|#1||Explore- Career and Technical Education (6-12)|
INFOhio offers resources for middle school, high school and College Credit Plus students to learn about and research careers and occupations available today and those predicted to be available in the future. These resources are gathered into the subject collection, Career & Technical Education.
Explore one or more of these resources. As you begin your exploration, think of an instructional unit you can tweak to create a career perspective in the unit.
To access all of the Career & Technical Education databases:
- Go to www.infohio.org.
- Click any grade level button.
- Click Browse
- Click Resources by Subject
- Select Career & Technical Education.
Note the button to the right of the resource listing. This button houses help documentation for each resource. When exploring, you may be asked to enter your INFOhio username and password.
Introduce students to many types of information related to careers. Not sure which database to choose? All are searchable using ISearch. Learn about ISearch in the Learn to Search & Research Effectively module.
Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center (Grades 6-12)
Full text magazines, reference books, recipes, hobby profiles, and videos with “how-to” instructions and creative ideas covering a variety of hobbies including arts and crafts, collecting, gardening, indoor and outdoor recreation, kids' crafts, needlecrafts, papercrafts, model building, performing arts, and science and technology.
Home Improvement Reference Center (Grades 9 -12)
Full text magazines and trade publications, reference books, images, and videos with “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects including maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, decorating, gardening, plumbing, and more.
Health Information Collection (Grades 7-12)
Articles from journals, magazines, pamphlets, and reference books covering all areas of health and wellness for consumers and medical professionals. Searches these EBSCO databases AHFS Consumer Medication Information, Alt HealthWatch, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source: Consumer Edition, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, MEDLINE, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, and Science Reference Center.
Chilton Library (Grades 9-12)
Collection of manuals on automotive service and repair that includes step-by-step service and repair procedures, maintenance and specification tables, troubleshooting guides, images and videos, and ASE test prep.
Vocational and Career Collection (Grades 7-12)
Are you preparing students for technical careers? Vocational and Career Collection provides full-text for over 330 trade and industry-related periodicals.Use these resources to prepare your students with the deep reading skills needed for technical career success.
Add Career & Technical Education as a direct link on your library or class web page with this url: https://www.infohio.org/students/er/item/ebscohost-multidb-search.
|#2||Explore - World Book Student Demonstration (Grades 5-10)|
World Book Student (Grades 5-10) online encyclopedia includes eBooks, videos, activities, primary sources, read-aloud, and translation features. Lexile reading levels included.
Watch this short video introducing World Book Student. As you watch think about how you will help your students use the many digital tools in World Book Student.
Next demonstrate a search in World Book Student:
Add a direct link to World Book Student on your library or class web page with this url: https://www.infohio.org/resources/item/world-book-student.
Additional help tools and resources for World Book Student are available at this url: https://www.infohio.org/resources/item/world-book-student.
|#3||Explore - World Book Kids Demonstration (Grades K-5)|
Here is a sample search activity to use with your students in grades K-5. Have your students search for career related information in World Book Kids.
First introduce World Book Kids with this short video on using Search and Explore.
Next demonstrate Explore in World Book Kids:
How will you help your students explore career opportunities using INFOhio resources?
Add World Book Kids to your library or classroom webpage with this url: https://www.infohio.org/resources/item/world-book-kids.
Additional help tools and resources are available at this url: https://www.infohio.org/resources/item/world-book-kids.
|#4||Explore - Early Learning Portal (PreK)|
The Early Learning Portal contains more than 50 websites and apps to help little learners prepare for school and their futures. The Early Learning Portal is for parents and educators of children ages three through five.
The INFOhio Early Learning Portal helps preschool children:
Explore Early Learning Portal:
- Review the Teach With INFOhio blog post, "The Early Bird Gets to Learn with the INFOhio Early Learning Portal," and the Ohio Department of Education ExtraCredit blog post, "Small Steps to Big Learning...Using the INFOhio Early Learning Portal with Early Learners," to develop your understanding of the Early Learning Portal's purpose.
- Explore the Early Learning Portal:
- Go to https://www.infohio.org
- Click on the Ages 3-5 button.
- Explore the resources and note the social emotional resources. These resources align with the soft-skills needed for success in school and work.
- Explore the INFOhio Early Learning Portal Training Package.
- Note the Parent Handout
- Think about ways you will use the Early Learning Portal information with your students and how you will help parents learn ways to use these resources with their children.
Add the Early Learning Portal to your library or class website with this url: https://www.infohio.org/resources/item/early-learning-portal.
Additional help tools and resources are available at this url: https://www.infohio.org/resources/item/early-learning-portal.
|#5||Extend the Learning|
Think about how you will help your students explore and learn about careers available today and predicted to be needed in the future. Talk with your colleagues and share ways you are helping students to develop the soft skills needed to be successful as life-long learners, employees and employers.
Here are some additional resources that support career investigation and soft-skill building in the K-12 classroom. Explore these tools and resources to gain some ideas for implementing career investigation and soft-skill building in your classroom.
- Do you need a lesson to get started with career investigation? Check out these lessons and activities from Career Connections and Educator Tools.
- In Career Connections, use the drop down menus to select the subject and grade level.
- In Educator Tools, search for career, then use the Grade Level and/or Item Type to narrow your search to lessons and activities for a particular grade level.
- Do your students need to learn Computational thinking? Check out Explora for Educators Computational Thinking.
- Do your students need to learn soft-skills needed in the workforce? Check out Explora for Educators Social and Emotional.
- Do you have students who are the first generation to seek education beyond high school? Do you need some tools to help these students gain the skills and confidence to try college? Read how Zanesville schools found success in Teaching Research with INFOhio's Research for Success.
- Do you need ideas on skills needed for future jobs? Check out the Next Generation Learning Report.
- Do your students need practice for high-end assessments? Check out the OhioMeansJobs Assessment and Training Center
- Do you have students studying for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) assessments? Check out the Chilton Library from INFOhio.
- Do your students need preparation for interviewing? Check out the OhioMeansJobs Big Interview Curriculum.
- Looking for college-and-career resources? Check out INFOhio's Pinterst Board.
- Looking for more information on Ohio's plan for workforce development?
- Consult the Ohio Department of Education Strategic Plan. Look at Strategy 10: Transform the high school experience so that students graduate with college credit, career-technical training, an industry-recognized credential or certificate, or military training.
- Review Ohio's 2025 Attainment Goal. Note the research skills needed PreK-12 to transition to college, career or military upon high school graduation.
- Looking for information on College Credit Plus? Check out these INFOhio Teach/Learn Blog posts.
- Need help with preparing students for research? Dig into the Learn to Search and Research Effectively module in Success in Six.
- Need ideas on introducing children to career research? Consult these INFOhio Instructional Bags.