Saturday, May 22, 2010

CMCIG 2010: Ohio Resource Center

Yesterday was the Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group, or CMCIG, annual spring workshop. Held at Bowling Green University's Jerome Library Curriculum Materials Center and hosted by CMCIG co-chair Kathy Yoder, workshop attendees came from Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania to discuss "What Works" in their curriculum material centers. Three separate sessions were planned for the workshop; a demonstration of the Ohio Resource Center; a new resource round table, a session of resource sharing which bookended a tour of BGSU's curriculum resource center, and a docent led tour of Mazza Museum.

Ohio Resource Center Ambassador Debbie Reynolds, Library Media Coordinator for Findlay City Schools, provided an overview of the ORC web site. What is the ORC?

"The ORC provides links to peer-reviewed instructional resources that have been identified by a panel of Ohio educators as exemplifying best or promising practice. Available resources also include content and professional resources as well as assessment and general education resources that will support the work of pre K–12 classroom teachers and higher education faculty members. The resources are correlated with Ohio's academic content standards and with applicable national content standards."

Debbie guided us through the web site and we had time to sign up for a free account, a great opportunity since options to create collections and receive newsletters is part of the service. At this time, the Ohio Resource Center focuses primarily upon mathematics, science, and language arts. Each curriculum area has an overview with features and quick links, and provides menu options for topics, grade level, and desired resources. It's possible to keep up with the ORC via Facebook, Twitter for math, science, English language arts, and early childhood, and their YouTube Channel.

This is a wonderful resource for preservice teachers served by curriculum materials centers, or in my case instructional resource centers, as well as new and established teachers. I hope to investigate this more closely as the links and videos it provides will be a great addition to existing education LibGuides.

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