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Oak Hills Local SD Partners with Ohio State U on Digital Content Evaluation

SpotOn, an initiative of Ohio State University, has partnered with Oak Hills Local School District to offer professional development in the evaluation of digital content.

SpotOn will provide the district $30,000 in matching funds to train up to 60 teachers to review digital content under consideration by the district using SpotOn's rubric. Teacher reviewers will evaluate more than 300 apps and games for possible use in K-12 classrooms, making the reviews available at spotonreviews.org. A set of reviewers will then be chosen to become teacher-coaches and receive additional training to help expand the process to all district teachers.

"We are extremely excited to have SpotOn work with our educators to provide professional learning opportunities on reviewing and selecting digital content," said Todd Yohey, district Superintendent, in a prepared statement. "As our district increases the use of digital materials, it will be crucial for our educators to have the skills and confidence necessary to select appropriate digital content for their classrooms."

The partnership is the first in the SpotOn Digital Content Partnership Program, an initiative that offers up to $50,000 in matching funds to train teachers in digital content evaluation. More information about the program is available at spotonreviews.org/matching.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].