Media Services Update:

Staff Learning Opportunities 2018-19 from NEOnet and INFOhio  

Forwarding on behalf of Theresa Fredericka, INFOhio Director.

As the 2018-19 school year is beginning, I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the support you have shown for school libraries and INFOhio, Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library.  As a result, INFOhio is able to continue supporting the good work of librarians and educators in your district.  Please consider sending one or more building representatives to the NEOnet Library User Meeting and trainings this school year.  Attendees will learn about exciting updates to the INFOhio digital content and tools as well as network with others across the state to learn how these resources are integrated into classroom instruction to help students learn.

Here are a few highlights of the new tools and content available to your students and teachers through INFOhio.

  • Educator Tools has expanded to include more than 45,000 peer-reviewed lessons and learning items.
  • Storia, online books, has expanded to include all students in grades 4 & 5.
  • ISearch reconfiguration and additional content leads your students to just the right resource.

Attending the User Meetings and trainings throughout the year will keep librarians and educators in your building and district informed on best education practices and use of INFOhio tools and resources.  NEOnet will share with you the dates of the User Meetings and any future trainings.  I encourage you to have representation at these important learning opportunities throughout the school year. Let us help you meet your digital learning goals. Here’s to a great new year ahead!

Sincerely,

Theresa Fredericka

 

Technology Integration Update

The NEOnet Technology Integration Team added a new member this month when Dan Niessen joined the team to help deliver professional development and trainings. Dan was a High School Social Studies Teacher with a few different schools in the Cleveland area. He is also working on his Master’s Degree in Educational Technology at Cleveland State University. Dan is ready to help bring technology into teachers’ classrooms in effective and meaningful ways.

A new school is just getting underway, and in the chaos of starting up, it is easy to get overwhelmed and forget about using technology in the classroom effectively. Educational Technology is a crowded, sprawling landscape with too many possibilities to count. Teachers too often use up precious hours searching for the right piece of technology that will take their lessons to the next level. They may also use outdated or inefficient methods for grading, keeping track of attendance, or contacting parents, which ends up taking more time in class or during a prep period. It is very easy to get lost in the open waters of the internet while looking around for the perfect Ed-Tech tool or technique. Luckily, there are directories that will help teachers see all the products that are out there!  Each of these directories linked below have search functions, split the products into categories, or offer best-of lists.

EdSurge

DiRT

Kathy Schrock

Educators’ Technology

 Common Sense Education

August
2018
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