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.


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.