The Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC) 2023 is back and in person at the Columbus Convention Center. Presented by the Ohio Department of Education, come celebrate and attend the 25th anniversary of OETC, February 14–16.
Registration is now open!
Add INFOhio's sessions to your conference schedule to listen and learn about INFOhio resources, digital content, high-quality instructional materials, and more.
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INFOhio Library Services
Teaching with INFOhio Digital Content
There are many additional sessions to be excited about at OETC 2023. Check out sessions from INFOhio ICoaches, and INFOhio IPartners. Also check out these sessions from The Management Council, INFOhio's parent organization.
Don't forget to stop by The Management Council booth and talk to your Information Technology Center (ITC) staff to find out what they’re doing to support your district. Learn how Ohio Connectivity Champions can help your students and their families access affordable internet at home. And meet with INFOhio digital content partners as they showcase their resources in our "Ask the Experts" mini-sessions. These mini-sessions include time for demos, discussions, and questions. A schedule for these mini-sessions is coming soon.
Collaborate & Curate: Librarians and Teachers Team Up with HQIM
Thursday, February 16 from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Librarians are curation experts. In this session learn the impact of high-quality instructional materials and how teachers and librarians can team up to curate standards-aligned content to support the development of background knowledge for students. Learn how to use the browser-based BLUEcloud Course Lists tool, part of the INFOhio Library Services Platform, and link to safe, quality digital resources from INFOhio. Librarians can collaborate with teaching staff to curate supplemental resources to bridge the gap supporting all learners and preparing them for future success. To make the most of this session, we encourage participants to attend with a colleague from your school district to start your collaboration journey!
Session Presenters: Janah Shumaker and Sarah Mowery
Lighten Your Load with Cloud-Based Library Services Platforms
Thursday, February 16 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Become more mobile, efficient, and a key stakeholder of literacy at your school by using INFOhio's cloud-based library platforms. With next-generation, browser-based tools, library staff have the flexibility to choose the features and functions that best meet their needs. With a clean, modern interface that works effectively, manage your school’s assets from any supported device with an internet connection. Learn how to create efficiencies in everyday library operations including cataloging, circulation, and inventory, giving you more time to help students and teachers discover the wealth of resources in your school library.
This session is for those who currently use the library services platform supported by Ohio’s ITCs and INFOhio, or for anyone interested in learning more about these cloud-based library tools.
Session Presenters: Kamile Shed, Deanna Schumm, and Kim Connett
A+ Professional Development: Making the Grade with INFOhio Learning Pathways
Tuesday, February 14 from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
When it comes to selecting high-quality instructional materials for the classroom, professional development is essential to ensure educators choose the best.
Join us for this working session to learn how to train others on INFOhio’s quality digital content and implement it in the classroom.
Participants will learn best practices for adult learning and how to tailor those to meet the needs of their audience. This session will include an in-depth look at INFOhio’s Learning Pathways and explore options for using the content to build customized professional development. INFOhio’s Instructional Specialists will model best practices for training on a featured resource. Participants are encouraged to bring or have in mind an upcoming event where they are responsible for professional development on using INFOhio’s digital content in the classroom and will begin planning for its delivery during this session. Templates to plan high-quality professional development are included in the takeaways for this session.
Session Presenters: Emily Rozmus and Jill Finnan
Abracadabra! Harnessing the Magic of eBooks and Interactives
Tuesday, February 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Are you looking for a way to make learning more engaging? Do you want to update your textbook but don’t have the funds? By introducing digital texts and interactive learning into the classroom, teachers can spark interest, make strong connections to the existing curriculum, and use innovative instructional strategies. Thousands of eBooks and interactive resources for math, science, English language arts, social studies, computer science, financial literacy, and more are available completely free to you through INFOhio. No tricks or illusions here.
