Find Free Content for your Google Classroom  

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#1 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:

  • Encyclopedias tab
  • Basic Sources tab
  • Advanced Sources tab
  • STEAM tab
  • Open Access 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.


#2 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. 

  • 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.



                         Here is the path to Explora:

  1. Go to
  2. Select the appropriate Grade Band.
  3. Choose Explora from the Resources list.
  4. Conduct a search using the information provided on the left.


#3 Using Science Reference Center Using Science Reference Center

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 Reference Center. From experiments to articles on science topics in the news, to a video on DNA -- you will find useful, free, in-depth content you can link to or actually embed in your class. Need new ideas for science experiments? Would you like to use some of the videos or diagrams for your class? Looking for lesson plans? Science Reference Center has a rich source of lesson plans, worksheets, diagrams, videos, articles and more to support your science and math curriculum.

To embed these resources, look for the Google Classroom button, as shown in this screen shot.

#4 Using Points of View Using Points of View



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 OverviewPointCounterpoint 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 Educator Tools and searching for INFOhio Resources URL.

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.




     Here is the path to Points of View

  1. Go to
  2. Select the Grades 6-8 or 9-12 button or All Resources.
  3. Select Points of View from the Resources list.



#5 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.)
#6 INFOhio Widgets INFOhio 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 Document Library – Help Docs and Guides - Widgets.

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. Consult this list for the INFOhio Resources URLs.