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Inquiry and INFOhio

Written by INFOhio on Wednesday, 15 November 2017. Posted in Posts

As you watch the webinar, Inquiry in the Social Studies Classroom and Beyond: Leading the Next-Generation Digital Citizens to Multiple Perspectives and Reliable Resources, we thought you might want a refresher on inquiry—what it is and how several INFOhio tools have used the Dimensions of Inquiry as their foundation. This is the first in a series of several posts about the inquiry process and the Dimensions of Inquiry.

Get Your “But” Out of the Way with INFOhio

Written by Emily Rozmus on Friday, 27 October 2017. Posted in Posts

Are you a "Yeah, But..." Educator? Take this short quiz to find out.

  1. Have you been in the field for five or more years?

  2. Do you attend at least three meetings a week - TBT, BLT, OTES, IEP, EOC, OIP, DLT, AYP, ELL, RTI?

  3. Have you read at least two required professional books in the past three years and found best practices you wanted to try, but never found the time?

  4. Have you been so busy you can't remember the last time you went to the bathroom?

  5. Did you hear a speaker within the last year who shared inspiring stories of greatness in the classroom? And did you return to your classroom, determined to try their tips, but saw the pile of papers to grade, IEPs to finish, discipline referrals to sign, or list of parents to call and felt overwhelmed?

If you answered "yes" to three or more of these questions, you are at risk of becoming a “Yeah, But…” Educator, or YBE. Admitting that you might be a YBE is the first step to recovery.

Your Weekend Playlist for Professional Growth

Written by Emily Rozmus, Erica Clay on Friday, 22 September 2017. Posted in Posts

The weekend is almost here! It's time to kick back and relax. But we think that the weekend is also the perfect time to get your professional growth on. We're not talking about parking yourself in front of a computer or sticking your nose in a scholarly journal. Instead, we're giving you a weekend playlist for professional growth. So plop down on the couch and turn on your TV, or tune in while you're in your car, or listen on your phone while you go for a walk—and get ready to grow professionally!

Two Steps to Stepping Up Student Learning

Written by Emily Rozmus on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Posted in Posts

Finding your "why" is essential to doing what you do better, and knowing how to do it. If we brainstorm and soul search here at INFOhio to find our "why," we could come up with many different possibilities - equitable access, college and career readiness, early learning foundations, professional development, and quality content. But the "why" we keep coming back to is student learning.

Prepare for a Stellar School Year

Written by Erica Clay on Thursday, 24 August 2017. Posted in Posts

The air is cool and crisp. The leaves are a vibrant orange or fiery red. Pumkins and mums are starting to appear on the front porches in your neighborhood. Students come to school each morning, accustomed to the habits of the school day. Things finally feel settled, almost peaceful. Students are in their classrooms, starting a new research unit...and then you hear it. It's the same thing you hear every year around the last week of September or the first week of October. It starts with one voice, but others quickly echo until it builds to a roar, filling the hallways of the school: "I don't know my username and password!"

Mission Control: Prepare to Launch!

Written by Emily Rozmus on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. Posted in Posts

Your Checklist for Launching Student Learning with INFOhio

Many educators across the state are in full blast-off mode - you are creating lesson plans, changing student seating, and maybe even grading papers. But this post will ask you to take a step back, and think about how you get ready to launch your students' learning. This post is about the motivation for your 12 hour, no bathroom break, opening ketchup packet days - this is Mission Control.

INFOhio's quality resources, tools, and professional development can help you in your mission. Here are 8 ways to use INFOhio to help launch student learning.

Field Days, Talent Shows, and Class Picnics - Oh My! or How to Learn and Have Fun During the Last Weeks of School, Part 2

Written by Emily Rozmus on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. Posted in Posts

Friday's post on how to keep calm, cool, and collected during the last days of school provided an example of how to implement Camp INFOhio into your classroom during the last weeks before summer break. The goal is to keep kids engaged, learning, and interested. Another resource available at no cost from INFOhio is IWonder. This student site is a collection of websites chosen by educators. The sites are categorized by asking students questions such as "Do You Want to Learn More About Technology?" and "Do You Want Help with a Project?" Students can browse to find a topic that interests them, and drill down to find specific websites where they can learn, play, and explore. Of course, one way to achieve part of the goal set is to allow the students to do just that—browse to learn, play, and explore. Without a plan of action, however, students may not be as engaged. And without engagement, well, we all know what happens in a classroom where students are not actively invested and interested!

