Teach With INFOhio

Connect Your Classroom to the Future with INFOhio and OETC: View Presentation Documents

Author // Erica Clay Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Whether or not you attended OETC, you can find the INFOhio presentation documents here.


Tuesday, February 12

8:00am–10:00am: Extended Session: Build Your Own Standards-Aligned Digital Curriculum...for Free!
Are you using textbooks that are more than 10 years old? Are you spending your weekend scouring the web for free instructional materials? When it comes to supplementing or building curriculum using Open Educational Resources, the challenges are many. With INFOhio, finding teacher-approved digital resources that you can use for free to build or supplement your curriculum is quick and easy. In this session, you'll dig into INFOhio's OER tools and the high-quality digital resources that INFOhio has licensed for all Ohio PreK-12 students, educators, and their parents. Using INFOhio's Educator Tools, which now includes over 80,000 lesson plans, assessments, and other instructional materials curated by education professionals, you will build a personal collection of standards-aligned lessons, labs, and other activities. Then you'll use ISearch to discover a wealth of digital content--including texts, videos, images, and more--that you can upload to your learning management system for student use. Take back your weekend by building your own standards-aligned digital curriculum for free with INFOhio's Open Educational Resources.
Presenters: Erica Clay (INFOhio), Gayle Geitgey (INFOhio), Julie Murphy (Knovation), Mike Ridinger (INFOhio), Randy Wilhelm (Knovation)
Union Station Ballroom C

3:00pm–4:00pm: Content, Process, Products, Environment: Differentiated Instruction the Digital Way
Technology is a powerful tool, but how does it help you differentiate your instruction?  This session explores how to engage students and enhance learning to meet each student’s needs by adding new technology tools to your toolbox with INFOhio’s digital content and resources to help differentiate instruction. By focusing on the intersection of free digital tools and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), INFOhio’s resources support teachers in finding content to differentiate instruction and to re-envision classroom activities.
Presenters: Cathie Cooper (INFOhio), Mary Rowland (INFOhio), Melissa Solema (INFOhio)
Room B232-233


Wednesday, February 13

11:00am–12:00pm: Get Introduced to INFOhio's Digital Tools And Resources For Educators
Looking for high-quality digital content and tools for your students to use in the classroom? Searching for lessons and resources to build an engaging learning environment? Then come shake hands with INFOhio and learn how you can utilize the premium content of Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library at no additional cost to your school. Connect with early literacy tools like Early Bird Learning Portal, foster close reading with Kids InfoBits, encourage inquiry-based learning with IWonder, and develop college and career readiness skills with ISearch – just to name a few! With INFOhio’s updated website, finding what you need has never been easier. Join us to learn how INFOhio supports you with lesson preparation, student engagement, digital learning, and professional development. 
Presenters: Mary Rowland (INFOhio), Melissa Solema (INFOhio) 
Room A111

1:00pm–2:00pm: Get Ready! Preparing Every Student for College/Career and More
Learn about Ohio’s free digital tools and content to help every student prepare for their future. Young children begin with career awareness, middle school students explore careers, and high school students take necessary steps to be career/college ready. OhioMeansJobs.com, Career Connections, College Credit Plus, and INFOhio provide standards-based lessons and curated content for you to use in your classroom. Learn practical strategies to integrate career literacy in face-to-face and virtual classroom instruction. Get ready to help your students be future ready! 
Presenters: Amy Dumbaugh (ODJFS), Jennifer Schwelik (INFOhio), James Turner (ODE Career Connections)
Room A226

2:15pm–3:15pm: Best Practices For Digital Reading
Are your students getting the most out of the digital era? Do your students comprehend, analyze, and synthesize when they read from a screen? Are you building digital learners from the ground up, providing digital literacy foundations and constructing 21st century skills using a variety of media in teaching and learning? This session will help PreK-12 educators learn how to navigate digital texts to further students' comprehension, build a love of reading, and model best practices for digital reading and implement them in the classroom using INFOhio's quality eBooks and digital text available at no cost to Ohio schools.
Presenter: Emily Rozmus (INFOhio)
Room B142-143

