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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Twitter and the News: How people use the social network to learn about the world

How does Twitter change the way people get news? What kinds of thought leaders, journalists and organizations do people follow on the network? How are these Twitter followers different than those on other social networks? And how are people reacting to added elements on Twitter, such as advertising and promoted tweets?At a moment when the network is poised to make a number of changes, the American Press Institute and Twitter, in collaboration with research company DB5, have produced a new study…See More
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Matthew Swanson added a discussion to the group Graphic Novels & Comics
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Dark Knight Returns and Civil War

Hi all.I'm teaching a new course this year at my school that looks at different themes through the lens of pop culture and history. My first two units deal with the Cold War and Women and Feminism.  The students explore the historical theme and then how media presents each.  The course is also centered around graphic novels.  My students are reading New Frontier, Watchmen, Dark Phoenix Saga, and Ms. Marvel for the first two units.  I'm trying to put together my third unit which is going to…See More
Tuesday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group US History
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PBS Rebroadcasts Remastered THE CIVIL WAAR

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. To mark the occasion, PBS is airing a remastered edition of Ken Burns’s landmark documentary series The Civil War. The nine-part series will air on five consecutive nights, from September 7 to 11, the month that will mark the 25th anniversary of the series’ first airing on PBS. The new version has been scanned frame by frame for a new high-definition print, so viewers will see…See More
Tuesday
Shirley Durr replied to Frank W. Baker's discussion How Do You Know What News Sources To Trust? in the group Journalism Teachers
"Thanks. I'll use many of these resources some time in the coming year. RE our title question: It's not a matter of trusting news sources (I generally don't!) but of verifying and not relying on limited sources."
Monday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Journalism Teachers
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How Do You Know What News Sources To Trust?

The news editor for SLATE does a good job of explaining what "news literacy" is and how it's designed to create more critical news consumers. Have you seen the TED video: …See More
Monday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Librarians aka Media Specialists
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How Do You Know What News Sources To Trust?

The news editor for SLATE does a good job of explaining what "news literacy" is and how it's designed to create more critical news consumers. Have you seen the TED video: …See More
Monday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Media Education/Literacy
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How Do You Know What News Sources To Trust?

The news editor for SLATE does a good job of explaining what "news literacy" is and how it's designed to create more critical news consumers. Have you seen the TED video: …See More
Monday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group The News: Teaching With and About it
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ESSAY/RESOURCES: How Do You Know Which News Sources To Trust?

The news editor for SLATE does a good job of explaining what "news literacy" is and how it's designed to create more critical news consumers. Have you seen the TED video:…See More
Monday
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group World History
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POV: WHY MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS WERE JUST BROS ON HORSEBACK

Fun short article from OZY...The image of the noble knight, however, was much more a courtly ideal than a reality. Knights formed their own dangerous subclass, prone to plundering and misconduct when unoccupied by official violence, and codes and stories of chivalry were partly a response by the Church and others to tame…See More
Monday
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group British Literature (sans Shakespeare)
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POV: WHY MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS WERE JUST BROS ON HORSEBACK

Fun short article from OZY...The image of the noble knight, however, was much more a courtly ideal than a reality. Knights formed their own dangerous subclass, prone to plundering and misconduct when unoccupied by official violence, and codes and stories of chivalry were partly a response by the Church and others to tame…See More
Monday
Ryan Goble added 2 discussions to the group Science Teachers
Aug 29
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Media Education/Literacy
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TED-ED: How false news can spread - Noah Tavlin

I imagine some people in this group might want to give some script notes on this one! How false news can spread - Noah TavlinAnimation by Patrick SmithIn previous decades, most news with global reach came from several major newspapers and networks with the resources to gather information directly. The speed with which information spreads now, however,…See More
Aug 29
Ryan Goble added 3 discussions to the group High School English Teachers Rock!
Aug 29
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Econ, Gov & Biz
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RESOURCE: The New York TimesMachine

This is probably the most amazing newspaper feature EVER. If you get / have a digital subscription to the Times you can browse the newspaper archives, from Volume 1, Number 1 through 1980 as it originally appeared! LINK HERE+ Screenshot.…See More
Aug 29
Ryan Goble added 2 discussions to the group US History
Aug 29
Ryan Goble added 2 discussions to the group World History
Aug 29
Ryan Goble added 2 discussions to the group American Literature
Aug 29
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Poets & Writers
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TED ED: Walt Whitman 'A Noiseless Patient Spider' Animated

Cool as three animators take on the poem...A poetic experiment: Walt Whitman, interpreted by three animators - Justin Moore Animation by Jeremiah Dickey, Biljana Labovic and Lisa LaBracio  Take a journey through Walt Whitman's poem 'A Noiseless Patient Spider' with the help of three animators who each used a different animation style to bring this…See More
Aug 29
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Graphic Novels & Comics
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TEACHER'S GUIDE: Zen Pencils Comics

For those of you not familiar with Zen Pencils, I share Australian-based artist Gavin Aung Than's comics of famous quotes around the Ning - they are really neat. See for example:TOON: Richard Feynman on Multidimentional / Interdisciplinary ThinkingCOMIC: Invictus / Mandela / Zen PencilsPOSTER:…See More
Aug 29
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group Middle School / Jr. High Group
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TEACHER'S GUIDE: Zen Pencils Comics

For those of you not familiar with Zen Pencils, I share Australian-based artist Gavin Aung Than's comics of famous quotes around the Ning - they are really neat. See for example:TOON: Richard Feynman on Multidimentional / Interdisciplinary ThinkingCOMIC: Invictus / Mandela / Zen PencilsPOSTER:…See More
Aug 29

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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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