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Keep Calm and Carry On with INFOhio!

With the wake of COVID-19 and school closings, there has been a deluge of free apps and resources for remote learning. So much so, that you may feel like you are drowning in a sea of resources wondering which are the “best” to use. 

Well, I have good news for you! INFOhio has you covered!

Through INFOhio, every PreK-12 teacher, student, and parent in the state has free access to 27 digital research databases that contain the kinds of journal articles, primary sources, videos, images and diagrams, and ebooks, needed for school. read more

INFOhio Bookflix – A GREAT Resource for Young Students!

At this current time of COVID-19, we are all getting inundated with many emails and resources. I wanted to highlight one resource that should not be missed, and can easily be used during this remote learning time. 

Bookflix is one of INFOhio’s many resources for teachers, students, and parents of Ohio. This resource focuses on reading and ELA activities. Teachers and students are able to find books to read along with and complete activities that match them. 

When you visit the INFOhio homepage, you can find Bookflix under the Ages 3-5 button and also the Grades K-5 button.  Once in Bookflix, you can pick a category, search by title, or even change it to Spanish. read more

Workbench is not just for lesson plans!

As a Google Certified Trainer we are required each year to complete a recertification process and this year it included creating an account on a new service called Workbench. It turns out that in late 2019, Google purchased Workbench as a new tool ideally suited for educators to “discover great lessons and rework them to use in their classrooms.”

Put simply, Workbench is a platform that offers a simple way of sharing lessons with your students. Lessons can be shared via Google Classroom and are tracked in Workbook via the workbook feature.  read more

Frame It: Creating a Video Frame in FlipGrid

For all of you who’ve caught the FlipGrid fever, you and your students will LOVE creating frames for your videos. The frames can make the video more pleasant and fun to watch. When working with students, I will ask them to create a frame to match their discussion topic or perhaps create a scene from a book BEFORE recording their video.

For example,

To create a FlipGrid frame, follow the below steps:

  • When the video screen appears, BEFORE clicking on record, create your frame using Stickers


  • The Stickers screen will appear. There are five categories of stickers in the lower part of the screen. Click on the category to change the sticker view


  • To move the sticker, place the mouse pointer inside the sticker. When arrow changes to four arrows, click and drag the sticker


  • To rotate the sticker, click and rotate the circle with the arrow.


  • To resize the sticker, click on it. Then, click and drag a circle to the desired size.


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    FORGET THE MOVIE! Need something ENGAGING to do with your students before winter break? ❄️ ⛄

    Teachers… you’ve almost made it. For most of you, this is the last week before the holiday break. Usually, this week is filled with holiday parties, concerts, watching movies, and more. It’s often hard to keep kids focused on academics this week. 

    Instead of watching the same old movie with your class, how about doing a digital BreakoutEdu?

    While BreakoutEdu offers a paid platform, they do have some free breakout challenges that don’t require a subscription. As part of this, there are some great holiday breakouts for all age groups. read more

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