3:30pm–4:30pm: Ohio Distance Learning Association Career Connections Showcase
The Ohio Distance Learning Association will present a series of information for educators (teachers, guidance counselors, administrators), to showcase all of the amazing career-oriented distance learning opportunities offered by the Ohio Distance Learning Association members.  Each showcase presenter will share information about their career-oriented programs.  Three grade-specific areas covered include elementary, middle and high school.
Presenters: Cleveland Museum of Natural History, COSI, INFOhio, WVIZ/PBS ideastream, Cleveland Clinic Civic Education and the Broadcast Education Commission.
Room B132


Thursday, February 14

8:00am–9:00am: Explore. Create. Collaborate. Open Educational Resources PreK-12
The Open Educational Resource tool powered by INFOhio, Ohio PreK-12 Open Space, is ready for districts and groups to begin contributing and sharing! Members of the INFOhio Open Education Resource Collaborative will discuss what is OER, what is Creative Commons Licensing, why use OER and Open Space, and the impact on PreK-12 schools and districts. In this panel discussion you will learn why educators are using Open Space to create and collaborate to build content for personalized learning. Open Space is free to every Ohio PreK-12 educator.  Open Space includes built-in, easy-to-use authoring tools. A robust rubric provides guidance in creating high-quality resources that meet student learning needs. All resources easily integrate into Google Classroom. Join this panel and gain ideas on how your district or school can work with Open Space to build curriculum, learning modules, and learning objects. And, Open Space includes opportunities for publication of student-created work.  Come learn how the Ohio PreK-12 Open Space, powered by INFOhio, will assist your community in exploring, creating, and collaborating.
Panelists: Chad Lensman (Graham Schools), Stephanie Meeks (ODE), Michael Ridinger (INFOhio), Char Shyrock (Bay Village Schools)
Moderator: Jennifer Schwelik (INFOhio)
Room A215

11:00am–12:00pm: Unleashing Student Potential with INFOhio
Ready to immerse your students in learning? Looking for ways to share student work? Join us as we let loose digital resources that make personalized learning and student creations come alive in your classroom. This session includes INFOhio tools and resources that engage students’ sense of discovery, foster collaboration, and offer opportunities to showcase student creations of all kinds including book trailers, poetry, short stories, apps and games, art and science projects and more. Let INFOhio help you unleash your students’ wildly creative side.
Presenters: Trish Baker (LACA), Cathie Cooper (INFOhio)
Room B232-233

11:00am–1:00pm: Open Educational Resources – Hands-on Workshop
Bring your device and learn how to find, use, and create Open Education Resources (OER) for your classroom in this two-hour workshop. You will become familiar with the tools needed to return to your school as an early OER adopter, ready to engage others! This session is targeted for educators who are interested in learning about OER to explore potential applications in their content areas or schools. 
This session is designed for:

  • Teachers interested in adopting, promoting, or developing open resources to meet student learning needs. 
  • Librarians who work with faculty and others to find open resources, differentiate instruction, and meet learning needs.
  • Curriculum Directors who help design courses or textbooks using open resources and who would like to share how to design courses using open resources.
  • Administrators who would like to create programs focused on finding and adopting open resources to use in courses or as textbooks.
  • Technology leaders who would like to create programs focused on finding, adopting, developing, and integrating open resources in instruction.
  • School leaders who are interested in helping classroom teachers learn more about open resources and who want to present workshops on campus about finding and adopting open resources.

Presenters: Roger Minier (NWOET), Amy Palermo (WOSU), Jennifer Schwelik (INFOhio), Laurie Switzer (ideastream)
Room A122-123

About the Author

Posted by: Erica Clay

Erica Clay is the Director of INFOhio. Prior to this, she was a member of INFOhio's Instructional Team. Before joining the INFOhio team, Erica was a Library Director and a Humanities Librarian in academic libraries, a Knowledge Management Editor at a university, and taught K-8 music and PreK. She earned a BA in English and Music and a Master of Humanities from Wright State University, and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.

Erica Clay
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