About

Our Mission

SpotOn™, an initiative of The Ohio State University, supports PreK-12 teachers, administrators, and content decision-makers in the evaluation and selection of those digital resources that best meet their instructional requirements and the learning needs of their students. SpotOn is an extension of Ohio EDCITE: Evaluating Digital Content for Instructional and Teaching Excellence. EDCITE is a consortium, comprised of five central Ohio school districts in partnership with The Ohio State University, that addresses the critical task of transitioning from print to digital curriculum in order to provide more customized, personalized learning opportunities to meet students’ diverse instructional needs and positively impact student learning. Since its formation in 2014, the consortium has been engaged in providing teacher professional development, evaluating digital content and publishing reviews, and creating processes to streamline curriculum adoption.  

SpotOn is managed by the Research Laboratory for Digital Learning. At The Research Laboratory for Digital Learning, we strive to understand how students learn in technology-supported learning environments and how to design, develop and integrate innovative technology capable of promoting students' motivation and engagement in digital learning to achieve a positive impact on student success. Our research focuses on areas where technology plays essential roles in supporting meaningful learning, including computer-supported collaborative learning, motivation and self-regulated learning, learning analytics and social network analysis, artificial intelligence in education, virtual world and educational games, digital learning design and development, and teacher technology professional development. We are particularly interested in multi-disciplinary collaborative projects where innovative learning technologies bring potentials to benefit students' learning and achievement. 

The SpotOn Digital Resource Evaluation Rubric is the foundation of our educator support. We train educators to apply the rubric to the evaluation and selection of digital content, which empowers them to become digital leaders in their schools. Through our website and digital resource reviews, we reach educators in a different way—no matter where they are in their digital transformation or content selection process, we help them find the right digital content for their students.

Services

Resource & Curriculum Evaluation Support

The SpotOnReviews.org database may not feature every resource your curriculum committee is considering or the specs your technical director requires. SpotOn’s custom support services combine our rubric-based evaluations with information tailored to your needs. We will pinpoint what is important to you, deploy our team of in-house educational experts to collect this data, and provide you with a printable or shareable report that reflects your unique priorities. Let us put the legwork into helping your district verify which resources are the right fit. 

All support packages include an initial consultation and one SpotOn Evaluation Report per resource. The evaluation process combines product information research with SpotOn’s editorial process (multiple independent reviewers, inter-rater agreement assurance, review unification, and copy editing).

Choose from packages of:

  • Non-Core, Core and/or Adaptive
  • Games and or Units
  • Apps, Learning Objects, and/or Lessons


Materials may be reviewed by SpotOn’s Digital Review Specialists or your own educators who have been trained to use the SpotOn Rubric.

SpotOn Digital Resource Evaluation Training Packages

SpotOn training is built on the SpotOn Rubric, developed by researchers at The Ohio State University. Educators who have been trained on the SpotOn Rubric report increased confidence in selecting and using digital resources in the classroom and show improved TPACK (Technology, Pedagogy, and Content Knowledge) scores. SpotOn offers three training package options, which differ primarily in the amount of personalized contact your educators will have with our Learning Coaches. All packages can be customized to meet the needs of your school or district.

For pricing or more information about any of our services, please contact us.

Who We Are

Our backgrounds are varied—we come from teaching, publishing, advocacy and academics, and we are all driven by the common goal of making a positive impact on PreK-12 education, focused on helping U.S. schools make better choices on digital classroom content. Come meet our team.