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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 15, 2009 at 3:23pm
Hey everyone - great new PDF from Edutopia- "Top Ten Tips for Teaching with New Media" - posted today in the New Media & Technology Group discussion forum. If you're into using new media and tech, consider joining that group!
Comment by Ryan Goble on September 3, 2009 at 3:06pm
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 5:18pm
No - he's Canadian (insert Canada joke here) - yeah, this goes back to my nagging suspicions about Gladwell's POV from an earlier post where Gladwell wrote about quality teaching. You should write him and rumble, see if you can bring him to his tipping point :)
Comment by julianna on September 2, 2009 at 5:06pm
Just read the Gladwell piece about TKAM that you mention two posts below, Ryan--it's a compelling illustration of critical literacy to use with students alongside the text itself, but the critical literacy lens also needs to be turned on Gladwell--his selective portrayal of James Folsom is itself a biased construction....and I wondered, is Gladwell a Southerner?
Comment by Ryan Goble on September 2, 2009 at 4:29pm
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 teach English) a good laugh.

Full post here
Comment by Ryan Goble on August 10, 2009 at 11:56am
Hey Georgia Folks,

I just put a resource post up today in the American Lit Group about To Kill A Mockingbird. It highlighted the New Yorker article from last week called "The Courthouse Ring: Atticus Finch and the limits of Southern liberalism." If some of y'all do American Lit or Southern Lit it would be great if you could add resources and allusions to this post.

Thanks for your continued awesomeness!!

Good Vibes,

Comment by Ryan Goble on July 2, 2009 at 11:21am
Oh, and a really cool Gene Yang (American Born Chinese) webcomic on factoring and algebra came up in the math group..
Comment by Ryan Goble on July 2, 2009 at 10:46am
Hey GA people! I don't have anything GA 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!

NYC public schools just ended last Friday so my summer just started! I imagine y'all have been off for a few weeks - very cool.

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

Comment by Ryan Goble on June 7, 2009 at 9:17pm
Yeah, it is silly, but as you can see the comments get overwhelming and hard to follow when the notes are content heavy!

Keep it funky.


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