Many people have been wondering if we have an advertising policy
here at MC POP. I want to briefly clarify our SHARING POLICY and
the SITE SPONSORSHIP POLICY. In time, I want to add a FAIR USE
POLICY but that is on deck at the moment.
RESOURCE SHARING POLICY
Here is the simple policy:
If it will help teachers "Make Curriculum Pop" and you can
share the resource tactfully, share often and
Obviously, if you're just sharing a cool lesson or project you did
in your class, or a great resource you've found on the web - there
is no conflict. That is what this site is all about!
That said, lots of people here list themselves as writers and
publishers and they are generally very mindful about sharing. I
receive many e-mails asking if I can share someone's resource. I
try to rarely post things for people that are MC POP members
because I don't want to be seen as THE GATEKEEPER and it defeats
the spirit of the site. MC POP is here for YOU to share YOUR
awesome. Remember, if it will help teachers "Make Curriculum
Pop" and you can share the resource tactfully, share often and
Creating art, video, music, software, lesson plans or ed texts is
hard work and MC POP is a great space for people to celebrate their
work. The reality of the situation is that most people don't make
large profits off ed work and many of the things shared here are
labors of love. So share the love keeping the following in
• DON'T do a discussion forum post like this "NOW ONLY $19.95
COOLEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN BY ME!"
• DON'T pretend that you don't work for a publisher if you do. Full
disclosure = the way to go.
• DON'T share things that are 100% promotional like contests that
are not clearly tied to student projects or educational resources
for school. This is a fuzzy area and might merit e-mailing me if
you're not sure.
Please DO follow these great model posts:
• The post
LIfe and Death in a Civil War Prison
by author Catherine
Gourley. That, plus an image for the book are totally cool and
• The posts of Peter Gutierrez who works for many publishing
Some Free Resources re Graphic Novels & Literacy
LESSON PLAN: "Little Mouse Gets Ready" K-1 Lesson Plan
The Benefits of Reading Comics Aloud to Kids
• Lastly, the incredible post of software creator, Hardy Leung, on
how to use his software. See
101 Ways to Use Tagxedo
. It is awesome.
All these people disclose their role in the resource and
tastefully share stuff that can help teachers make curriculum
SITE SPONSORSHIP POLICY
As far as the formal advertising policy on the site when Ning
entered the pay era I had to decide how to pay our MC POP hosting
fees ($200 a year for this version). For that reason, you'll see on
the right sidebar we are now "sponsored by
Mindblue consulting." That is me. and yes, I'd love to come do
PD at your school - lol.
This is not yet a "real" sponsorship because Mindblue has been
largely dormant for the last 5 years (sans Teach,
Think, Play). That said, we don't have a massive cash flow but there is some and that is a way
to support MC POP alive and free for educators. We lost the
annoying Google ads on the right and a MB sponsorship link is in
their place. No biggie.
As you may have read in earlier e-mails, I'm hoping to launch an
online MC POP seminar series in 2011 called the MC POP GALLERY. I
have had a conversation with a small publisher about hosting
virtual conferences via WebEx in exchange for mentioning them as a
sponsor on the webinars - they publish some poppy books that I
think everyone could dig. I may also approach a university to host
them as podcasts. More on this as it develops.
I hope articulating this policy makes folks who are WRITING,
DRAWING & GENERALLY CREATING COOL STUFF less shy about sharing
their hard work with the larger MC POP community!
On a related note, it goes without saying the random spammers that
come to the site and start commenting on people's pages are
impossible to stop BUT usually I or someone else quickly notices
and we ban the user. These do not fall under the rubric of making
curriculum pop and are taken care of asap.
I hope this helps. Now please share your awesome with the MC POP