INFOhio Back to School Bags

Check out INFOhio's new standards-based "Back to School Bags." Four new Back to School Bags supporting early literacy as well as science, math, and social studies standards are now available through INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education. Each Back to School Bag focuses on a specific theme:

  • Kindergarten-Firemen and Fire Safety
  • Grade 1-Autumn and Johnny Appleseed
  • Grade 2-Habitats
  • Grade 3-Geography

Each "Bag" contains:

  • A unit lesson plan using INFOhio's online resources clearly linked to Ohio's New Learning Standards.
  • Ideas for differentiation and for improving students' tech skills for online testing.
  • Ideas for assessments along with ready-made rubrics and graphic organizers.
  • Suggested activities and picture books for further reading and study.

Find them all at


TRAILS (Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) is an online tool for measuring your students’ understanding of information literacy. Last year TRAILS registered over 3,000 new users, and nearly 365,000 students took the assessments. TRAILS offers standards-based assessments at the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade levels. It continues to be available to school librarians and teachers at no charge. A free TRAILS account can be created at TRAILS features include:

  • Freely available on the Web at:
  • Aligned to Common Core State Standards
  • Knowledge assessment of five categories comprising information literacy skills
  • Downloadable results at both class and student levels
  • Self-administered by the librarian
  • Assurance of student privacy

Tech Tools for Online Testing

INFOhio created Tech Skills for Online Testing PearlTree which includes 16 technology skills that students in elementary, middle and high school need to be proficient in before taking the online assessments. The purpose of this Pearltree is to create a place where teachers, librarians, administrators, parents and students can visit to obtain information on the tech skills for online assessments as well as places to practice and learn the tech skills, as well as ideas of how to integrate these skills into everyday classroom lessons. Other information included on the PearlTree are the technical requirements encouraged and various sample assessments, which come from the Ohio Department of Education, PARCC and AIR. The PearlTree is located at An INFOhio flyer on the tool can be found online at The title of the flyer is “Flyer - Tech Skills for Online Testing.”

INFOhio will be holding a webinar on October 16 at 2:30 to demonstrate and answer questions on the Tech Skills for Online Testing PearlTree.


User Trainings and Meetings

Workshop and training dates have been posted on our website at . For the month of October 2014 the following will be held here at the NEOnet offices.

10/16 Advanced Reports 8:30am - 3:30pm
10/30 Advanced Cataloging 8:30am - 3:30pm

The first Media Services Advisory Committee was held on Thursday September 18th. The presentation, notes from the meeting and copies of the handouts can be found on the NEOnet website at The meeting dates for the rest of the year are:

Wednesday November 12, 2014
Tuesday February 17, 2015
Wednesday April 29, 2015



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