Parents

To learn more about INFOhio resources that you can use to help your learner, look through the frequently asked questions below.  If you are a teacher looking for materials to share with parents, explore the Parent Help Resources in INFOhio's Document Library.

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What is INFOhio?

INFOhio is Ohio's PreK-12 digital library. We purchase high-quality, digital learning content for Ohio's PreK-12 schools. We build web tools like GO! Ask, Act, Achieve and Research 4 Success that help students and teachers use the content we purchase. We also provide support for the integrated library system used in most Ohio schools. Then we provide training, support, and professional development for the educators who use any of our tools or resources.

To explore the digital learning content, visit the INFOhio homepage and click the button for the grade your child is in.

To explore the resources available in your child's school library, scroll to the bottom of this page, click Find Your Library, and enter your child's school.

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Who can use INFOhio?

All Ohio PreK-12 students, their parents, and educators may use INFOhio.

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Does my child need a username and password to use INFOhio?

Our license agreements require us to make sure that only Ohio's PreK-12 students, their parents, and educators can use the digital learning content.

We use IP recognition, cookies, and geoauthentication to make it easy for you to use our resources. If our system can automatically recognize that you should have access, you probably don't need to log in with a username and password.

If our system can't automatically recognize that you should have access, you can log in with your INFOhio username and password. You can find the INFOhio username and password for your child's school by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking Get Password.

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Can I use INFOhio digital content if I homeschool my child?

All Ohio PreK-12 students, including those participating in homeschooling, may use INFOhio digital resources. If your child is not an Ohio PreK-12 student in a public, private, charter, or home school, please visit your state's department of education to learn more about the resources available to you.

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How does INFOhio choose and purchase digital content?

INFOhio's resources are chosen by educators to support Ohio's Learning Standards and are licensed with state and federal funds.

INFOhio contributes to the Libraries Connect Ohio partnership. This partnership includes INFOhio (representing school libraries), OPLIN (representing public libraries), OhioLINK (representing academic libraries), and the State Library of Ohio. Together, we are able to select and license a large collection of resources to support all Ohioans at all stages of life and learning. That's why you can find some of the same resources on the INFOhio website that you find on your public library's website or on a college library website.

INFOhio also evaluates, selects, and purchases access to resources specifically for Ohio PreK-12 students, their parents, and educators. That's why Ohio's PreK-12 students can freely use some resources on the INFOhio website that aren't freely available anywhere else.

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How can I help my child get ready for kindergarten?

Visit the Parents section of our Early Learning Portal. The Early Learning Portal has lots of apps and websites that meet Ohio's Early Learning Standards. Use them with your child to get ready for kindergarten.

Practice using World Book Early Learning and BookFlix with your child. Both include activities and games to help your child develop language, literacy, and math skills needed to be ready for kindergarten.You'll find those resources and more on our Beginning Readers page.

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How can I help my child learn to read?

Watch our Reading 'Round the Clock videos for ideas on helping your child learn basic reading skills. Read the "So You're Parenting..." flyer that matches your child's grade level. You'll find those videos and flyers on our Beginning Readers page.

Then practice using World Book Early Learning and BookFlix with your child. Both include reading activities and games to help your child develop language and reading skills.

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How can I help my child find a good book at the right reading and content level?

Explore this section of INFOhio's IWonder to find resources your child can use to find the perfect book.

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Does INFOhio have magazine or newspaper articles that my child can read?

INFOhio has Explora PreK-5, Explora 6-8, Explora 9-12, ISearch, and more. These resources have thousands of full text articles from reliable magazines and newspapers. Children of all ages can find the full text of magazine and newspaper articles that are right for their reading level with INFOhio.

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How can I help my child with math?

Explore this section of INFOhio's IWonder to find websites you can use to help your child with math.

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How can I help my child learn to use a computer to take tests?

Your child can use our Tech Skills for Online Testing to learn the tech skills needed for Ohio's online tests.

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How can I help my child with a science fair project?

If your child is in elementary school, start with World Book Kids from INFOhio. Once you are in World Book Kids, click the link at the bottom of the page for Science Projects. From that page, click How to Do a Science Project.

If your child is in middle school or high school, start with Science Online from INFOhio. Once you are in Science Online, mouse over Curriculum Tools, and then click Science Fair Guide. It includes lots of helpful tips for planning a science fair project. Then visit Science Reference Center to get more ideas for your science fair project.

