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INFOhio's OER Goals

For nearly 20 years INFOhio has made high-quality, age-appropriate, standards-aligned digital content freely accessible to Ohio'sĀ PreK-12 students and educators. You can find most of INFOhio's licensed digital texts and videos for all Ohio PreK-12 students, their parents, and educators in ISearch.

INFOhio recognizes these potential benefits of Open Educational Resources: currency, diversity, accessibility, and flexibility of content. Additionally, using OER can provide districts with cost-savings benefits.

The goals of INFOhio's OER initiatives include:

  • Identifying and curating additional standards-aligned student content and educator materials.
  • Improving access to low- and no-cost high quality resources.
  • Supporting the creation and sharing of additional resources.

We believe this makesĀ learning more personal for both the student and the teacher.

Solutions to Challenges

While OER's potential benefits are many, it also presents several challenges. INFOhio has developed Educator Tools and Open Space to provide solutions to the following challenges and needs. Hover over each challenge for more information. Hover over a tool to see which challenges it addresses.

INFOhio OER Tools

Educator Tools
Search for standards-aligned, high-quality activities, lesson plans and more.
INFOhio Open Space
Create and collaborate with other Ohio educators to build and share learning resources.
ISearch
Search INFOhio resources and your school library.

Educator Tools gives Ohio PreK-12 educators easy and free access to high-quality, standards-aligned learning resources for all grades, all subjects, and all learning resource types. With more than 60,000 teacher-approved lesson plans, assessments, and more, Educator Tools is your go-to collection of best-in-class OER curriculum materials.

Future-ready Ohioans are not only information and media consumers; they are information and media creators. Open Space empowers PreK-12 educators to create resources that promote innovative and collaborative learning and to share student exemplars.

Collaboration and partnerships can improve educational experiences for Ohio students. Open Space provides Ohio's PreK-12 educators with a platform to collaborate and share learning resources with educators across the state.

Each child and every educator deserves to have access to educational resources that support all learning domains. Low- and no-cost solutions should be available to supplement or replace outdated curriculum. Educator Tools is available to all Ohio PreK-12 educators at no additional cost to Ohio's schools.

Each child and every educator should have access to educational resources that are current, accurate, trustworthy, and relevant to immediate learning and teaching needs. Educator Tools includes only high-quality learning resources, selected by education professionals using a 127-point rubric.

Ohio's educators should be able to quickly find all the learning resources they need within the hours of the workday. Educator Tools is a go-to collection of best-in-class curriculum materials that saves Ohio educators countless hours of searching multiple websites, evaluating individual resources, and organizing that content for later use.

Ohio's PreK-12 educators need easy access to learning resources that have been selected to meet Ohio's Learning Standards. Educator Tools makes it easy to search for learning resources that meet Ohio's Learning Standards.

  • Future-ready Ohioans are not only information and media consumers; they are information and media creators. Open Space empowers PreK-12 educators to create resources that promote innovative and collaborative learning and to share student exemplars.

  • Collaboration and partnerships can improve educational experiences for Ohio students. Open Space provides Ohio's PreK-12 educators with a platform to collaborate and share learning resources with educators across the state.

  • Each child and every educator deserves to have access to educational resources that support all learning domains. Low- and no-cost solutions should be available to supplement or replace outdated curriculum. Educator Tools is available to all Ohio PreK-12 educators at no additional cost to Ohio's schools.

  • Each child and every educator should have access to educational resources that are current, accurate, trustworthy, and relevant to immediate learning and teaching needs. Educator Tools includes only high-quality learning resources, selected by education professionals using a 127-point rubric.

  • Ohio's educators should be able to quickly find all the learning resources they need within the hours of the workday. Educator Tools is a go-to collection of best-in-class curriculum materials that saves Ohio educators countless hours of searching multiple websites, evaluating individual resources, and organizing that content for later use.

  • Ohio's PreK-12 educators need easy access to learning resources that have been selected to meet Ohio's Learning Standards. Educator Tools makes it easy to search for learning resources that meet Ohio's Learning Standards.

Open Space gives Ohio PreK-12 educators easy and free access to collaboration and creation tools to build and share learning resources that promote innovative and collaborative learning. High-quality Open Space content that demonstrates strong alignment to Ohio Learning Standards can be curated in Educator Tools.

With ISearch, Educator Tools, and Open Space, Ohio's PreK-12 educators have all the tools and resources they need to find, develop, and share high-quality instructional materials and digital content.

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