Dear MC Popper,
The credo here is that of the circus barker - "come one,
Just like the Field of Dreams
we built it and you
have come. The MC POP community has gathered and we have
created a space loaded with interesting and passionate folks.
MC POPPERS include
teachers of every subject at every grade level, graphic
novelists, educational writers, filmmakers, non-profit
educators, educational entrepreneurs and college instructors.
Our community is a dynamic one and it is an honor for me to be
the ring leader of this little educational circus.
The MC POP Ning was launched on January 20, 2009 - the same
day Obama was inaugurated. That seemed like a good day to
start something...groovy. The basic goal of the site is to
create a space
where people can share and develop the kind of resources that
make students of all ages engage in learning through pop
culture and best practices.
The mission and story behind the Ning can be found on the
main page, just under the mosaic of MC Poppers (bottom of this
If you want to read more about the MC POP concept, please click
here to go to the main page.
That said, this is the welcome page, so welcome, welcome,welcome to
MC POP! By reading this you've already accepted the invitation
to start participating in our exciting
Most new MC POPPERS want to get a flavor of the community
before they dive into the deep end so let me get your feet
I try to write long, hopefully thoughtful or thought
provoking,"bouncing blogs" when I can focused on ways we can make
our teaching pop. In addition to these blogs I find a
resources all the time that I constantly add to interest groups
The community posts those little resources in groups as they are
designed for all of us to target our resources, comments or
questions at a group of people with related interests or
expertise. The groups continue to grow rapidly. In larger
groups one can get a crazy volume of responses when you start
a discussion. John C. Weaver asked a question in the Graphic
Novels & Comics Group - "Asking
for Graphic Novel Suggestions" that launched quite
a large discussion.
Once you join a group you can ask questions, share resources,
or broadcast events to people interested in your thoughts and
ideas. Point? - Most of the day-to-day action on the site
groups and membership in them allows you to get the most out
of your time here at MC POP.
I addition to my blog and resource contributions, I
highlight interesting contributions and questions during Blog
& Cog Mondays, Crowdsource
Tuesdays and Week in Review (WIR) Thursdays. Sometimes, I share
Twitter highlights on Twitter flow Saturdays.
To get started you might take a look at some of the MC POP playlist entries like:
WORK POP - PT. 2
A CASE STUDY
& VISUAL POETRY MOTHERLOAD OF RESOURCE!
or a resource post like COMIC SCIENCE
This is more than enough to get you on your way to making MC
POP, POP! Assuming you like what you read, I recommend you do
1. Add an
photo, icon or avatar to your profile that tells the MC POP
community about YOU!
2. Join (or create) a lot of groups
as those are
where you'll find the richest resources and discussions and a
day to day basis.
3. And yeah, if you like what you see, please by all means,
tell your friends! You can use the invite feature
to spread the world far and wide because this place gets more
and more interesting as we add rockin' people to the mix.
This welcome page and How 2 tab will grow in time. In fact,
I've put placeholder pages in including things like "finding
cool stuff" & "starting cool discussions."
In the meantime I'd like to welcome you again Shakespeare
& Guns N' Roses Style:
“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.”
and, edited for good taste...
"Welcome to the jungle
We got fun 'n' games
We got everything you want
Honey we know the names
We are the people that can find
Whatever you may need"
Now, get out there and don't be shy!
Good Vibes and thanks for joining MC POP.
Double R to the G
(That's the hip-hopped version of my full name, Ryan Randall
Goble - my British spy version is Agent Double RG)
PS - If you want to know more about what a Ning is - I
would describe it as a combination of Facebook and Blogs with
a twist of wiki. For a fuller explanation, check this