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World History

Mongol is a rather violent film about Genghis Khan, but certainly we can use clips from films like this to make our history curriculum pop!

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Comment by Ryan Goble on September 23, 2009 at 8:44am
You might be interested in reading about UNESCO's call for an international Media Literacy Curriculum in the Media Education Discussion Forum - there's also an interesting blurb there about a French proposal to put warning labels on photoshopped models in magazines. Both articles were forwarded to me via Media Literacy Clearinghouse guru and MC Popper Frank Baker.

Enjoy! RRG:)
Comment by Ryan Goble on September 11, 2009 at 1:53pm
Great article on non-fiction graphic novels including one about Katrina titled, "Journalists, Artists Tell Stories with Nonfiction Graphic Novels" can be found in the Graphic Novels group here.
Comment by Ryan Goble on September 11, 2009 at 11:35am
Hey Everyone,

Just posted the Human Rights Watch/First Look Films DVD collection info in the Moving Image group - they all have themes around race, gender, sexuality, nationality, history and politics - I would guess they're teachable in many contexts. Worth a look.

Comment by Ryan Goble on September 3, 2009 at 3:07pm
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 September 2, 2009 at 4:32pm
Yeah, I'm back commenting again. A lot of you are probably already members of the "Making Shakespeare Pop!" group - if you dig the Bard and you're interested in his relation to popular and contemporary culture you might consider joining that group.

Today I did a pretty cool post with the front page of yesterday's Chicago Tribune. The headline was about our our brilliant and extremely literate ex-governor here in Illinois Rod Blagojevich. Not only does the man have cool hair, but he has a Shakespearian vision of himself.

In the post you'll find a bundle of Shakespeare allusions plus info on how to get jpegs of newspaper front pages.

Check it out, comment, join - at the very least this post will give you (esp. if you follow politics) a good laugh.

Full post here
Comment by Ryan Goble on August 10, 2009 at 1:21pm
New MC Popper Marek Bennet made some interesting additions to an old Social Studies and Graphic Novel post here. Great additional resources.

Comment by Ryan Goble on July 8, 2009 at 10:17am
Lauren posted a My Space template page to follow up on the Civil War facebook discussion. If anyone is interested in using it it is a great resource - find it here.
Comment by Ryan Goble on July 3, 2009 at 10:05am
Super blogger Frank Baker (and the OZ behind the Media Literacy Clearinghouse) made a post re: "21st Century Skills" and Geography on the Ning.

And remember, if you dig the resources you're finding here please do invite fellow social studies teachers who love to teach with pop culture to join this group. Just click on the

button above to invite more pop minded educators to our community.

Enjoy! Ry:)
Comment by Ryan Goble on June 11, 2009 at 7:48pm
ahum, I meant "if you don't believe." sorry, you can't edit these posts after a couple minutes lapse...
Comment by Ryan Goble on June 11, 2009 at 7:33pm

Hey Everyone,

As you all know, I've been learning by doing out here on the Ning. To those ends I've been telling the bigger groups that this comment area works best for short thoughts. If you're hunting for or sharing a resource it is always best to put that above in the discussion forum. That allows your topic to be easily archived and searchable when new members join or check out the group. Lots of things get lost in the comment wall... if you don't beleive me check out the the Graphic Novel Group's comment wall.

From there, if you want an e-mail update about a topic or resource being discussed in the forum above because you teach that topic or have a special interest in it you have to remember to click the "follow" button at the bottom of the post.

Also, if you know that someone else might like the resource or discussion topic always feel free to click on "share" and the url will be shared with your co-teaching friend.

I say all this because I made an update to yesterday's No Girls Allowed post with an NPR story about another Union soldier who was a woman in disguise. You won't know about these additional resources or discussions unless you have clicked the "follow" button.

So if you really like a topic - "follow" :)

Hope everyone is groovy!


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