Ohio Resource Center


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Game-Based Learning In the Classroom, an Issue of In Perspective

In this issue on game-based learning in the classroom, we have two feature articles. The first is by Edward A. Hill, Jr. Ed is ORC's Digital Learning Specialist. In this article, he explains what game-based learning is, what it looks like in the classroom, and how teachers may "enter the game."

Our second feature writer, Jeff Kuhn, is a writing instructor and technology consultant at Ohio University. Jeff focuses on game play and writing in the classroom.

Our two vignette writers include one high school teacher and one middle school teacher. Brian Sztabnik shares a March Madness game he created for his AP literature class (this game requires no electronic devices). Larry Graykin describes a fantasy kingdom he created for his seventh and eighth grade ELA students.

See the full issue at http://www.ohiorc.org/adlit/InPerspective/Issue/2015-03.aspx.


NFTI Science — Summer 2015

The increased emphasis on reading nonfiction/informational texts in elementary grades provides an ideal opportunity for teachers to explore the links between Ohio’s New Learning Standards for Science and English Language Arts and to develop strategies to support learning in both through the effective integration of nonfiction texts into science instruction.

Participants will:

  • Increase science content knowledge
  • Learn to effectively integrate nonfiction texts into inquiry-based instruction
  • Make connections between Ohio’s New Learning Standards for Science and English Language Arts
  • Learn how to evaluate children’s nonfiction literature for use in science instruction
  • Support evaluation activities
  • Have an opportunity to participate in future NFTI programs

Find out more at http://www.ohiorc.org/orc_documents/orc/fyi/2015NFTISummerFlyer.pdf or REGISTER NOW!


SPARK: Literacy Strategies and Supports for Out of School Time Spaces

SPARK: Literacy Strategies and Supports for Out of School Time Spaces is now available in the Apple iBookstore and on Google Play.  

Apple iBookstore
Search for the title or by using this URL, https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/spark-literacy-strategies/id963314154?mt=13

Google Play
SPARK can be found on Google Play as a simplified eBook at https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Edward_A_Hill_Jr_SPARK?id=_sW6BwAAQBAJ&hl=en.  

The SPARK website provides additional insights related to the approaches outlined in SPARK. Also, watch the video realeased by the Office of Distance Education and E-Learning (ODEE) at The Ohio State University that highlights their Book Launch grant project in which the SPARK team participated to produce their book. 


Earth Science Resources for the OGT

The Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) in Spring of 2015 will be dual aligned, meaning that this OGT will still contain questions around Earth Science content.  In districts that have realigned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards, students taking the OGT this year may have missed Earth Science content.  In order to help these students (and their teachers), the Ohio Department of Education has worked with the Ohio Resource Center to collect Earth Science Resources that will address these gaps.


Free Safety Tip Line Available to Schools

A new safety resource is available to Ohio Schools that could prevent and alert local law enforcement to a school safety crisis. This resource – an anonymous tip line – is available free of charge to every school district and school in Ohio beginning today.

At the request of Gov. John Kasich, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety are launching the SaferOH tip line that will accept both calls and texts 24 hours a day for schools that register for the service.  

This tip line will allow students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student.

“The safety of our boys and girls remains the top priority of our schools,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross. “The SaferOH tip line provides another resource for schools and school districts in their continuing efforts to provide a safe and secure educational environment.”

Research shows that in 81 percent of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker knew something was occurring or was about to occur but failed to report it. Typically, that’s because the person who knew something feared being a ‘snitch’ or becoming the target of the attacker or bully as well.

Every tip can remain anonymous. School safety analysts may ask for additional information, but the caller can remain secret or leave his or her contact information for later follow-up.

Schools can sign-up for the free tip line at saferschools.ohio.gov.


Grant opportunities--General


Now accepting applications for the 2015 Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program

Grants are given to K–12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning.  Each year, educators submit applications for a Voya Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its:

  • Innovative method
  • Creativity
  • Ability to positively influence the students

One hundred educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. The deadline for applying is April 30, 2015. For more information, go to the Voya Unsung Heroes page.


RGK Foundation grants

The RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and health/medicine. The foundation's primary interests within education include programs that focus on formal K–12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.

All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry from the website as the first step. The RGK Foundation will entertain one electronic Letter of Inquiry per organization in a 12-month period. There is no deadline for submitting an electronic Letter of Inquiry. Foundation staff reviews electronic Letters of Inquiry on a regular basis, but you should allow up to three weeks for a response. For more information, go to the Grants Program guidelines page.


Grant and PD opportunities--Mathematics

Great opportunity for math coaches to work with OSU Mathematics Coaching Program

The OSU Mathematics Coaching Program is currently recruiting districts/schools/coaches for the 2014–2015 school year (February-August). The Mathematics Coaching Program, in its ninth year, is designed as a training program for experienced teachers who work as full-time mathematics coaches. These coaches team with teachers, in their classrooms daily in six-week rotations, and assist them in implementing research-based strategies that help K–12 students learn mathematics. For more information, go to the Mathematics Coaching Program website.


PD opportunities and grant opportunities--Science


Apply for AEP’s Teacher Vision Grants

Teachers of pre-K through grade 12 who live or teach in the AEP service area or in communities with major AEP facilities may apply. Grant awards range from $100 to $500. A limit of one grant may be awarded per teacher per year. Grants may be limited to two per school per year.

Any project that has an academic focus and a goal to improve student achievement will be considered. AEP has a special interest in science, mathematics, technology, electrical safety, the balanced study of energy and the environment, and energy efficiency.

Be sure to complete your application before midnight EST, Friday, February 27, 2015, in order to be considered for a grant for the 2015–2016 school year. For more information, go to the Teacher Vision Grants page. If you have questions, please call Barry Schumann, Community Relations Coordinator, at 614-716-1668 or send an e-mail.