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Blended Learning: A Disruption That Has Found Its Time

This article from Leadership discusses how blended learning uses different modes of delivery, models of teaching and styles of learning to help educators reinvent teaching and learning.

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Blended Learning: Making It Work in Your Classroom

Describes how P.K. Younger Development Research School took a schoolwide approach to integrating digital content as part of their instructional framework. 

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BLS Career Information

This site from the Bureau of Labor Statistics aligns with its Occupational Outlook Handbook and includes a Teacher's Guide. 

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Book Nook

Explore, share and create video book trailers for your favorite books!

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Book Nook: Easy as 1, 2, 3!

A color 1-sided 8 1/2 x 11 flyer promoting INFOhio's Book Nook. Describes the three steps for submitting a book trailer. Updated October 2017.

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Book Trailers (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on book trailers includes links to resources, rubrics, guides, infographics, and samples of book trailers that entice viewers to read more about the book that is advertised in the trailer.

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BookFlix

Listen and read. Storybooks, e-books, videos, games, and more. PreK-3.

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BookFlix Alphabet Animals Poster

This poster from Scholastic and INFOhio promotes BookFlix while sharing the alphabet. Updated January 2018.

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BookFlix Best Practices (INFOhio Guides)
Best practices in using BookFlix to support early literacy developed by Ohio PreK-3 educators. Includes links to instructional "bags" with lesson plans and activity ideas.
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BookFlix Fact Sheet

This document from Scholastic and INFOhio provides information about BookFlix's features. Updated January 2018.

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BookFlix Parent Letter (English)

A letter to parents explaining the benefits of BookFlix and how to access it. Just update it with your school's contact and password information, print, and send.

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BookFlix Parent Letter (Spanish)

A letter to parents, in Spanish, explaining the benefits of BookFlix and how to access it. Just update it with your school's contact and password information, print, and send.

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BookFlix Value

A color 2 sided 8 1/2 by 11 flyer which promotes the vaule of Scholastic BookFlix.

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BookFlix Video Tutorial for Teachers (INFOhio on YouTube)

Learn the basics of using BookFlix with this 5 minute video tutorial.

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Bookmark - Custom Password

Color bookmarks that print 4 to a standard 8 1/2 X 11 page. You can customize them with your school's INFOhio username and password.

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Bookmark - State Password

Color bookmarks that print 4 to a standard 8 1/2 X 11 page. The INFOhio statewide username and password are printed on the bookmark.

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Boot Camp 2013 Session 7: Work the Knots Out of Your Presentations (And Your Stomach)

In this interactive session, you'll learn how to work the kinks out presentations with well-researched methods guaranteed to make you more confident in front of an audience. You'll discover how to apply the brain science techniques you already use in the classroom to connect with any audience, whether you're presenting to a group of parents or a group of administrators. You'll uncover little-known tricks to help you manage pre-presentation jitters. And you'll learn how to take your presentation slides from dull and forgettable to sparkling and memorable. You're invited to bring a presentation with you to transform during the small group work sessions.

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Boot Camp 2014 Session 8: Teen Makerspaces: School Library Implementation, Programming, and Resources

This webinar will discuss implementing and sustaining a makerspace in a school with any type of budget.  Texas school librarian Colleen Graves will describe different types of maker scheduling, maker programming, and resources for maker workshops.  After a year’s experience in maker workshops, she has first-hand ideas for getting students involved in the maker movement.

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Business Cards - Custom Password

Color business cards that print 8 to an 8 1/2 x 11 page. You can customize them with your school's INFOhio username and password. Print on cardstock or magnet paper for use at home.

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Business Cards - State Password

Color business cards that print 8 to an 8 1/2 x 11 page. The INFOhio statewide username and password are printed on cards. Print on cardstock or magnet paper for use at home.

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Career Connections: Ohio Department of Education

The Career Connections Framework provides an overview to school districts for developing implementation plans for career exploration.

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Case for Informational Text

This article from Educational Leadership discusses ways to help young students improved and develop the ability to comprehend informational text and the importance of using informational text.

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Cat / Cat Jr. Icon (Dark BG)

Cat / Cat Jr. - Dark background

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Cat / Cat Jr. Icon (Transparent)

Cat / Cat Jr. icon - Transparent background

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Catalog Custom Search Box Generator

Use this HTML Generator to create a custom search box widget for your school's INFOhio Library Catalog.

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Cavemen Took Notes?

This article from School Library Media Activities Monthly discusses the use of caveman talk to teach how students must take notes for research.

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Challenge of Challenging Text

This article from Educational Leadership includes suggestions for teachers to help students understand a complex text, including building skills for comprehension and reading fluency, establishing a purpose of the reading, and encouraging motivation and persistence". Found in Explora for Educators offered at no cost to Ohio educators through INFOhio.

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Charts, Graphs and Diagrams

Want to learn more about using charts, graphcs and diagrams to interpret data and directions?

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Close Read Complex Text, and Annotate with Tech--Part 1

How does text complexity build literacy skills? Learn more about close reading, text complexity and how to help students build these skills in this blog.

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Close Reading (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio's Pinterest board on close reading includes links to articles, websites, tools, and more.

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Close Reading in Elementary Schools

This article from Reading Teacher discusses how the components of close reading can be modified for elementary schools.  

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Close Reading Model Lessons

"Common Core-aligned lesson sets with explanatory annotations."

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Close Reading of Advertising Promotes Critical Thinking

This blog post is the third in a four part series by Frank Baker that connects close reading and media literacy.

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Close Reading of Online Text

One of the skills that students need is how to close read digital text. Check out these articles and resources to learn more.

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Close Reading of Texts

Close Reading: What It is and How to Teach It.

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Close Reading Toolbox

Check out this Livebinder with a wealth of resources on Close Reading including resources, lessons, blogs and more.

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Close Reading Without Tears

The article from Educational Leadership presents an in-depth examination into close reading instruction at various age and education levels. 

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Closing in on Close Reading

The article from Educational Leadership discusses teaching close reading skills to elementary students. Abstract thinking, literary analysis, and reading comprehension are discussed, along with methods for teaching elementary students about concepts such as metaphor, sentence structure, and word choice. 

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Coding (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio's Pinterest board on coding includes resources for teachers to get students started with coding.

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College and Career Readiness (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio's Pinterest board on college and career readiness includes digital tools and links to use for preparing for college and career. 

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Common Core and Informational Texts

The authors of this article discuss several informational texts for grades K-5 and show how they can be used in the classroom.

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Common Core in ELA/Literacy: Shift 4: Text-based answers

The video addresses what it takes to create opportunities for students to have deep, evidence-based conversations about text.

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Common Core: Fact vs. Fiction

A brief article on why an emphasis on informational text is beneficial for students.

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Constitution of the United States (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on the constitution of the United States includes links to INFOhio resources and websites that can be used in conjunction with Constitution Day in September each year.

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Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)

Articles, videos, images, current events, fact sheets.  Includes up-to-date medical and health information on many topics, from alternative medicine to daily health care.

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Control/Alt/Read: Reading Digital Text in the Plugged In Classroom of the 21st Century

After attending this webinar, you will be equipped with the latest research, methods, and approaches to prepare your students for digital text literacy, essential for success in college and careers for the future.

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