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Engage, Connect, Reflect: Using Digital Text in the Classroom

Written by // Emily Rozmus Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Happy 2017!  Do any of your resolutions include using new and more effective teaching practices in the classroom? If this sounds familiar, then this is the blog for you! What better time to introduce teaching and learning with digital text than at the beginning of the 17th year of the 21st Century! Digital devices are a regular part of education, and a daily part of most students' lives outside of school. The best way to help our digital natives learn to use their online presence to find, learn, and evaluate is by using digital text in the classroom. That's where engaging, connecting, and reflecting come in. INFOhio's digital text can help you maximize your teaching and student learning using these actions!

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.

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

Written by // Emily Rozmus Monday, 26 September 2016

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 Tuesday, 20 September 2016

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 Tuesday, 13 September 2016

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 Friday, 26 August 2016

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 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.

Support for STEM and Blended Learning

Written by // Erica Clay Tuesday, 09 August 2016

STEM subjects are well suited for blended learning initiatives. Whether you are a teacher of a traditional STEM subject (science, technology, engineering, and math) or an ELA or Social Studies teacher making cross-curricular connections, INFOhio has the tools to support your STEM instruction and your students' STEM learning. For free STEM lesson plans, log into the INFOhio website with your school's INFOhio username and password. Find Science Online (Facts On File).

Back To School Blitz! Lessons, Tips, and Strategies for the Vacation to Education Transition

Written by // Emily Rozmus Monday, 01 August 2016

Dear Teachers,

It’s August – let’s do this!

Keep Learning All Summer Long

Written by // Erica Clay Thursday, 30 June 2016

According to Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services, "Summer vacation is one of the predominant causes of the achievement gap in America's schools. While middle- and higher-income children spend their summers engaged in activities and enrolled in programs that strengthen and reinforce learning, the vast majority of children in low-income communities have little or no access to such opportunities. By the time school begins each year, low-income children's lack of access to enriching summer activities results in their falling weeks, if not months, behind their more advantaged peers."

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.

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