Making Curriculum Pop


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.


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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Profile IconTracy Post Teixeira, Kristin Saugstad, Hannah Agyekum and 1 more joined Making Curriculum Pop
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Reviews: Adventures in Cartooning

I recently reviewed four books published by First Second, set in the Adventures in Cartooning universe.Here's an excerpt: Sleepless Knight by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost, published by First Second (2015.) From the publisher: The Knight can't wait for her first camping trip! She and…See More
Nov 20
Joan Axthelm replied to Ryan Goble's discussion ARTICLE/RESEARCH: The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively in the group Math Educators!
"The folks at have some great videos meant for kids on this very topic! Mainly, teaching kids that mistakes help us learn, but only if we embrace a growth mindset - accepting that failure is part of learning rather than…"
Nov 20
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Math Educators!

Pop Culture and Math? OF COURSE, come on down because the price is right!
Nov 20
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Nov 20
Stergios Botzakis added a discussion to the group US History

Harvey Pekar's Cleveland

Harvey Pekar was a pioneering colossus of autobiographical comics, and this was among his last books, a graphic history about the place that shaped him and his place in it. As a graphic novel, Harvey Pekar's Cleveland is not so much a novel as it is an epic tone poem that puts forth…See More
Nov 20
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Nov 19
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group New Media & Technology

Coding: Awaken The Force In Students is tapping the power of the force to reach more young people, especially girls. Riding anticipation for next month’s opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, students can take a one-hour tutorial from Princess Leia or Rey on how to build their own Star Wars games and program the droids R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8. The…See More
Nov 19
Kathryn Flinner joined Ryan Goble's group

American Literature

For teachers of American Lit who want to MC Pop! FYI: it is a still from the film adaptation of the Secret Life of Bees - that film is extra pop because it features singer/actors Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah and Jennifer Hudson!See More
Nov 19
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Graphic Novels & Comics

HBO Premieres Doc on New Yorker Magazine Cartoons

“The New Yorker expects to be distinguished for its illustrations,” wrote the magazine’s founder, Harold Ross, and far as cartoons go, he nailed it. They have become the benchmark for the art and…See More
Nov 18
Stergios Botzakis replied to Ryan Goble's discussion REVIEW: Did the age of progressive politics in American comics really end in the 1990s? in the group Graphic Novels & Comics
"Thanks for sharing, Ryan! This looks like an interesting read. I'd argue that the progressive superhero never really left (exhibit A:, but there certainly…"
Nov 18
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