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Comment by Ryan Goble on October 19, 2009 at 12:14pm
Kohl can you move your post up into the discussion forum above - that way we can more easliy archive the discussion for future teachers! Thanks ,

Comment by kohl meyer on October 19, 2009 at 12:08pm
My name is Kohl Meyer and I am starting a unit on the Civil Rights movement in my sophomore level high school History class. I am looking to use some different types of media as a way to better teach this unit. I want my students to be able to relate and better understand the Civil Rights movement focusing on the 1960's. I want to stress certain key figures during that time such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Robert Kennedy.

Some of the things that I want students to learn through this unit is the advancements that were made by the African American community throughout the country. I also want to focus on the origins of the movement in the South and identify major contributors to the movement. If anyone could help me focus my unit and contribute some different forms of media that I could use I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for any suggestions you may have.
Comment by Ryan Goble on October 15, 2009 at 5:06pm
NYC Teachers - read about these cool NYC only history opportunities - including the very impressive ability to win a collection of original Civil-War-era newspapers covering the 1863 New York Draft Riots. See the post here.
Comment by Ryan Goble on September 23, 2009 at 8:42am
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 16, 2009 at 9:57am
Follow up on yesterday's Mr. Duey post - Mr. Duey is now in the MC POP mix! If you like his stuff or want to know more about this work send him a shout out via the Ning! Great to have you here Mr. D!
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 11:33am
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 3:08pm
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 4:31pm
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 1:20pm
New MC Popper Marek Bennet made some interesting additions to an old Social Studies and Graphic Novel post here. Great additional resources.


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