Field Days, Talent Shows, and Class Picnics - Oh My! or How to Learn and Have Fun During the Last Weeks of School

Written by Emily Rozmus on Friday, 19 May 2017. Posted in Posts

The classroom is packed up, with bare walls and stacked-up textbooks. Students are eager to help clean and sort, preparing for the end of the school year. The teacher frantically finds activities to keep the class busy, and when all else fails, turns to a movie, the lights turned off, the room cooler without a fluorescent glare. Tomorrow is Field Day, and the temperature is sure to be high. The next day is the class picnic, and after that, the doors close for good on the 2016-17 school year. 

Stop the Summer Slide with INFOhio

Written by Erica Clay on Monday, 15 May 2017. Posted in Posts

The Summer Slide sounds like a fun piece of playground equipment but it’s something to be prevented: “Students in lower-income families who don't read over the summer lose two to three months of learning, according to the National Summer Learning Association, a Baltimore group with ties to Johns Hopkins University” (Wisconsin State Journal). To learn more about the Summer Slide, try a search for “summer slide” or “summer learning loss” in ISearch (use your school or district's INFOhio username and password if prompted).

Demonstrating School Library Value = Demonstrating Student Success

Written by Erica Clay on Friday, 28 April 2017. Posted in Posts

As School Library Month comes to an end, it’s natural for library staff to ask: how can we increase awareness and keep the momentum going? This month INFOhio staff have had several meaningful interactions with library staff, INFOhio Providers, and administrators that have given us a few ideas on how school library staff can continue to demonstrate the value of their school library all year long. Whether your job title is Teacher Librarian, Library Paraprofessional, Library Aide, School Library Media Specialist, or Library Support Staff, make it your goal to demonstrate your school library’s value and finish the school year strong.

Summer Reading—Teacher Style

Written by Emily Rozmus on Monday, 10 April 2017. Posted in Posts

It's amazing to think that it is April, and for many Ohio teachers, there are only 6-8 weeks left of this school year. Most can still remember the smell of the new crayons or the smiling faces of new students. Many will wonder where the school year has gone. Most will cheer and dream of peace, sleeping in, and sunshine. And because it is April, many educators will also begin to wonder what they can do to further their efficacy, effort, and influence in the classroom for the next school year. They will think back about this year, and ask, "How can I engage my students more?" What approach might work better for teaching this concept?" "Should I consider restructuring my reading program?" That's right—the end of the school year often means it's time for some serious professional development. "Summer is the perfect time to recharge," according this to this article from Educational Leadership about ways that being a better student will lead to being a better teacher. Often districts will have prescribed summer PD, but that doesn't mean there aren't easy options for developing your own PD plan—one that will answer your personal questions and build a better educator based on your needs and expectations. INFOhio can help with that. We like to think of it as Summer Reading—Teacher Style. It's free and all you need is time, some mindfulness, and a device with an Internet connection. 

Social Emotional Learning Happens in Your Library

Written by Erica Clay on Friday, 07 April 2017. Posted in Posts

As we mentioned in a previous post, social-emotional learning is trending lately. That may be related to language in the Every Student Succeeds Act that makes provisions for schools to count social and emotional growth toward their improvement strategies. To see how  this topic is making the news, try a search on your favorite social media platform for one of these:

  • #SocialEmotionalLearning
  • #SEL
  • #mindfulness

Tell Your Compelling Story with Data: Part 2

Written by Erica Clay on Wednesday, 05 April 2017. Posted in Posts

Make your data speak

Numbers in a vacuum are rarely impressive. Now that you’ve got some organized data, there are lots of free applications that let you get really jazzy with your numbers. What should you do? Use your data to tell your story.

Tell Your Compelling Story with Data: Part 1

Written by Erica Clay on Thursday, 30 March 2017. Posted in Posts

  • In the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year, INFOhio Staff, ICoaches, and DBICoaches delivered 175 presentations to 4,701 students, educators, and administrators.
  • In the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year, the INFOhio main website had 1,143,692 page views.
  • In the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year, students in all 88 counties in Ohio logged into the INFOhio website.
  • During the 2015-2016 school year, Ohio 4th graders read 2,927,497 pages in Storia.

How does that grab you?​ It probably doesn’t.

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