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Reading on the Screen: Why Supporting Digital Natives Matters!

Written by Emily Rozmus on Wednesday, 13 December 2017. Posted in Posts

Today's digital natives are primarily "tech comfy." Teens may need to show adults how to use SnapChat, but age and experience help adults know more about how to evaluate the content on this platform and other digital spaces.

In order to create cricital thinkers who are able to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate digital content, educators must be intentional in preparing  students for 21st century learning. That includes reading content on the screen from a variety of sources—blogs, social media posts, databases, articles, and forums.

Reading on the Screen: Why Supporting Digital Natives Matters!

Stop the Summer Slide with INFOhio

Written by Erica Clay on Monday, 15 May 2017. Posted in Posts

The Summer Slide sounds like a fun piece of playground equipment but it’s something to be prevented: “Students in lower-income families who don't read over the summer lose two to three months of learning, according to the National Summer Learning Association, a Baltimore group with ties to Johns Hopkins University” (Wisconsin State Journal). To learn more about the Summer Slide, try a search for “summer slide” or “summer learning loss” in ISearch (use your school or district's INFOhio username and password if prompted).

Scholastic Stuff for Students - Straight to your Desktop!

Written by Emily Rozmus on Friday, 03 March 2017. Posted in Posts

Do you use Scholastic News in your classroom? What about Scholastic Scope or Scholastic Science? These subscriptions are a popular teaching tool in many schools. Full of informational text and critical thinking activities, Scholastic's classroom magazines offer teachers a wealth of resources that feature popular topics and engaging graphics. You can learn more about these resources, their grade levels, and content at Scholastic's Classroom Magazines site.

Let's Get Real About Fake News

Written by Erica Clay on Friday, 16 December 2016. Posted in Posts

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.

MLA8 Means Changes...Are Coming! Lifelong Learning Skills for High School Students

Written by Emily Rozmus on Friday, 07 October 2016. Posted in Posts

In Spring of 2016, MLA (Modern Language Asscoiation) published their 8th version of MLA style - an update that addresses documenting sources in the digital era. Rather than ask for the version of the source of the publication's format, MLA8 addresses the practical likelihood that most formats are combined - a poem or song online could have com from a print book or an album cover. Therefore, the indication of whether the source is print or web-based has been deleted in MLA8.

Big Changes to ISearch are Almost Here

Written by Erica Clay on Wednesday, 17 August 2016. Posted in Posts

On August 17th, all instances of ISearch that begin with the URL or are being upgraded. What's changing besides the color scheme? ISearch has some nice new features!

Big Changes Coming to ISearch This Week

Written by Erica Clay on Tuesday, 16 August 2016. Posted in Posts

If your school's instance of ISearch looks like this...

Support for STEM and Blended Learning

Written by Erica Clay on Tuesday, 09 August 2016. Posted in Posts

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 on Monday, 01 August 2016. Posted in Posts

Dear Teachers,

It’s August – let’s do this!