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Get the Most Out of BookFlix with Training Designed Just for You

Written by // Emily Rozmus Wednesday, 07 November 2018

When INFOhio licensed the quality eBooks from Scholastic's BookFlix for all Ohio students, parents and teachers five years ago, we knew we were into something good. With over 130 fiction and nonfiction pairs of popular titles, BookFlix is a resource that engages students, even reluctant readers, and brings them back again and again to read, listen to, and learn from digital text. With a new interface and helpful features, BookFlix is now more user friendly than ever! And INFOhio users sure love the new interface. October 2018 was one of the highest use months BookFlix has had.

Are you feeling excited by the idea of this great digital content available to you at no cost? Intrigued by integrating technology into your reading time, but still not sure how to start? Make sure you make the most of BookFlix by taking training designed just for busy teachers and resource-strapped schools and districts. INFOhio has created the BookFlix Mini Training Module to accommodate both individual teachers and groups of staff members who want to learn BookFlix basics and design instruction around digital content. 

Two Steps to Stepping Up Your Veterans Day Instructional Materials

Written by // Erica Clay Monday, 29 October 2018

If you need instructional materials to support Veterans Day observances, you'll find everything you need in two easy steps with INFOhio.

Two Steps to Stepping Up Your Veterans Day Instructional Materials

Feel that Gravitational Pull! 7th Grade Science and Academic Vocabulary

Written by // Emily Rozmus Friday, 26 August 2016

Teach more than one standard with this lesson idea. Use science content and apply reading standards for a lesson that will get 7th grade students set up for success.

Feel that Gravitational Pull! 7th Grade Science and Academic Vocabulary

It's Autumn! Teaching Tips and Topics From INFOhio for Grades PreK-3

Written by // Emily Rozmus Monday, 26 September 2016

It's Autumn—cooler temperatures, shorter days, crisper air, and yes, runnier noses. It's a great time to teach your little learners about the change of seasons and how they affect the world around them. Check out these resources and tips from INFOhio to help teach your PreK-3 students about Autumn.

Two Steps to Stepping Up Student Learning (Updated September 2018)

Written by // Emily Rozmus Friday, 14 September 2018

This Teach With INFOhio blog post was originally published on September 19, 2017. We're re-posting it with updated information on INFOhio's Educator Tools.

Two Steps to Stepping Up Student Learning (Updated September 2018)

Bring Language Learning to Your Elementary, Middle, or High School Classroom with Transparent Language Online from INFOhio

Written by // Erica Clay Thursday, 30 August 2018

Through our partnership in Libraries Connect Ohio, INFOhio is providing Transparent Language Online to all Ohio PreK-12 students and educators at no cost to Ohio schools. Transparent Language Online is a web-based language learning platform with more than 100 languages, including English.

Bring Language Learning to Your Elementary, Middle, or High School Classroom with Transparent Language Online from INFOhio

Literacy Success with Storia in the Classroom

Written by // Emily Rozmus Monday, 02 July 2018

INFOhio is pleased to provide Storia to Ohio 4th and 5th grade teachers and students at no cost. Beginning August 1, 2018, educators who work with 4th and 5th grade students can request an access code for this online reading program which provides over 350 eBooks, both fiction and non-fiction.

Literacy Success with Storia in the Classroom

Here's How #INFOhioWorks! Little Miami Schools, Kim Hamlin

Written by // INFOhio Staff Friday, 23 March 2018

This post is part of the Teach With INFOhio series "Here's How #INFOhioWorks." In this series, you'll find specific examples of how INFOhio works for other Ohio educators. Learn some strategies you can try in your own classroom. Then share with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #INFOhioWorks!

Here's How #INFOhioWorks! Little Miami Schools, Kim Hamlin

INFOhio Loves Reading: A Reading Community Creates Digital Literacy

Written by // Emily Rozmus Thursday, 01 February 2018

Using digital text and tools is a way to engage readers in text, as well as empower them with one of the most critical needs for their future—digital literacy. INFOhio is dedicated to providing high-quality digital content, resources, and tools for students and teachers in Ohio that will develop the necessary skills for early literacy, inquiry, and college and career readiness. 

INFOhio Loves Reading: A Reading Community Creates Digital Literacy

Mission Control: Prepare to Launch!

Written by // Emily Rozmus Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Your Checklist for Launching Student Learning with INFOhio

Many educators across the state are in full blast-off mode - you are creating lesson plans, changing student seating, and maybe even grading papers. But this post will ask you to take a step back, and think about how you get ready to launch your students' learning. This post is about the motivation for your 12 hour, no bathroom break, opening ketchup packet days - this is Mission Control.

INFOhio's quality resources, tools, and professional development can help you in your mission. Here are 8 ways to use INFOhio to help launch student learning.

Field Days, Talent Shows, and Class Picnics - Oh My! or How to Learn and Have Fun During the Last Weeks of School, Part 2

Written by // Emily Rozmus Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Friday's post on how to keep calm, cool, and collected during the last days of school provided an example of how to implement Camp INFOhio into your classroom during the last weeks before summer break. The goal is to keep kids engaged, learning, and interested. Another resource available at no cost from INFOhio is IWonder. This student site is a collection of websites chosen by educators. The sites are categorized by asking students questions such as "Do You Want to Learn More About Technology?" and "Do You Want Help with a Project?" Students can browse to find a topic that interests them, and drill down to find specific websites where they can learn, play, and explore. Of course, one way to achieve part of the goal set is to allow the students to do just that—browse to learn, play, and explore. Without a plan of action, however, students may not be as engaged. And without engagement, well, we all know what happens in a classroom where students are not actively invested and interested!

Field Days, Talent Shows, and Class Picnics - Oh My! or How to Learn and Have Fun During the Last Weeks of School

Written by // Emily Rozmus Friday, 19 May 2017

The classroom is packed up, with bare walls and stacked-up textbooks. Students are eager to help clean and sort, preparing for the end of the school year. The teacher frantically finds activities to keep the class busy, and when all else fails, turns to a movie, the lights turned off, the room cooler without a fluorescent glare. Tomorrow is Field Day, and the temperature is sure to be high. The next day is the class picnic, and after that, the doors close for good on this school year. 

Stop the Summer Slide with INFOhio

Written by // Erica Clay Monday, 15 May 2017

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 Friday, 03 March 2017

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.

Texts that Support Social and Emotional Learning

Written by // Erica Clay Friday, 10 February 2017

With Valentine's Day approaching, it's a great time to talk to your elementary students about all kinds of healthy emotions and feelings, and treating others with kindness and respect. Use the entire week of Valentine's Day to boost your students' social and emotional learning. A recent emphasis on social and emotional learning may be related to language in the Every Student Succeeds Act that makes provisions for schools to count social and emotional growth toward their improvement strategies.

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