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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Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Making Shakespeare Pop!
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ARTICLE: A Battle of the Hamlets

A theater critic imagines a clash of the greatest versions of Shakespeare’s melancholy prince, as portrayed by John Barrymore, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton and others...This may be more for teachers than students but you can devour the whole article…See More
2 hours ago
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group The News: Teaching With and About it
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YouTube Unveils VICE News

VICE News is an international news channel created by and for a connected generation. Our documentaries and original news series bring you an unvarnished look at some of the most important events of our…See More
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Advertising
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Advertising As Propaganda: WWI Posters

A vehemently isolationist nation needed enticement to join the European war effort. As Smithsonian Magazine marks the 100th anniversary of the war, it offers these advertisements, which…See More
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group US History
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WWI Propaganda Posters

A vehemently isolationist nation needed enticement to join the European war effort. As Smithsonian Magazine marks the 100th anniversary of the war, it offers these advertisements which were…See More
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Art & Visual Cultures
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Propaganda Posters: How WWI Was Sold to the American Public

A vehemently isolationist nation needed enticement to join the European war effort. As Smithsonian Magazine marks the 100th anniversary of the war, it offers these advertisements which were part of the campaign to do…See More
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Dave Edwards is now a member of Making Curriculum Pop
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Kelly Farrow replied to Michelle L. Torrise's discussion Library Displays in the group Librarians aka Media Specialists
"Hi!! Love the ideas. I tried this the year before last, and it went very well!  "First Read Club": I place a form in all new books stating "This is a Brand New Book."  Students fill out the form, which essentially helps…"
Monday
Linnea Miller joined Pam Goble's group
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Linnea Miller joined Ashley Tabron's group
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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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Michelle L. Torrise replied to Michelle L. Torrise's discussion Library Displays in the group Librarians aka Media Specialists
"What a great idea, Frank.  Media literacy is a very important topic, has been and will continue to be.  I will seriously consider implementing your idea.  Thank you! "
Saturday
Frank W. Baker replied to Michelle L. Torrise's discussion Library Displays in the group Librarians aka Media Specialists
"I'd like to see more librarians create spaces that involve student exploration of what media literacy is, how important it is to their lives, and why it is relevant. Several years ago, I suggested on a list serve, that media specialists could…"
Saturday
Michelle L. Torrise added a discussion to the group Librarians aka Media Specialists
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Library Displays

I don't want to create a diversion from this fabulous community, but Pinterest has some great ideas for library displays. See> http://www.pinterest.com/mtorrise/library-ideas/.Please share your ideas for library displays. ...just thinking about the fall, is all!See More
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Media Education/Literacy
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RESOURCE: Powerful Voices for Kids

POWERFUL VOICES FOR KIDS is a free online resource that helps teacher educators introduce digital and media literacy to teachers in the elementary grades. Watch videos of classroom practice, see samples of student work, get lesson plans, and discuss strategies that help children…See More
Saturday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Elementary Educators
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RESOURCE: Powerful Voices for Kids

POWERFUL VOICES FOR KIDS is a free online resource that helps teacher educators introduce digital and media literacy to teachers in the elementary grades. Watch videos of classroom practice, see samples of student work, get lesson plans, and discuss strategies that help children…See More
Saturday
Frank W. Baker added 3 discussions to the group Teach with Moving Images
Saturday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Animation
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VIDEO: Summarizes Children, Literacy & Animation Research

Becky Parry, lecturer in childhood studies at the University of Leeds, has shared this video  summarizing her research findings.Stories in My Head: Children, Film and Literacy from Becky Parry on Vimeo.See More
Friday
Profile IconAmy Mast and Leslie Rosenthal joined Making Curriculum Pop
Jul 24
Machele Seiver and Ryan Goble are now friends
Jul 24
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Teach with Moving Images
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CURRICULUM RESOURCE: Making Movies

Making Movies is a free online resource designed to help secondary students:Develop an understanding of the stages of a film production - from the initial idea, through the process of making the film, to its screening in…See More
Jul 23
Laurie Willinger replied to Frank W. Baker's discussion Let 'Weird Al' Yankovic Teach Your Students Grammar in the group Elementary Educators
"This video was fun and catchy for those who are familiar with "Blurred Lines".  HOWEVER, there are some highly inappropriate references buried in the lyrics.  Please view this again and see if you catch them. Maybe not for…"
Jul 23

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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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