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Using INFOhio's Digital Text to Build PreK-5 Literacy – Free Professional Development Workshops

Author // Emily Rozmus Tuesday, 30 July 2019

INFOhio is excited to partner with Scholastic, the ESC of Northeast Ohio, Stark County ESC, and Great Start for Great Futures Coalition to bring a full day of fee-free professional development to teachers, administrators, curriculum directors, school librarians, and other educational staff working with students in grades PreK-5.

Don’t miss opening keynote speaker, Professor Emeritus and author Lester Laminack who will present When Books Become Best Friends: One Book/Many Visits. Participants will receive a copy of one of Laminack's books, as well as a copy of a title included in one of Scholastic’s resources, BookFlix or Storia: Ohio’s 4th and 5th Grade eBook Collection, which are available to Ohio schools from INFOhio.

Participants will join fellow educators in a full-day of professional development and activities:

  • Exploring best practices for integrating digital text to enhance literacy using content from INFOhio.
  • Learning more about resources that support Ohio's Learning Standards including foundational reading, vocabulary, and comprehension.
  • Discovering how to use and integrate Scholastic's BookFlix into the PreK-3 classroom and Scholastic's Storia eBook collection for Ohio students in grades 4 and 5, both available at no cost to Ohio schools from INFOhio.
  • Leaving prepared to build literacy and engage students with ready-to-implement strategies and a knowledge of the quality digital text brought to you by INFOhio.  

Educators have two opportunities to attend:

  • Monday, October 28, 2019 – ESC of Northeast Ohio, 6393 Oak Tree Blvd, Independence, OH 44131
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – Stark County ESC, 6057 Strip Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720

If you would like to attend one of these events, register here. Please note that each event is limited to 80 participants, and registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

The schedule for the day is specifically designed for PreK-5 literacy educators:

7:30-8:00 – Check-in

8:00-8:30 – Welcome and Announcement

8:30-9:30 – Lester Laminack, Keynote

9:40-11:40 – Breakout Session 1: Participant’s Choice – Choose one (Descriptions below):

  • Storia: Ohio’s 4th & 5th Grade eBook Collection: Getting Started
  • Introduction to INFOhio
  • BookFlix

11:40-12:40 – Lunch: On Your Own

12:40-2:40 – Breakout Session 2: Participant’s Choice – Choose one (Descriptions below:)

  • Storia: Ohio’s 4th & 5th Grade eBook Collection: Implementing in your 4/5 Classroom
  • Introduction to INFOhio
  • BookFlix

2:40-3:00 – Closing

Breakout Session Descriptions 

Please note that the BookFlix and Introduction to INFOhio sessions include the same content in the morning and afternoon. Please choose one for the morning and a different one in the afternoon. The Storia morning and afternoon sessions are different, however. We recommend signing up for both. 

Storia: Ohio’s 4th & 5th Grade eBook Collection: Getting Started - 

Learn more about Storia: Ohio's 4th & 5th Grade eBook Collection, provided at no cost to Ohio schools by INFOhio. This session will help educators who work with 4th and 5th grade students learn how to set up their accounts for Storia's eBooks. Participants will need a device for this session.

Storia: Ohio’s 4th & 5th Grade eBook Collection: Implementing in your 4/5 Classroom - 

Learn more about Storia: Ohio's 4th & 5th Grade eBook Collection, provided at no cost to Ohio schools by INFOhio. This session will help educators who work with 4th and 5th grade students learn how to use and integrate Storia's eBooks into reading instruction. Participants will need a device for this session.

Introduction to INFOhio - 

Learn more about INFOhio, Ohio's PreK-12 Digital Library, with a wealth of resources available at no cost to Ohio students, parents, and educators. This session will help participants identify the resources with digital content and web tools available on the website, and learn to navigate the site easily. Participants will need a device for this session.

BookFlix -

Learn more about Scholastic BookFlix, provided at no cost to Ohio schools by INFOhio. This literacy resource for students in grades PreK-3 includes over 130 pairs of fiction and nonfiction eBooks. This session will help educators learn how to use the resource and integrate BookFlix into classroom instruction. Participants will need a device for this session.

For any questions regarding the Using INFOhio’s Digital Text to Build PreK-5 Literacy workshop, please contact 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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