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 IconAmy Mast and Leslie Rosenthal joined Making Curriculum Pop
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Machele Seiver and Ryan Goble are now friends
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Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Teach with Moving Images
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CURRICULUM RESOURCE: Making Movies

Making Movies is a free online resource designed to help secondary students:Develop an understanding of the stages of a film production - from the initial idea, through the process of making the film, to its screening in…See More
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Laurie Willinger replied to Frank W. Baker's discussion Let 'Weird Al' Yankovic Teach Your Students Grammar in the group Elementary Educators
"This video was fun and catchy for those who are familiar with "Blurred Lines".  HOWEVER, there are some highly inappropriate references buried in the lyrics.  Please view this again and see if you catch them. Maybe not for…"
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Laurie Willinger joined Ryan Goble's group
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Elementary Educators

Those of you teaching the K-5 can make your curriculum pop here.
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Anna J. Small Roseboro added a discussion to the group Middle School / Jr. High Group
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Write Right Away

Get' em Writing about ThemselvesLooking for ways to get to know your students while having them do authentic writing that build on works you've read? Here are three to consider that can serve as a beginning of the year formative assessments of reading and writing.  No need to grade for anything other than completing on time with required minimum contents.  You can determine which Common Core…See More
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Anna J. Small Roseboro added a discussion to the group High School English Teachers Rock!
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Write Right Away

Get' em Writing about ThemselvesLooking for ways to get to know your students while having them do authentic writing that build on works you've read? Here are three to consider that can serve as a beginning of the year formative assessments of reading and writing.  No need to grade for anything other than completing on time with required minimum contents.  You can determine which Common Core…See More
yesterday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Advertising
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LEXUS Ad Campaign: Amazing In Motion

A series of global projects showcasing innovative design and technology through imagination. The latest project combines 50-thousand LED lights, 40 expert engineers, 30 stuntmen and one Hollywood costume designer to create incredible movement.See More
Tuesday
Profile IconKathy Wawrzyniak and Jay Peterson joined Making Curriculum Pop
Tuesday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Elementary Educators
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Let 'Weird Al' Yankovic Teach Your Students Grammar

"Weird Al" Yankovic's new music video, "Word Crimes"  details all those grammatical tics that drive some of us up a wall.  More in this EdWeek blog post.See More
Monday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Teach with Moving Images
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PROFILE: The Jedi Artist (Drew Struzan)

How important is a film's poster? Apparently, very. So much so that one director specifically requests this artist to communicate and market his vision. In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly (Special Comic-Con…See More
Monday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Media Education/Literacy
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Ads as Change Agents? For Girls, Yes.

Lauren Hansen writes: "Advertising is inevitable. So why not use these videos, billboards, and glossy ads as agents for change?" Erin McNeill (Media…See More
Monday
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Advertising
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Using Ads To Empower Girls & Social Change

Lauren Hansen writes: "Advertising is inevitable. So why not use these videos, billboards, and glossy ads as agents for change?" Erin McNeill (Media Literacy Now) and…See More
Monday
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group British Literature (sans Shakespeare)
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VIDEO: Natalie Merchant: Singing old poems to life

Interesting story re: Natalie Merchant's 2010 album Leave Your Sleep:Lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry pair with her unmistakable voice for a performance that brought the TED audience to its feet.I suppose I owe you an explanation. I've been working on a project for the last six years adapting children's poetry to music. And that's a poem by Charles Edward Carryl, who was a…See More
Monday
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group High School English Teachers Rock!
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VIDEO: Natalie Merchant: Singing old poems to life

Interesting story re: Natalie Merchant's 2010 album Leave Your Sleep:Lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry pair with her unmistakable voice for a performance that brought the TED audience to its feet.I suppose I owe you an explanation. I've been working on a project for the last six years adapting children's poetry to music. And that's a poem by Charles Edward Carryl, who was a…See More
Monday
Ryan Goble added a discussion to the group American Literature
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VIDEO: Natalie Merchant: Singing old poems to life

Interesting story re: Natalie Merchant's 2010 album Leave Your Sleep:Lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry pair with her unmistakable voice for a performance that brought the TED audience to its feet.I suppose I owe you an explanation. I've been working on a project for the last six years adapting children's poetry to music. And that's a poem by Charles Edward Carryl, who was a…See More
Monday
Michelle Bauman is now a member of Making Curriculum Pop
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Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook shared Frank W. Baker's discussion on Facebook
Jul 14
Frank W. Baker added a discussion to the group Teach with Moving Images
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Screen Literacy For The Next Generation

Excerpt:  "When I ask my daughter why she likes or dislikes a movie, I do not want her response to be the shrug of her shoulders and a dull 'I don’t know.' I want to hear the wheels in her brain turning and begin to engage with the message of the story, my hope is that she will think about how the story was told, how the…See More
Jul 14
Lori Falchi replied to Frank W. Baker's discussion Teenagers should read graphic novels not just 'worthy' novels in the group Graphic Novels & Comics
"This is great. I agree whole-heartedly. I am also hoping that schools start to acknowledge graphic novels as summer reading. Last summer my son tore through the Bone series, which turned him back on to reading. We are looking for more along the same…"
Jul 14

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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!

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

 
 
 

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