Find Free Content for your Blended or Flipped Classroom  

6 Activities: Click to view each activity
#1 Using the Digital Video Collection Using the Digital Video Collection

Now, search for a video on your topic in INFOhio’s DVC. If you can use embed codes in your LMS, locate the embed code for that video. Here's an example of a  DVC embed code.

You will need to copy the code and paste it into your LMS editor. (Note: You can use the link to the video, if your LMS does not use embed codes.)

Here is what the above EMBED codes should produce on your web site or in your LMS:

#2 Using INFOhio's ISearch Using INFOhio's ISearch



Search for a curricular related term in ISearch, using the search box below:     

Look at the digital content in the:

  • Basic Sources tab
  • Advanced Sources tab
  • Basic Encyclopedia tab
  • Advanced Encyclopedia tab
  • STEM tab.

Find some content you could add to your assignments. You can download the PDF of the article and add it to your class for your students to read. Note that in ISearch you have Permalink, Share, Google Classroom and Listen options to easily incorporate the content into an assignment or a challenging class discussion too.

You can also add a working search box (widget) to your class like the one above. See the directions in Activity 6 below.

ISearch screenshot


#3 Using Explora Using Explora


Choose the appropriate Explora database for your grade level and complete a search for the topic you searched for in ISearch.

Explora search results
  • Using the limiters on the left, narrow your search results down by Lexile reading level.
  • If you are using Google Classroom, click on the Google Classroom button in the Tools section at the right of your article and try to add the article to your class for your students to read.
  • If you are using another LMS, click on the Permalink. Copy the link and place it in your LMS. Students can come back to the article at any time.
  • Take a look at the research starters for your topic in Explora, if there are any. Could you use them in instruction?
  • Take a look at PDFs of articles in your search results in Explora. Do you find any PDFs of articles that could be downloaded and then added to your class for close reading on the subject?
  • Listen to the article read aloud and investigate downloading the audio file. (Note: you need to play a little bit of the audio before it will download.) To provide multiple ways to access an article, you can provide both the audio file and the digital article for your students in your blended learning environment.
#4 Using Science Online Using Science Online

Share in Science Online

Do you teach math or science or a course integrating math and science?  Search and explore the rich content in Science Online. From physics experiments to essays on science topics in the news (with added discussion questions), to a video on Snell's Law -- you will find useful, free, in-depth content you can link to or actually embed in your class. Could you use any of the interactive science experiments with your students?  Would you like to use some of the videos or diagrams for your class? Would you like to create an online textbook by embedding or adding links to the eLearning Modules? The modules even have lesson plans which are a rich source of discussion questions to post for your students.

To embed these resources, look for the Share link, as shown in this screen shot. 









#5 Using Points of View Using Points of View

POV Permalink

Would you like to challenge your students with an in-depth discussion in your online class on an issue by giving them both sides of the issue and then asking them to choose a side and then back it up with evidence from several articles they found? Points of View is your go-to resource for both sides of a controversial issue. Search for a controversial issue in Points of View. Note that all the tools for incorporating content we looked at in the Explora resource are available in Points of View. Check out the Overview, Point, Counterpoint and Guide to Critical Analysis provided in all of the issues in the Browse by Category area.

You can find the direct link to Points of View to add to your class by going to the INFOhio Toolkit, clicking on Technical Help, then finding the right link in the INFOhio Resources URL List area.

  Or you can link directly to specific articles by clicking on the Permalink button in the tools section of each article in POV. See circled areas in the image. 

If the article is in PDF form, you can download it and upload it into many learning managements systems as well.





#6 INFOhio Widgets INFOhio Widgets


Widgets One way to help your students quickly find quality information is to provide a search box for them in your online class environment.  INFOho provides widgets that allow quick access to the INFOhio tools and resources.

The word widget is a generic term referring to an interface that is a shortcut to a larger application and allows the user to interact with the program or application.  INFOhio widgets include search boxes and learning modules.  The INFOhio widgets allow the user to quickly search for quality content and provide a way for the content to be maintained without the teacher having to review and revise.

For a full list of the INFOhio widgets go to the INFOhio Toolkit and click on widgets (or Click Here).  Review the widgets and decide which widgets to use in your virtual classroom.  One easy widget to begin with is the ISearch widget.

If your learning management system doesn't allow you to embed search widgets, you can provide direct links to the resource itself.  Check out the links to INFOhio resources in the Technical Help area of the INFOhio Toolkit.