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NYC Metro Educators

Do you live and teach in the NYC tri-state area? If so, this is the group for you to connect with teachers around NYC!

Location: New York, NY
Members: 49
Latest Activity: Aug 9

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Comment by Peter Gutierrez on October 16, 2009 at 1:56pm
Not sure if any of those in the group are NYC school librarians, but if so, please drop by and say hi at the fall conference on 11/3. I'm on a panel with Francoise Mouly about comics, and Abrams' new Reading Guide to the TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics will debut, too.
Comment by Eric Goodman on September 11, 2009 at 10:28am
We'll be performing our radical media literacy rock show Thus Spoke The Spectacle tomorrow night (Saturday 9/12) at 7 PM in NYC at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus.

If you're around NYC and would like to attend, please RSVP to goodman@thespectacle.net and we'll put you on the guest list to get in free.

See more details on our Facebook page and please pass the word along to anyone you think may be interested. Hope to see you there.

Eric Goodman

Comment by Ryan Goble on September 3, 2009 at 3:05pm
Hey folks,

If you haven't joined the fledgling "Gaming Group" you might want to check it out. Today there was an, I think, "essential," article about Quest To Learn - a new video game based school in NYC. Frank Baker hipped me to the article.

Note: It is from the British version of The Economist so you'll read about "maths" and other such linguistic curiosities :)

An excerpt...
Periods of maths, science, history and so on are no more. Quest to Learn’s school day will, rather, be divided into four 90-minute blocks devoted to the study of “domains”. Such domains include Codeworlds (a combination of mathematics and English), Being, Space and Place (English and social studies), The Way Things Work (maths and science) and Sports for the Mind (game design and digital literacy). Each domain concludes with a two-week examination called a “Boss Level”—a common phrase in video-game parlance.
In one of the units of Being, Space and Place, for example, pupils take on the role of an ancient Spartan who has to assess Athenian strengths and recommend a course of action. In doing so, they learn bits of history, geography and public policy. In a unit of The Way Things Work, they try to inhabit the minds of scientists devising a pathway for a beam of light to reach a target. This lesson touches on maths, optics—and, the organisers hope, creative thinking and teamwork. Another Way-Things-Work unit asks pupils to imagine they are pyramid-builders in ancient Egypt. This means learning about maths and engineering, and something about the country’s religion and geography.
Full post here - I would love to hear what folks think about this school concept.

BTW - For the record - I'm awful at video games - even Pac-Man.
Comment by Ryan Goble on August 10, 2009 at 1:07pm
See this post in the Math teacher group - RESOURCE: Museum? + Math Tours of New York
Interesting NYC story!
Comment by Ryan Goble on July 26, 2009 at 11:25am
Ron, no biggie man - the reason I made the suggestion is if you check out a group like graphic novels and comics you'll see a HUGE string of comments on their wall. This can be cool when comments are little quick things but when people put good content and resources in that space they can get buried and lost.

The discussions create searchable archives of resources thus making your ideas, resources and input easier to access for people that join the groups later and search discussions! Please, always feel free to post specific lessons you create or find esp if they relate to a discussion topic! RRG
Comment by Ron Kavanaugh on July 26, 2009 at 10:41am
Hey Ryan, Thanks for the guidance --I'm still finding my way. I'll post the update to the discussion board per your instruction. Ron
Comment by Ryan Goble on July 26, 2009 at 10:29am
Hey Ron your materials look great - in the future consider posting stuff like this in the discussion forum section above that way it will be easily archived and searchable for teachers who join these special interest groups at a later date! Thanks for sharing your resources!!! Ryan:)
Comment by Ron Kavanaugh on July 26, 2009 at 7:07am
Hey all

I'm Ron Kavanaugh, publisher and reluctant editor of Mosaic Literary Magazine. Mosaic, http://mosaicmagazine.org, is a quarterly print publication that showcases the literary arts by writers of African descent. Mosaic has been in existence for 11 years, and recently started to develop lesson plans for secondary school educators.

The lesson plans are free to download at http://mosaicmagazine.org and focus on helping educators present creative ways for keeping books and reading valuable sources of knowledge and creativity. I welcome your feedback.

And mark your calendar for our annual Mosaic Literary Conference tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 7.

best
Ron Kavanaugh
Comment by Eric Goodman on July 16, 2009 at 8:17am
Hey New Yorkers. I'm Eric Goodman from the music video media critique project Thus Spoke The Spectacle, and just joined the network thanks to Ryan's suggestion. Look forward to joining in the conversation.

We're performing our show live in NYC Friday, July 17th, at Bluestockings Books at 7 PM. If you're free, come on down for an evening of rock and roll, video, and media literacy.

Eric

Comment by Ryan Goble on July 2, 2009 at 10:45am
Hey NYC people! I don't have anything NYC specific to add this morning but I do want to remind people to get out there and join special interest groups that you might be interested in. Over the summer, I'm not blogging a lot but I am always busy loading resources to "make curriculum pop" into the groups.

Today the following interesting resources/ ideas were added:
In the Graphic Novels and Science Groups:
How Comics Can Save Us From Scientific Ignorance

In my personal Fav "Teach with the Moving Image Group":
Amnesty International Film Curriculum Guides

In the US History (and a lot of other groups):
Project Idea: Civil War Facebook Page

And lastly, since I learned how to copy source code today an impressive series of links from the Literary Allusions in Popular Music Wiki Page that I loaded into the Popular Music Group.

Please check out these resources out and do join any group that might inform your practice!

"Don't stop 'till you get enough!"

RRG:)
 

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