Welcome Back with a New Educator Tools Page!

 

We hope you had a memorable summer break and are as excited as we are for the new school year!

 

While you were away, INFOhio was busy implementing enhancements to many tools and resources. Perhaps the largest change is to Educator Tools, which now combines the contents of the former INFOhio Toolkit and INFOhio Curriculum Toolbox into one user-friendly interface. As always, the resources here support Ohio's Learning Standards and align inquiry skills with current educational trends and practices. You can search or browse by subject, grade level, or instructional trend to find articles, videos, digital resources, lesson plans, flyers, tip sheets, and more to help students master skills.

 

You can search by keywords or click on a subject heading.  The left hand side of the page has limiters for Grade Level, Subject, Instructional Trends, Dimensions of Inquiry and more.  Choosing a limiter automatically updates the results, which means you spend less time sifting through results. 

 

Want to know more about the enhancements that kept INFOhio busy this summer? Download the enhancement document or take a look at the enhancement presentation for a closer look.

 

Upcoming Storia Webinars

You may have heard of Bookflix, INFOhio’s free ebook service for PreK-3rd grade, but have you looked at Storia? Storia (www.storiaschool.com) provides 160 ebooks and online reading tools for 4th grade students. Over the summer, Scholastic made changes to the log in procedure and how teachers must add classes and students. Join one of four upcoming webinars to learn more about how to set up and implement Storia in your classroom.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

 

INFOhio - Scholastic Storia Getting Started Training

3:30 pm EST

Meeting number: 620 685 214

Meeting password: Clifford

When it's time, join the meeting

Join by phone:

Toll Free Dial-In number: 866-422-5206  

Participant code: 1473159607

 

Technology Integration

Technology Integration is somewhat of a broad term these days for the teachers who teach the leaders of tomorrow, our students. It can be difficult to see the true meaning of what it means to be a technology integration teacher. In the simplest of terms, technology integration is simply the use of technology in daily instruction to improve student learning. Therefore, for every content area, every teacher, and every student, it is going to look a little different for each. First off, the technology you offer in your lesson is only as good as the lesson itself. When a teacher is planning a lesson, he or she needs to evaluate their class to see if the technology that is being suggested for the lesson will truly benefit that certain group of students.

Technology Integration Specialist always try to teach the newest technologies that can be used in your classroom. We try to keep up on trends in the educational space that will enlighten and in better your students learning. There are ten things that I have personally seen stand out as the go to technology integration methods and strategies to look at. Please see the list below to see what is currently trending in the educational technology landscape.

  1. Instructional Multimedia – Video is exciting to our students and introducing it in our lessons will make it much more beneficial. Our students already watch a ton of TV and digital content. We can leverage this interest to help them produce a positive relationship with multimedia consumption in general and offer them the best way to learn.

  2. Digital Portfolio’s – These digital folders are the best way to help our students keep track of what they have been learning at school. It also always students to take their classwork with them, even after they graduate. The digital portfolio also encourages our students to share what they have done.

  3. Gamification – Students love games, either digital or physical. Let us leverage this love of games for the better and turn our classrooms into games that they will enjoy coming to and playing. Award badges, points, and prizes for accomplishing tasks and being great students. Classcraft is a online classroom management game worth looking it.

  4. SAMR – This stands for substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition or lessons using technology. The lower level, substitution, simply means replacing a aspect of your lesson with a technology tool. The highest level, redefinition, requires a complete transformation of the original lesson using technology tools.

  5. Professional Development & Support – Making sure your staff feels valued and respected is crucial when you want them to start adding more technology into their lessons. Offer them support with professional development from your teachers or ITC. Here at NEOnet, we offer hundreds of professional development opportunities a year.

  6. Feedback – Giving students’ feedback is crucial in keeping them interested in a lesson after they have finished it. Try using Google Forms and Docs to provide them with instant feedback upon completion and you will see students interest rise.

  7. Collaboration – With Google Apps, collaboration is the easiest it has ever been. Try letting your students work with another class on a project in Google Docs. They can share the Doc with the other group and work at the same time, on the same document, in two different locations.

  8. Makerspaces – Makerspaces are dedicated rooms in our schools that allow students to be makers or creators. Many of these spaces have technology tools used to create and manufacture devices and inventions that the students are challenged with creating.

  9. Curiosity – Students are naturally curious and we need to foster this curiosity in the classroom. Using various websites, we can give them a safe space to explore. Google Earth is a great place to start exploring the world and give your students an outlet to see the world outside of their community.

  10. Citizenship – When we talk about students explore the internet in hopes of learning we are always charged with the reality of them being safe online. Digital citizenship is essential when we allow our students to go online and make choices for themselves. Look into Google’s “Be Internet Awesome” curriculum to see how you can integration technology education with digital citizenship.

September
2017
Librarian's Update