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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Profile IconHaley Janas, Holly Sprayberry, Eric Lindberg and 3 more joined Making Curriculum Pop
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Profile IconLaura Spanier, Samantha Waite and Pat Marble joined Making Curriculum Pop
Wednesday
Frank W. Baker posted a blog post

Game of Thrones: Exhibition

It's making its way around North America.  The 2014 exhibition features nearly 100 original artifacts, costumes, weaponry, storyboards and more from seasons 1, 2 and 3, plus select pieces from the fourth season of the epic fantasy series. Details on exhibit locations and more on the…See More
Tuesday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Advertising
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SLIDESHOW: How McDonalds Targets African Americans

Studying ads can be a revealing process, as this blog post shows: the blogger finds several key themes when examining ads from the 70s and…See More
Tuesday
Tarah Tesmer is now a member of Making Curriculum Pop
Monday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Science Teachers
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PBS Doc Airs on Earth Day 2014

American Masters (PBS) presents A Fierce Green Fire, the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, premiering nationally Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local…See More
Monday
Stergios Botzakis added a discussion to the group Graphic Novels & Comics
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The Adventures of Superhero Girl

Faith Erin Hicks has been knocking the ball out of the graphic novel park for a while now. I very much enjoyed her books Friends with Boys and…See More
Sunday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Art & Visual Cultures
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TV: Matisse & His Cut Outs

The BBC America Channel (check local listings) is airing The Culture Show, an occasional series.  In the episode I saw recently, Henri Matisse- A Cut Above The…See More
Sunday
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Graphic Novels & Comics
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BOOK: The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics

Excerpt from http://www.bleedingcool.com/ - a Frank Baker tip...A few weeks ago, I interviewed Dr. Matthew J. Smith, a Professor in the Department of Communications at Wittenberg University in Ohio, about a field study course, “The Experience At Comic Con“, that he runs at San Diego Comic-Con for…See More
Saturday
Ryan Goble is now friends with Doug van Dyke and Becky Havens
Saturday
Tanya Vieira 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
Saturday
Amy posted a discussion

Seeking Essay Contributions

Here is what I'm looking for: Teacher stories of success with students in the classroom- I'm looking for a story of inspiration where you helped a student in some way that would never be "evaluated" but made a difference nonetheless. Students: Stories where a teacher made a difference in YOUR life in some way or inspired you/helped you, etc. I'm not looking for classroom lessons or Common Core- but what we really do in the lives of our students first and foremost- these can be past or recent- I…See More
Saturday
Profile IconSusan Kent, Wendy Blewett, Tanya Vieira and 1 more joined Making Curriculum Pop
Apr 18
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Magazines
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VIDEO: From Pitch To Publish

This AOL featurette, From Pitch To Publish, centers around the making of an issue of VOGUE magazine. As the photos start to come in from the shoot, Art Director Alberto Orta sorts and preps them for review by Editor in Chief Anna Wintour. Once the images that will make it into the March book are selected, they are added to a story boarding wall to join the rest of the stories that have all made the final cut.See More
Apr 17
Cyrille Adam joined Ryan Goble's group
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P.E., Health & Wellness Education

Health, diet, body image, substance abuse, sexuality - resources and discussion that makes health and wellness curricula pop lives here.
Apr 17
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Making Shakespeare Pop!
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APP: The Explore Shakespeare App

From the Illinois Computing Educators Newsletter:Explore the Literary World of the BardWilliam Shakespeare was born on April 23 in 1564. The Explore Shakespeare app brings Shakespeare’s greatest stories to life. Cambridge University Press’s definitive versions of the texts have been beautifully reimagined for theiPad, with illuminating visuals, helpful commentary and compelling audio performances from actors such as Michael Sheen, Kate Beckinsale and Fiona Shaw. This free app enables students…See More
Apr 17
Profile IconLaura Nichols, Jiyun Park and Alana Rome joined Making Curriculum Pop
Apr 16
Alana Rome joined Ryan Goble's group
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Making Shakespeare Pop!

The most famous pop phenom is everywhere in modern culture & classrooms.See More
Apr 16
Jennifer Roberts replied to Ryan Goble's discussion NEW BOOKS: Teach Physics With Toys and Gadgets in the group Science Teachers
"I teach adults preparing for the GED.  Here's a great lesson plan by Lynsey Peterson from From Education.com (requires an account) http://www.education.com/science-fair/article/solar-oven-design.  With a little cardboard,…"
Apr 15
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Advertising
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TV: The Real Mad Men and Women of Madison Ave.

A new series airing on PBS (check local listings for exact days/times in your area): During the 1960s, a creative revolution took over the world of American advertising, ushering in an era of iconic ads such as Doyle Dane Bernbach’s “Think Small” ad for Volkswagen. Hear about this exciting period from real-life Don Drapers and…See More
Apr 15

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Seeking Essay Contributions

Started by Amy in General Discussion on Saturday.

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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