Teaching Science through Gamification: Promoting Education on Health Topics within the Caddo Parish School System in Northwest Louisiana
Health education is taught at all school grade levels in the Caddo Parish School System (CPSS). Librarians from the Health Sciences Library at LSU Health Shreveport (LSUHS) will work with the Caddo Science Department's K-6 and 6-12 Curriculum Instructional Specialists (CIS) and the Supervisor of Libraries of Caddo Parish Schools to bring awareness and encourage the use of gamification and game-based learning health and sciences resources linked from the NLM databases. LSUHS librarians will pull the resources (educational game-based online health/science resources) from the various NLM databases and send these to the K-6 and 6-12 Curriculum Instructional Specialists to vet and decide area and/or grade level based on the Caddo science curriculum (ex: Environmental Health, Life Sciences, Physics, General Sciences). Once vetted the LSUHS librarians will create three items. The first is a manual in print format that lists all of the resources by area with URLs which will be distributed to all teachers, librarians, and administrators in the Caddo Public School System. The second is the creation of the Teachers Educational Research Section of healthelinks.org as a public access resource for teachers and educators. Teachers are always looking for educational resources and nothing is ever in just ?one place?. The Gamification/Game-Based Learning Resources ?webpage? will be the first portion of the Teachers Educational Resources Section in healthelinks.org. The third is bookmarks about specific science topics containing the links to the online Gamification/Game-Based Learning resources relevant to that topic. These bookmarks will be given to the teachers to distribute to students when used as part of their lessons. This project would lay the foundation to the future expansion of the Teachers Education Resources Section through collaboration between the LSUHS librarians and the CPSS CIS and Library Supervisor.