Library Services Update

INFOhio's Research 4 Success (R4S) is revised and updated, just in time for second semester projects. These changes will keep R4S fresh and appropriate for all College Credit Plus students as well as high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen.

R4S can be the foundation for the Project Based Learning, or Research, or Information Literacy portion of the standards requirements within any discipline. R4S is a set of online learning modules designed to be used in a blended learning environment and integrated into a research project

R4S students build skills beginning with learning, then practice, and finally application. The six modules may be used together or individually. Revisions include:

  •  Each of the six R4S modules has been streamlined to three sections:
    • Learn includes an introduction, learning objectives, and learning content (videos, articles, games).
    • Practice includes learning activities based on the objectives and content.
    • Master includes application of learned content to a research project or problem and a brief self-assessment.
  • The Flash-based Vokis and videos were removed.
  • The Teacher Guide was moved from LiveBinders to a Google Docs HyperDoc environment.
  • The Teacher Guide now includes Google integration tips, ideas for teacher and librarian collaboration, and suggestions for related web tools.

Find a link to Research 4 Success in the quicklinks menu at the bottom of most INFOhio web pages. You can share R4S and other INFOhio resources that support research instruction with your colleagues by sending them a link to the Research Matters flyer.

Looking for the Legacy R4S? Click the Legacy R4S button for access. The Legacy R4S will remain accessible until the end of June 2019.

If you have questions about R4S, contact INFOhio at



BookFlix is getting a fresh, NEW design and will no longer require Flash


BookFlix 2.0 will continue to provide all the features and benefits that learners love in the original BookFlix, PLUS the following:

  • Optimized desktop, tablet and mobile experience requiring no Flash
  • Reimagined, user friendly design with a modern look and feel
  • New “Search” feature for educators to effortlessly filter and find titles
  • New prominent Spanish toggle to easily switch to Spanish titles
  • New Teacher Center to easily locate all available program resources
  • New motivational elements to increase student engagement
  • New illustrator biographies to complement “Meet the Author”

Why no more Flash?

Adobe has announced that it will discontinue its Flash Media Player by 2020. Before that date, each browser will be making it more restrictive to use Flash.

What will happen between now and the update?

You may begin to notice that browsers are asking you to allow Flash. When launching BookFlix, click “Yes to these notices and you will be able to continue as normal. Once Flash is removed for Back to School 2018, you will no longer receive these notices.

What about other Scholastic digital products?

Scholastic expects to have all Flash components removed from all of its digital products by Back to School 2018.


Technology Integration Services Update

It’s January and we are getting into the grove of the second half of the year. If you are looking for some ways to get your students motivated on their Chromebooks, and you have not jumped on the Google Classroom train yet, this is the tool for you. Google Drive has recently made some changes that you might have noticed. There is a new button below your ‘My Drive’ and it is Team Drives. This essentially is a shared Google Drive folder location that you can add “members” to and share anything with them. If you are a big fan of Google Classroom but dislike the organization or if you have not used it yet, this tool can be an interesting idea.

Team Drives allows you to share documents and files within the Team Drive location with the members or the Team Drive. Do not worry; you can assign access permissions as you would in Google Drive or Classroom. In theory, the Team Drive works as a shared space, even if people come and go, the files will all remain in the Team Drive. It does not matter who creates the files, they belong to the “Team”. I have seen teachers use the Team Drive as a more organized style of a Google Classroom where students have ‘View’ access to the files and are simply taught to Make Copies and stay organized. You are lacking simple things like Due Dates and Grading, but that is not the point of Team Drives. Team Drives is the new way of sharing Files.

This tool would be great for a collaboration of teachers working together to create some files, a small group of students who need a place to store files without worrying who is logged into what Chromebook, or an entire class who just needs a place to store commonly used files. Team Drives is a new take on the old idea of just sharing files. Give it a try and see how you like it!

Librarian's Update