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Transforming Instruction. Impacting Learning. INFOhio 2019-2020

Author // Emily Rozmus Friday, 16 August 2019

There is so much to do at the beginning of the school year. 

Teachers prepare where they will teach, what they will teach, and how they will teach. They personalize it for who they will teach, considering the needs for their students to engage, inspire, and influence them.

School leaders implement new initiatives, plan professional development, and monitor staff feedback. They maintain the ebb and flow of ideas, facilitate growth mindset, and boost staff morale.

Students arrive with new supplies, high hopes, and fresh attitudes. They represent the future and all the preparation and implementation happens because of and for them.

There is so much happening at the beginning of the school year. 

Transforming Instruction. Impacting Learning. 

INFOhio starts planning for the new school year in May. As schools wind down and teachers and students clean out classrooms and lockers, we are getting ready for our busiest time of the year. We prepare for the needs of teachers, and implement what we have learned from research, feedback, and user advocacy. Our goal is to transform instruction to impact learning—whether it is face-to-face, online, individual, group, adult, child or adolescent.

For the 2019-2020 school year, INFOhio is focused on supporting this goal with enhancements and additions to our quality digital content and web tools, and professional development. You can get in-depth information on how #INFOhioWorks for you in transforming instruction and impacting learning by watching our Fall 2019 presentation or downloading our Teach & Learn with INFOhio: Digital Resources for a Digital Age flyer. Library staff can learn more about library services and technical support updates in this blog post.

This blog has an overview of what INFOhio has for instruction and learning:

Quality Digital Content and Web Tools 

World Book Early Learning—Explore dinosaurs, dump trucks, wild animals, and more with the darn cute new interface for Early World of Learning. Students can read, watch, and interact. Teachers can use lesson plans and print activities for reinforcement of skills and support of standards. 

INFOhio OER—For nearly 20 years, INFOhio has provided high-quality open educational resources to teachers, parents, and students in Ohio. Our content and tools available at no cost to schools allow teachers to personalize both student and professional learning and build curriculum with digital resources. Educator Tools, ISearch, and Open Space provide teachers with the content and platform they need to transform teaching. 

ISearch —The enhanced interface for this discovery layer tool makes it easy for students and teachers to find the right text, whether print or digital. Schools automated with INFOhio will find a more visual, less cluttered look to their My Library tab in ISearch, making it easier for students to find the book they need using ISearch.

Professional Development

INFOhio Campus—This is the go-to place for flexible, professional development and training on how to use and integrate INFOhio's content and tools into the classroom. You will find old favorites such as recordings of Learn With INFOhio webinars and Success in Six as well as new professional development options. 

INFOhio Learning Pathways —Classes on INFOhio's digital resources and tools combine to make one learning pathway. Participants can take one class, or the complete pathway alone or with a group. Each class includes a trainer guide for formal training as well. The INFOhio Learning Pathways offer contact hours and digital badge to show that learning occurred. 

Current Pathways

  • K-5 Digital Content
  • Building Your Digital Curriculum with INFOhio OER
  • BLUEcloud

Coming Soon

  • Ages 3-5 Digital Content
  • 6-12 Digital Content

 Be sure to visit frequently as new classes are being published in the current pathways!

IPartner and ICoach—Want to share what you know about INFOhio? Staff in educational agencies such as ESCs, ITCs, SSTs, and Ed Techs can apply to be an INFOhio IPartner. School employees can apply to be an INFOhio ICoach (formerly known as District/Building ICoach). Each program provides these benefits:

  • Certification as an authorized INFOhio trainer after completion of required training that can be used to demonstrate professional learning growth.
  • First notification about INFOhio tools and resources updates.
  • Connection to the online learning community of INFOhio trainers to share ideas and training resources.

Training for these programs is online and self-paced. 

As always, share how #INFOhioWorks for you to transform instruction and impact learning on social media. Stay connected with INFOhio!

 Questions? Visit support.infohio.org.

About the Author

Posted by: Emily Rozmus

Emily Rozmus is an INFOhio Instructional Team Specialist.  She has worked in education for 25 years, first as a secondary English teacher, and then as a district librarian. Emily has developed district growth plans, integrated technology, created instruction for information literacy, fostered teacher development, and worked on teams to implement curriculum. At INFOhio, she focuses on helping educators use INFOhio resources to improve early learning. She also works to share research and best practices for helping students be better readers of INFOhio's digital text. 

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