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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Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook replied to Frank W. Baker's discussion RESOURCE: 10 Intriguing Photos To Teach Close Reading & Visual Thinking Skills in the group Art & Visual Cultures
"Such a great resource to support development of visual literacy skills! Thanks Frank."
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Art & Visual Cultures
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RESOURCE: 10 Intriguing Photos To Teach Close Reading & Visual Thinking Skills

From the NY Times Learning Network: We’ve selected 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used previously in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” and that have already successfully caught students’ and teachers’ attention. These are…See More
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group US History
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TV: Selma Doc to Air on Local TV Stations

‘SELMA: A March to Remember’ will air on 42 Raycom Media owned or managed stations starting Friday, February 27th. Here is a map which indicates where Raycom stations are located in the US. Bounce TV will also air the special Wednesday, March 4th at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT.Check local listings for the channel in your area.…See More
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Fashion & Education
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Engineer launches fashion line aimed at engaging girls in STEM

Melissa Saelzer thinks she has found one way to attract more girls into technology careers: fashion.The 32-year-old Florida resident has started work on a line of clothing embedded with sensors, lights and other components she hopes will get girls curious about how they work. Saelzer, a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin, said…See More
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Science Teachers
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Harry Potter Provides Window into the DNA of Behavioral Genetics

Harry Potter, the hero of J. K. Rowling's seven fantasy novels, is a chip off the old wizarding block when it comes to quidditch, the fictional sport played by rival houses at Hogwarts, the school for wizards and witches. Like his father before him, Harry is a master of the game. Perhaps his skill is in his DNA.  The question…See More
Thursday
Stergios Botzakis added a discussion to the group Graphic Novels & Comics
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Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula

Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula is a delightful and fun graphic novel for all ages. It stars a great number of interesting characters, the main three being the dutiful, overworked Princess Decomposia, the hypochondriac and finicky King Wulfrun who won't leave his bed, and Count Spatula, the vampire chef with a huge sweet tooth and a penchant for making desserts. The king is…See More
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Maureen Lowery is now a member of Making Curriculum Pop
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Kelly Farrow replied to Kelly Farrow's discussion WEB SERIES based on classic literature in the group Librarians aka Media Specialists
"Carmilla based on the vampire novella by the same name by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. Videos by VerveGirlTV. High-school appropriate but does depict a lesbian relationship (and a kiss). Know your audience and what will "fly" in your…"
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Jonathan Thomas-Palmer replied to Frank W. Baker's discussion Web TV SERIES: Science Goes To The Movies in the group Science Teachers
"Looks really interesting. Thanks for sharing!"
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Science Teachers
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Web TV SERIES: Science Goes To The Movies

Science Goes to the Movies is a new monthly series, co-hosted by Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin, that looks at the science in contemporary motion pictures. …See More
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Profile IconAngela Cornelius, Patti Rivera, Carolyn Fritts and 1 more joined Making Curriculum Pop
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Stergios Botzakis added a discussion to the group Graphic Novels & Comics
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El Deafo

A 2015 Newbery Honor Book, El Deafo is a graphic memoir about growing up deaf. The author/illustrator Cece Bell was four years old when she contracted…See More
Feb 20
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Graphic Novels & Comics
Feb 20
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group World History
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Spielberg Produced Auschwitz Doc Premieres

Auschwitz, a brand new 15-minute documentary on the history of the Nazi death camp, produced by Steven Spielberg and narrated by Meryl Streep,will be permanently installed at the Auschwitz Memorial. The documentary had its premiere last month, in the presence of 300 Holocaust survivors.See More
Feb 19
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Media Education/Literacy
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BOOK SERIES: Media Literacy for the Younger Set

Capstone Press introduces a new 2015 media literacy series for students K-1. Titles include:Learning About Media LiteracyLearning…See More
Feb 19
Profile IconGwen Hanna York, dlynn hampton and Julie Land joined Making Curriculum Pop
Feb 18
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Art & Visual Cultures
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RESOURCE: How the WPA used art to influence public opinion

Explore "The New Deal & The Art of Public Persuasion" on this web site.  There you will find a powerpoint as well as some critical thinking questions designed to engage students of American…See More
Feb 17
Frank W. Baker added 2 discussions to the group US History
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Seeking Essay Contributions

Started by Amy in General Discussion Apr 19, 2014.

Films on Media Literacy? 5 Replies

Started by Natasha Casey in About the MC POP NING!. Last reply by Natasha Casey Feb 5, 2014.

Need help from Content Area Teachers!

Started by Sarah Mulhern Gross in General Discussion Jul 11, 2013.

 
 
 

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