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Your Weekend Playlist for Professional Growth: INFOhio Loves Reading

Written by Erica Clay on Thursday, 08 February 2018. 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!

INFOhio Loves Reading: A Reading Community Creates Digital Literacy

Written by Emily Rozmus on Wednesday, 07 February 2018. Posted in Posts

Imagine a classroom where students are all reading and interacting with each other about the text, but there is little talking. A few students sit in groups, sharing a computer or tablet, whispering and pointing to what they notice. Some students are sitting alone, typing or using the annotation features to respond to the digital text they are reading on their device. Headphones read aloud text for students who choose that option. Despite the lack of noise pollution in the classroom, this is an example of building a community of readers. Using digital text and tools is a way to engage readers in text, as well as empower them with one of the most critical needs for their future—digital literacy. INFOhio is dedicated to providing high-quality digital content, resources, and tools for students and teachers in Ohio that will develop the necessary skills for early literacy, inquiry, and college and career readiness. 

INFOhio Loves Reading: Using Connected Texts to Inspire Empathy

Written by Emily Rozmus on Wednesday, 31 January 2018. Posted in Posts

February is Black History Month when the African American people and events that are part of the American story are celebrated and remembered. During this month, educators have an opportunity to teach children about the African American experience. These lessons are the perfect platform to introduce, model, and cultivate empathy. One of the best ways to teach children to understand the feelings and thoughts of others is by using picture books in the classroom. 

Your Weekend Playlist for Professional Growth: Feelings

Written by Erica Clay on Friday, 26 January 2018. 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!

Missing Anything? Making Your Facebook News Feed Work for You

Written by Erica Clay on Tuesday, 23 January 2018. Posted in Posts

Check your Facebook News Feed. Are you missing anything?

Inquiry and INFOhio: Questioning

Written by INFOhio on Monday, 08 January 2018. Posted in Posts

Teaching students the skills and importance of asking good questions provides a solid foundation for learning. Learn which INFOhio tools you can use to help students learn to ask good questions. This is the second in a series of several posts about the inquiry process and the Dimensions of Inquiry.

Inquiry and INFOhio: Questioning

Give the Gift of Reading this Season!

Written by Emily Rozmus on Monday, 18 December 2017. Posted in Posts

Establishing a culture of reading in your home for the holidays can be managable with some free resources, and a little bit of planning. You can start a tradition in your house that promotes the joy of books with these five tips.

Give the Gift of Reading this Season!

Reading on the Screen: Why Supporting Digital Natives Matters!

Written by Emily Rozmus on Wednesday, 13 December 2017. Posted in Posts

Today's digital natives are primarily "tech comfy." Teens may need to show adults how to use SnapChat, but age and experience help adults know more about how to evaluate the content on this platform and other digital spaces.

In order to create cricital thinkers who are able to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate digital content, educators must be intentional in preparing  students for 21st century learning. That includes reading content on the screen from a variety of sources—blogs, social media posts, databases, articles, and forums.

Reading on the Screen: Why Supporting Digital Natives Matters!

The Early Bird Gets To Learn with the INFOhio Early Learning Portal

Written by Emily Rozmus on Monday, 20 November 2017. Posted in Posts

INFOhio is pleased to announce the release of the INFOhio Early Learning Portal. This resource is a collection of quality websites and apps for children ages three through five. While the resources were chosen and evaluated specifically for early learners, the INFOhio Early Learning Portal is designed for educators and parents to use with children.

The Early Bird Gets To Learn with the INFOhio Early Learning Portal

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.

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