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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, and Ohio students, teachers, and parents make it our most used resource overall.

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 Class in the INFOhio K-5 Digital Content Learning Pathway to accommodate both individual teachers and groups of staff members who want to learn BookFlix basics and design instruction around digital content. 

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

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)

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

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 (Updated May 2019)

Written by // Erica Clay Monday, 15 May 2017

The Summer Slide sounds like a fun piece of playground equipment, but it’s something to avoid: “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.

PDFs to put POW! in your Pedagogy!

Written by // Emily Rozmus Monday, 06 February 2017

Using graphics to support learning is a strategy proven to have maximum results for student learning in classrooms. According to the National Council for Teacher Quality in a recent study, Learning about Learning, "Young or old, all of us receive information through two primary pathways - auditory (for the spoken word) and visual (for the written and graphic or pictorial representation). Student learning increases when teachers convey new material through both." Not only should teachers pair words with graphics, they should also provide concrete and tangible examples for abstract ideas. These are two strategies identified as, "proven practices that improve learning for all students." Using PDFs from INFOhio's Explora database is one way to integrate images and concrete examples into your classroom.

Close Reading and Analysis of Digital Text - English Grades 9-12

Written by // Emily Rozmus Friday, 28 October 2016

Ohio's Anchor Standards for College and Career Readiness require students to 

  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
  • Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

Close reading and analysis of text require higher level thinking, patience and focus.

Back To School Blitz! Lessons, Tips, and Strategies for the Vacation to Education Transition

Written by // Emily Rozmus Monday, 01 August 2016

Dear Teachers,

It’s August – let’s do this!

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