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All-Star School Library Websites: Zanesville High School Media Center

Written by Erica Clay on Wednesday, 04 January 2017. Posted in Posts

Ohio school librarians have some really great websites and we want to highlight a few that we think are All-Star School Library Websites. Why is it important to have a good library website? "Making libraries more visible on the web has two benefits: improving the service for the ones who are already committed to the library...and giving libraries the opportunity to reach those who never—or only sometimes—think about the library" (Fons). Much of the research on library website design is focused on academic and public libraries but proponents of the PreK-12 Virtual Learning Commons would argue that a school library's online presence is equally important because "it serves learning 24/7" (Schaffhauser).

This week we're focusing on Zanesville High School Media Center.

Let's Get Real About Fake News

Written by Erica Clay on Friday, 16 December 2016. Posted in Posts

In the years before the Internet became the first place everyone began their research, school and academic librarians spent countless hours teaching students from elementary school through graduate school how to read newspaper articles and magazines critically, looking for bias or political leaning. It's not enough to teach students to read for bias anymore. Even many college students have difficulty determining whether what they're looking at on the screen is a personal website, a newspaper article published by a reputable news source, an opinion piece in an academic journal, or a research study. Now, along with helping students understand the differences between information sources and examine them for bias, we must help students figure out if the information sources they've found online are even real.

Diverse eBooks for Early Readers

Written by Emily Rozmus on Tuesday, 13 December 2016. Posted in Posts

It's a snowy day today in much of Ohio, and many teachers and parents will automatically think of a childhood favorite, The Snowy Day by  Ezra Jack Keats. This award-winning book tells the story of Peter and the adventures he has on a snowy day. Readers young and old can imagine the red snow-suited figure of a young boy playing in the wintry city. Many will also remember that Peter is an African-American child, and recognize that childhood delights are not determined by race, location, or gender. Everyone has fun in the snow.

All-Star School Library Websites: Saint Joseph Academy

Written by Erica Clay on Friday, 18 November 2016. Posted in Posts

Ohio school librarians have some really great websites and we want to highlight a few that we think are All-Star School Library Websites. Why is it important to have a good library website? "Making libraries more visible on the web has two benefits: improving the service for the ones who are already committed to the library...and giving libraries the opportunity to reach those who never—or only sometimes—think about the library" (Fons). Much of the research on library website design is focused on academic and public libraries but proponents of the PreK-12 Virtual Learning Commons would argue that a school library's online presence is equally important because "it serves learning 24/7" (Schaffhauser).

This week we're focusing on Saint Joseph Academy's Nazareth Library.

Mark Current Events with World Book Timelines from INFOhio

Written by Erica Clay on Thursday, 03 November 2016. Posted in Posts

The Chicago Cubs just won the World Series. The last time that happened it was 1908. Help students put current events into historical perspective with World Book Timelines.

All-Star School Library Websites: Jackson Local Schools

Written by Erica Clay on Monday, 31 October 2016. Posted in Posts

Ohio school librarians have some really great websites and we want to highlight a few that we think are All-Star School Library Websites. Why is it important to have a good library website? "Making libraries more visible on the web has two benefits: improving the service for the ones who are already committed to the library...and giving libraries the opportunity to reach those who never—or only sometimes—think about the library" (Fons). Much of the research on library website design is focused on academic and public libraries but proponents of the PreK-12 Virtual Learning Commons would argue that a school library's online presence is equally important because "it serves learning 24/7" (Schaffhauser).

This week we're focusing on Jackson Local Schools in Stark County.

Close Reading and Analysis of Digital Text - English Grades 9-12

Written by Emily Rozmus on Friday, 28 October 2016. Posted in Posts

Ohio's Anchor Standards for College and Career Readiness require students to 

  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
  • Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

Close reading and analysis of text require higher level thinking, patience and focus.

MLA8 Means Changes...Are Coming! Lifelong Learning Skills for High School Students

Written by Emily Rozmus on Friday, 07 October 2016. Posted in Posts

In Spring of 2016, MLA (Modern Language Asscoiation) published their 8th version of MLA style - an update that addresses documenting sources in the digital era. Rather than ask for the version of the source of the publication's format, MLA8 addresses the practical likelihood that most formats are combined - a poem or song online could have com from a print book or an album cover. Therefore, the indication of whether the source is print or web-based has been deleted in MLA8.

It's Autumn! Teaching Tips and Topics From INFOhio for Grades PreK-3

Written by Emily Rozmus on Monday, 26 September 2016. Posted in Posts

It's Autumn - cooler temperatures, shorter days, crisper air, and yes, runnier noses. It's a great time to teach your little learners about the change of seasons and how they affect the world around them. Check out these resources and tips from INFOhio to help teach your PreK-3 students about Autumn.

Classical Music Month

Written by Erica Clay on Tuesday, 20 September 2016. Posted in Posts

In 1994 President Clinton signed a proclamation that September would be Classical Music Month. In 1995 Classical Music Month was again observed in September. However, in 1996 Classical Music Month was not observed in September as it was moved to April. Whenever you choose to celebrate the important role music plays in culture and history, INFOhio has excellent resources you can use for students in grades PreK-12.

#INFOhioWorks for Constitution Day

Written by Erica Clay on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. Posted in Posts

Whether you teach elementary, middle, or high School students, when it comes to observing Constitution Day, INFOhio has you covered! September 17th is a day to remember our country's foundations and to help our students at all levels learn more about what it means to be "the land of the free and the home of the brave."

Feel that Gravitational Pull! 7th Grade Science and Academic Vocabulary

Written by Emily Rozmus on Friday, 26 August 2016. Posted in Posts

Teach more than one standard with this lesson idea. Use science content and apply reading standards for a lesson that will get 7th grade students set up for success.

Calling all 4th Grade Social Studies Teachers!

Written by Erica Clay on Thursday, 25 August 2016. Posted in Posts

INFOhio has lots of great tools to support blended learning in the 4th grade social studies classroom! Take this content statement from Ohio's Grade 4 Social Studies Standards for example: The order of significant events in Ohio and the United States can be shown on a timeline. Use World Book Timelines to meet this standard.

ISearch Upgrade Update

Written by Erica Clay on Thursday, 18 August 2016. Posted in Posts

We are happy to report that one ISearch server is upgraded and back in service.

Big Changes to ISearch are Almost Here

Written by Erica Clay on Wednesday, 17 August 2016. Posted in Posts

On August 17th, all instances of ISearch that begin with the URL isearch.infohio.org or isearch2.infohio.org are being upgraded. What's changing besides the color scheme? ISearch has some nice new features!

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