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How can I help my child with a research project or project-based learning?

If your child is in grades 4-8, take a look at GO! Ask, Act, Achieve. It breaks the research process down into 3 steps and includes recommended resources.

If your child is in grades 9-12 or taking College Credit Plus classes, use Research 4 Success. It breaks the research process down into 6 manageable steps.

For more information, see:

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Does INFOhio have trustworthy resources that my child can use to get information for a school report or research project?

All INFOhio resources are chosen by education professionals to support Ohio's Learning Standards. INFOhio resources are trustworthy and reliable. INFOhio is the perfect place for any Ohio PreK-12 student to begin research for a report or project. If your child is just getting started, we recommend World Book Kids, World Book Student, World Book Advanced, or Oxford Research Encyclopedias. To explore all of the reliable resources appropriate for your child, visit the INFOhio homepage and click the button for the grade your child is in. Children of all ages can find trustworthy non-fiction texts that are right for their reading level with INFOhio.

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How can I help my child think about choosing a career?

Encourage your child to use this section of IWonder to explore interests and careers. Also explore the resources on our College & Career Readiness page.

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What do I need to know about College Credit Plus?

College-ready Ohio students in grades 7-12 can apply for College Credit Plus admission to any Ohio public or participating private college. Visit the Ohio Higher Ed University System of Ohio's College Credit Plus page and contact your school guidance counselor for more information.

Your child's public school must annually coordinate with each public and participating private college or university within a 30 mile radius to present a dedicated CCP event to students and parents. This event may include multiple high schools within a district and multiple districts as long as students and parents have the opportunity to ask specific questions and get information from their high school and from representatives from all colleges within a 30 mile radius.

Ask questions about the research resources your child can access while completing coursework, including:

  • What resources does my child have access to in his/her secondary school library to support his/her coursework in the CCP program?
  • What does my child need in order to log into electronic resources available through the college's library?
  • Will my child be able to request print materials from the college's library? If so, where will those print materials be delivered?
  • How should my child go about contacting the reference department of the college library for research assistance?
INFOhio: The Right Research Resources for All PreK-12 Students

INFOhio is Ohio's PreK-12 digital library. All of Ohio's PreK-12 students, their parents, and teachers have access to INFOhio's electronic research resources. You can view journal articles online, search authoritative databases, explore primary source documents, and download a host of eBooks.

In other words, whether your child is taking CCP classes or regular high school classes, INFOhio is a great place for your child to start his/her research.

Your child can search nearly all of INFOhio's trusted electronic resources with a single click using ISearch. To search INFOhio's electronic databases individually, visit the INFOhio Resources page. You may be prompted to log in with your school's INFOhio username and password. Need help remembering your password? Visit INFOhio's Find My Password page. Encourage your child to watch the video about ISearch below to help them decide if that's the right place to start their research.

OhioLINK Information

OhioLINK is a state-funded consortium of more than 120 Ohio university libraries and the State Library of Ohio. Students whose CCP university is an OhioLINK institution have many research resources available to them. Students affiliated with OhioLINK institutions can request materials online, view journal articles online, search authoritative databases, and make use of other OhioLINK services that enhance research and education.

Students taking coursework for college credit through the CCP program are responsible for doing their own research and managing their own research resources and associated accounts. In other words, you may not use your child's account information to log into your child's college library account or request materials for your child. CCP students must contact their college library for assistance themselves. OhioLINK and the college library cannot provide information about accounts to anyone other than the account holder, your CCP student. Please help your child learn the college-readiness skill of using and managing research resources independently and responsibly.

For more information on using OhioLINK, including requesting and borrowing print materials, visit the OhioLINK FAQ.

eTutoring from eStudent Services

Encourage your child to take advantage of online tutoring from eStudent Services for College Credit Plus coursework. There is no cost to you to use eTutoring services. Find the universities offering those services here: https://www.ohiolink.edu/content/etutoring_participation.

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Where can I find learning activities my child can use in the summer?

Visit our Summer Learning page. You'll find our Beach Bags, our virtual Camp INFOhio, and other recommended summer learning resources.

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Does INFOhio recommend any other resources for parents?

INFOhio uses Pinterest. Start by visiting our Parent Resources board. Find all of our Pinterest boards here.

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Where can I find more information for parents about education in Ohio?

For more information about education in Ohio, explore the Ohio Department of Education's Parents page.

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