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Let's Get Real About Fake News

Written by // Erica Clay Friday, 16 December 2016

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 Tuesday, 13 December 2016

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.

Mark Current Events with World Book Timelines from INFOhio

Written by // Erica Clay Thursday, 03 November 2016

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.

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

Written by // Emily Rozmus Friday, 28 October 2016

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.

Calling all 4th Grade Social Studies Teachers!

Written by // Erica Clay Thursday, 25 August 2016

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.

Use Storia in the Content Area Classroom

Written by // Emily Rozmus Thursday, 11 August 2016

INFOhio offers over 350 fiction and nonfiction eBooks for Ohio’s 4th and 5th graders through Scholastic’s Storia. This reading resource allows teachers to create classes and assign specific titles to groups or individuals based on their reading levels and preferences. Students can also browse the titles and choose books to read on their own. Teachers can check in and monitor the progress made by students, viewing reports on factors such as number of pages and minutes read. The books also offer an end of the book quiz where student knowledge is tested and teachers can check for comprehension.

Five Books to Share this Winter From Scholastic's BookFlix

Written by // Emily Rozmus Friday, 18 March 2016

Spend your snowy days this season with a great book. Cuddle up with your favorite reader - young or old - and share a story that will warm up even the chilliest of days. BookFlix is freely available to Ohio's PreK-3 students through INFOhio.

On INFOhio's Light

Written by // Emily Rozmus, Erica Clay Thursday, 17 March 2016

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." --Edith Wharton. INFOhio ILibrarians, Emily Rozmus, Brandi Young, and Erica Clay, discuss how INFOhio acts as a candle and a mirror. As shared by Joyce Valenza on School Library Journal's Neverending Search on December 19, 2015.

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