This page is where I am keeping a running list of resources related to pop culture and instruction.


Critical Commons - wonderful collection of clips, talks, images, music, and media with some excellent commentary and nifty features

Teachwithmovies - a phenomenally thorough and helpful site for teachers, teachwithmovies offers supplemental lesson plans for full length movies, and clips alike - one of the largest (if not the largest) collection of legally licensed Hollywood movie clips on the web

Wingclips - next to this is probably the best database of pop culture clips - geared towards uplifting themes and discussion points too!

Teachingchannel - this site offers hundreds of helpful tips and video clips from top teachers in real classrooms around America

TEDed - a great place for teachers to "flip the classroom" and find wonderful clips to help illustrate ideas

YouTube Education - A really great way to filter lots of the garbage YouTube has to offer, by cutting out unrelated videos, organizing videos into categories, and offering some pretty great content.

University Webinars - has a good collection of speeches given in higher education environments

Explania - this is remarkable site filled with animated videos geared towards education and learning

SchoolTube - A really cool site for students and teachers to create, share, and view movies. There is a really good social aspect to this site that is lacking in others

Edcanvas - this resource adds a simple and social aspect to lesson planning that favors flipping the classroom and using media in constructive ways while teaching

Filmclub - is an "education charity helping transform children's lives through film"

MIT Video - a huge collection of instructional videos from MIT folk - wonderful collection of open education resources that are aligned with CC

Betterlesson - average site with lesson plans that are CC aligned

Greg's Popular Culture & Education Diigo Group - if you are on Diigo, join my group and access a plethora of materials about pop culture in education. I try and keep a good trail by tagging everything that looks interesting or useful related to pop culture and instruction


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Considine, D., Horton, J., & Moorman, G. (2006). Teaching and Reaching the Millennial Generation Through Media Literacy. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 52(6), 471–481.

Hobbs, R. (2006). Non-optimal uses of video in the classroom. Learning, Media and Technology, 31, 35–50. 

Hobbs, R. (2012). The Simpsons Meet Mark Twain : Analyzing Popular Media Texts in the Classroom. The English Journal, 87(1), 49–51.

Luukkonen, J. (2003). Relevancy in the Classroom : Bringing The Real World into School. Language Arts Journal of Michigan, 19(1).

Saldana, J. (2008). Popular Film as an Instructional Strategy in Qualitative Research Methods Courses. Qualitative Inquiry, 15(1), 247–261. doi:10.1177/1077800408318323

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Stinchfield, T. a. (2006). Using Popular Films to Teach Systems Thinking. The Family Journal, 14(2), 123–128. doi:10.1177/1066480705285559

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Williams, B. T. (2003). What they see is what we get : Television and middle school writers. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 46(7), 546–554.