Ryan Goble is a technie educator who has some interesting ideas to making curriculum pop through the use of pop culture.  His Ning site is interesting and offers interaction with other folks based on discipline and age group.  Your Ning userid/password is all you need.  http://mcpopmb.ning.com/

Ryan also wrote a techie column on the New York Times – Learning Network (a worthwhile favorite at http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/).  He wrote an article on techie, free and easy (Heiniger) tools.  It is well worth a read.  Below I have summarized the five areas (with links).  The article descriptions of each is worth a look at:

 1. Visualize Texts–Tech Tools: Wordle, Tagxedo or The New York Times Visualization Lab 

2. Make Content Comic–Tech Tools: ReadWriteThink’s Comic Creator, Professor Garfield’s Comics Lab or MakeBeliefsComix 

3. Create Interactive Timelines–Tech Tools: Xtimeline, Time Glider or Timetoast 

4. Design Interactive Presentations–Tech Tools: Glogster.edu and Museum Box 

5. Map and Brainstorm Ideas–Tech Tools: Bubbl.us, CoSketch.com and Cacoo 

Full article: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/09/tech-tips-for-teachers-free-easy-and-useful-creation-tools/#more-26619