
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group The News: Teaching With and About it
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ARTICLE: The End of Weird News / Is All News Weird News?

I really enjoyed this feature from the Pacific Standard built around the thesis that all news is weird news now. The article also gives a great history of the genre from 1800 to the present. Reading it made me want to create a unit with the essential question "Is all news weird news?" Sigh. …See More
Sunday
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Media Education/Literacy
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ARTICLE: The End of Weird News

I really enjoyed this feature from the Pacific Standard built around the thesis that all news is weird news now. The article also gives a great history of the genre from 1800 to the present. Reading it made me want to create a unit with the essential question "Is all news weird news?" Sigh. …See More
Sunday
Stergios Botzakis replied to Ryan Goble's discussion PROFILE/COMIC: History/Literary Comics @ Hark! A Vagrant! in the group Graphic Novels & Comics
"I think Beaton is one of the best artists working today. Not all of her stuff is all-ages, but her histories are fantastic. Have you seen her picture book The Princess and the Pony yet?"
Saturday
Stergios Botzakis replied to Stergios Botzakis's discussion El Deafo in the group Graphic Novels & Comics
"Yeah! I am always amazed by who the "power couples" are. There are some pretty talented duos out there :) Also, sorry for taking forever to reply. It has been some year!"
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Stergios Botzakis replied to Stergios Botzakis's discussion Tomboy in the group Graphic Novels & Comics
"I hear what you are saying. I think we could excerpt parts of it for younger readers, but some of the tone/language makes it problematic to share more. She should make a G version, too? That would be cool!"
Saturday
Stergios Botzakis added 3 discussions to the group Graphic Novels & Comics
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Kelley Cowley shared Ashley Tabron's group on Facebook
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Profile IconPatti Ertl, LaVasia Bullard and Allison Gest joined Making Curriculum Pop
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Jul 13
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Media Education/Literacy
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BOOK: Object Lessons - The Teaching Tools of 19th-century Life Science

Some old school media literacy...Cool looking book for art, science, history and education buffs!From The Guardian review:If there is one takeaway message…See More
Jul 13
Ryan Goble added 2 discussions to the group World History
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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group P.E., Health & Wellness Education
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BOOK: Object Lessons - The Teaching Tools of 19th-century Life Science

Cool looking book for art, science, history and education buffs!From The Guardian review:If there is one takeaway message from Object Lessons it is that…See More
Jul 13
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Sustainable/Green Education
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BOOK: Object Lessons - The Teaching Tools of 19th-century Life Science

Cool looking book for art, science, history and education buffs!From The Guardian review:If there is one takeaway message from Object Lessons it is that…See More
Jul 13
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Art & Visual Cultures
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BOOK: Object Lessons - The Teaching Tools of 19th-century Life Science

Cool looking book for art, science, history and education buffs!From The Guardian review:If there is one takeaway message from Object Lessons it is that…See More
Jul 13
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Science Teachers
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BOOK: Object Lessons - The Teaching Tools of 19th-century Life Science

Cool looking book for art, science, history and education buffs!From The Guardian review:If there is one takeaway message from Object Lessons it is that…See More
Jul 13
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Graphic Novels & Comics
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PROFILE/COMIC: History/Literary Comics @ Hark! A Vagrant!

Read an interesting profile of artist Kate Beaton @ Psychology Today. A sampler:Kate Beaton is almost certainly Canada’s funniest history postgrad. Her popular online comic strip, “Hark! A Vagrant,” the second collected edition of which (…See More
Jul 13

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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, 2014.

 
 
 

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