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Educator Tools, powered by INFOhio, now includes more than 45,000 teacher-approved lesson plans, best practices, articles, websites, and other instructional materials, curated by Knovation, to support personalized learning, project-based learning, and the inquiry process. Knovation is an Ohio-based company with a team of education professionals who use a 127-point rubric to evaluate the instructional materials.
Leveraging Knovation’s managed OER metadata, INFOhio’s Educator Tools gives Ohio educators easy and free access to standards-aligned learning resources from exemplary K-12 content publishers. In INFOhio’s Educator Tools, find the best-in-class learning resources for all grades, all subject areas, and all learning resource types to differentiate and personalize learning for your Ohio PreK-12 students.
Released in August 2012, the purpose of IMatrix was to merge information and resources needed to effectively implement inquiry in instruction. Working in partnership, INFOhio and the Hamilton County Educational Service Center formed a development team to design a tool that would combine Ohio’s New Learning Standards with inquiry learning skills. IMatrix helped educators practice inquiry-based instruction aligned to skills embedded within the content standards of the four core curriculum areas. IMatrix used the six Dimensions of Inquiry as its unifying instructional model and included curated content from both Internet-based resources as well as INFOhio resources.
In the summer of 2017, INFOhio began to merge multiple instructional tools—including the former Curriculum Toolboxes and the INFOhio Toolkit—into Educator Tools, a single platform where teachers could search or browse to find standards-aligned lessons, assessments, best practices, theory and media that was developed or curated by INFOhio. INFOhio then began to pull IMatrix content into Educator Tools. However, INFOhio determined that the best course forward would be to partner with Knovation whose team of educators evaluate thousands of resources against an extensive rubric to make sure that teachers are getting the very best online content.
INFOhio has integrated the Dimensions of Inquiry into Educator Tools and continues to align INFOhio-developed and -curated materials to those Dimensions of Inquiry. In this way, the legacy of IMatrix continues with INFOhio's Educator Tools.
For more information about the history of IMatrix and its purpose, see INFOhio IMatrix: A Tool to Enhance Deep, Rigorous Learning!
For more on the Dimensions of Inquiry, see these Teach With INFOhio blog posts: