Election ’16 Hub
ThinkTV and Wright State University College of Education and Human Services have partnered to create the Election ’16 Hub, an online portal offering a library of Election-related PBS resources and local multimedia content for classroom use. Educators and students can access the hub at http://www.thinktv.org/election/ or at wright.edu/thinktvelectionhub.
National K-12 resources include PBS LearningMedia’s Election Central collection. The collection includes the latest in Election news, the history of Elections, Election 2016 Lesson Plans and more. Contributors to the collection include the PBS NewsHour, American Experience and Frontline.
Locally, Ohio K-12 students will have their voices heard through Visualize Democracy: Expressions for Democratic Ideas in Visual Art, Poetry and Film. Students’ original visual artwork, poetry, and video/film will be exhibited in an online gallery hosted on the Election Hub beginning in October 2016. Other resources developed by ThinkTVinclude an interactive Ohio Presidential Sites map and Ohio lesson plans for teachers. In addition, ThinkTV has developed an e-book of Your Voice Counts by Marie Therese Grabowski about a student who learns the importance of voting while running for a seat on her school’s student council.
“Our locally developed videos and lesson plans complement the national resources to create an exciting K-12 collection for teachers and families about presidential elections and the democratic process” said Gloria Skurski, Chief Content Officer for ThinkTV/Public Media Connect
“Wright State’s partnership with ThinkTV is a great fit given our shared mission of education in the region, and it is a wonderful way to encourage civic engagement during this election cycle,” said Jill L. Lindsey, PhD, Professor of Leadership Studies at Wright State University’s College of Education & Human Services. “We are particularly excited to curate students’ expressions of democratic ideas in our Visualize Democracy Gallery.”
In addition to the Election ‘16 hub, ThinkTV will produce As Ohio Goes. The film will look at what makes Ohio the bellwether state in presidential elections. Since 1896 the Buckeye state has picked the commander-in-chief 28 out of 30 times – a frequency unmatched by any other state in the Union. As Ohio Goes is scheduled for broadcast in October and will be distributed to public television stations statewide. A series of classroom lessons will be developed in conjunction with the production. As Ohio Goes was made possible in part by Wright State University.
ThinkTV (ThinkTV16/WPTD in Dayton and ThinkTV14/WPTO in Oxford) is the most widely used non-profit educational, cultural and informational resource in southwest Ohio, serving more than 750,000 viewers across the region as well as more than 100 school districts, 20,000 teachers and 400,000 students. Through PBS and local programming, thinktv.org, innovative multimedia curriculum projects, parent workshops and professional development for teachers, ThinkTV provides rich and diverse resources to the Miami Valley. For more information about ThinkTV visit www.thinktv.org or follow ThinkTV on Twitter and Facebook.
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About Wright State
Wright State University serves nearly 18,000 students and offers more than 190 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degree programs through eight colleges and three schools, including Professional Psychology and the Boonshoft School of Medicine. A Carnegie-classified research university, Wright State’s main campus is 12 miles northeast of downtown Dayton, Ohio, near the historic landmarks where the Wright brothers taught the world to fly. The university operates a branch campus, Wright State University–Lake Campus, on the shores of Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina, Ohio. For more information, please visit: www.wright.edu