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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Frank W. Baker replied to Ryan Goble's discussion COLLECTION: 40 Brand Logos With Hidden Messages in the group Econ, Gov & Biz
"This reminds me of the Brand Alphabet game I use with teachers and students. No hidden messages, but it's amazing how many of us can identify a brand name based solely on one letter from its name."
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RESOURCES: 25th Anniversary Of The Berlin Wall Coming Down

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What Students Need to Know About Political Campaign Commercials

Did you know that a politician's commercials, on radio or TV, are considered 'free speech'? And as such they can say anything? Even lies?  If politicians have a “license to lie” in campaign advertising, how are our students going to know who and what to believe? Critical thinking skills are paramount, says media literacy consultant…See More
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COLLECTION: 40 Brand Logos With Hidden Messages

Really fun collection for a visual literacy discussion from ADWEEK. Here is a sampler...You can see the whole …See More
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COLLECTION: 40 Brand Logos With Hidden Messages

Really fun collection for a visual literacy discussion from ADWEEK. Here is a sampler...You can see the whole …See More
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COLLECTION: 40 Brand Logos With Hidden Messages, Starting With the Most Famous One

Really fun collection for a visual literacy discussion from ADWEEK. Here is a sampler...You can see the whole …See More
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Greening Media Education

Hi folks! I wanted to let you know that I have just come out with a book specifically about green media literacy, Greening Media Education. Here's a synopsis:"Media are a powerful educational force that teaches about the relationship between humans and living systems while…See More
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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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Making Art Curriculum Pop!
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Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook replied to Matt Finch's discussion Comic Book Dice: Sequential Storytelling Activity in the group Graphic Novels & Comics
"This is such a brilliant idea! Accessible but powerful, with the potential to reach kids of different ages. I love what comics offer young creators, and storytelling dice too. This concept combines both. Thanks for sharing, Matt. "
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Matt Finch added a discussion to the group Graphic Novels & Comics
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Comic Book Dice: Sequential Storytelling Activity

Comic Book Dice is a playful 3D adaptation of Jessica Abel and Matt Madden's 'Panel Lottery', a comic creation activity for all ages.I first trialled this activity at a youth event for the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Manila, Philippines, and subsequently ran it with high schoolers at…See More
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Comic Book Dice: Sequential Storytelling Activity

Comic Book Dice is a playful 3D adaptation of Jessica Abel and Matt Madden's 'Panel Lottery', a comic creation activity for all ages.I first trialled this activity at a youth event for the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Manila, Philippines, and subsequently ran it with high schoolers at…See More
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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!

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