Because the content is all available digitally and across devices, you don’t have to worry about storing materials or updating classroom technology. You can assign content and activities to complete on your learning management system, as part of a flipped learning experience or social annotation activity, for differentiation and extended learning opportunities, or through choice boards. In this session full of magical ideas, we’ll explore the extensive library of eBooks and interactive learning materials available at INFOhio, discover best practices in using digital resources, see accessibility tools in action, and identify tangible steps you can take to introduce this engaging content in your classroom. No witchcraft or wizardry experience is required.
Session Presenters: Mary Rowland and Matt Yauk
Curated Resources for the Creative Classroom: Create, Lead, Empower Ohio
Tuesday, February 14 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Free up your time and find new inspiration in the classroom when preparing students for future success by empowering teachers and students to work creatively together. Find support in this collection of resources created to enhance what teachers are already doing in the classroom: engaging students with challenging content designed to develop leadership skills, creative problem-solving, and self-directed learning.
INFOhio's Create, Lead, Empower Ohio (CLEO) is a curated collection of supplemental instructional materials, digital content, websites, lesson plans, and instructional units for educators. This technology-centered curated collection focuses on elevating opportunities for students and teachers to engage in creative, self-directed learning and career exploration in classrooms, libraries, and innovation spaces.
CLEO offers supplemental instructional support for content area teachers and the unified arts, with a focus on content to provide the integration of the following skills:
Participants will learn how to navigate CLEO and what resources are available to bring creative learning experiences and STEAM into the classroom and library. Consider how web-based instructional resources in collaborative learning spaces can encourage leadership, foster creativity, develop digital citizenship, and empower self-directed learning. Leave feeling inspired to incorporate something new and interactive into your classroom or library!
Session Presenters: Emily Fitch and Mary Rowland
Discover Quality Text from INFOhio
Wednesday, February 15 from 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Quality text is essential for student learning and literacy growth. Providing students with grade-level text that is diverse and represents all text types is an important part of preparing students for future success. Join us for this session to learn more about the characteristics of quality text and how to find it using INFOhio’s research and discovery tools ISearch and Fetch. Learn the tips and tricks to drill down and locate the best texts, eBooks, and print books to support your students’ achievement.
Session Presenters: Emily Rozmus and Mike Ridinger
Forward with Data - Exploring Ohio's FAFSA Story
Tuesday, February 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Ohio’s high school class of 2021 left $111,190,685 in Pell Grant awards on the table as a result of not completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These funds represent an enormous opportunity for making postsecondary pathways. This session provides insights into how a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Ohio Department of Education, and the Management Council is providing data-driven tools, strategies, and resources for district/building leadership and high school counselors in their efforts to assist their students. Examine strategies for tracking and managing completions using the FAFSA Data Service. Learn about the newly designed Ohio FAFSA Dashboard which tells Ohio’s FAFSA story through engaging data and content. Join us to discover how these tools along with other efforts are helping more professionals - help more Ohio students complete a FAFSA and be in a better position to move FORWARD.
Session Presenter: Ed Hill
Get Your Parents Signed Up for the Affordable Connectivity Program!
Wednesday, February 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
The $14.2 billion Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) helps low-income families pay for internet. It provides a $30 per month discount on the household internet bill. The Ohio Connectivity Champions have been assisting school districts and their families with signing up for the program. Come check out this session to learn more about ACP and how we can assist your district in getting as many families enrolled!
Session presenter: Joseph Mancini
Ohio's Education Job Board
Tuesday, February 14 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Early in 2022, the Management Council partnered with PowerSchool to launch the Ohio Education Job Board through SchoolSpring. Built specifically for the education community, the Ohio Education Job Board is the central hub for PreK-12 jobs in Ohio. From teachers to bus drivers to support personnel, if it’s a job in PreK-12 education, you can post it on the Ohio Education Job Board. Learn how SchoolSpring and the Ohio Education Job Board benefit schools, districts, and to-be-hired educators in Ohio by taking a deeper look at the SchoolSpring platform.
Session Presenters: Jessica Madison and Madison Ernst