Develop Your Research Toolkit  

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#1 Read - Hard Thinking about Soft Skills Read - Hard Thinking about Soft Skills

INFOhio can help your students build the soft skills needed for success.


Read "Hard Thinking about Soft Skills" from ASCD.  (Provide your INFOhio username and password, if asked).

#2 Watch - Build Soft Skills with Research and Reports Watch - Build Soft Skills with Research and Reports

Your students build thinking and learning dispositions when completing a report or research project either independently or with a group.

What is the difference between a report and a research project?

  • The purpose of a report is to inform.  For students, this is usually a short-term project that asks students to report what they find. Students writing a report simply “stick to the facts”. For example, a fifth-grade student might consult Biography Reference Bank and an encyclopedia like World Book Student to report about Benjamin Franklin’s life.
  • A research project requires students to develop their own questions to answer. A researcher develops a question to investigate and consults resources, evaluates those sources for usefulness and bias, and applies them to their research question. A research project on Benjamin Franklin, for instance, may ask " Did Franklin the inventor do more for the development of the United States than Franklin the statesman?" He would then need to consult contemporary sources and histories of Franklin to provide evidence as the question is answered.

Researching incorporates critical thinking skills and results in a new perspective on the topic.  INFOhio provides many digital information resources to assist students in both report writing and research projects.

Here is a video to use with students to help them understand the difference between a report and a research project.

#3 Explore - Resources to Support your Teaching Explore - Resources to Support your Teaching



Use INFOhio’s IMatrix to find resources and tools to integrate research and inquiry into instruction.

Review this "Sample IMatrix Search" to learn the steps to investigating IMatrix.

Then get acquainted with IMatrix.

  1. Investigate each step of the research process in the IMatrix Dimensions of Inquiry. (Click on the pictures for information.)
  2. Explore IMatrix to find instructional strategies and assessment tools to help your students build thinking dispositions and research skills.