|#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 some of the features in World Book Student. As you watch think about how you will help your students use the many digital tools in World Book Student. You may want to watch other videos in the series including short videos on the Biography Center, Research Tools and Webquests.
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/document-library/item/world-book-student?passthru=Y
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." 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.
Career Exploration and Investigation
- 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.
- Looking for career resources to share with students? The Ohio Public Television stations created a series of video modules for Career Connections. With over 100 short videos, the series includes in-demand jobs and careers in Ohio. Educator materials for use in the classroom are available for the series. Check out the series on Career Connections on the BEMC’s YouTube page, or find them in INFOhio's Digital Video Collection.
- 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 Learning.
- 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.
Job Skills and Assessments
- Do you need ideas on the 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 College and Career Readiness Tools for Middle and High School Students. You will need to create a free account and password to use the site.
- Do you have students studying for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) assessments? Check out the ChiltonLibrary from INFOhio.
- Do your students need preparation for interviewing? Check out these articles for tips on interviews.
- Do you want to help your students learn more about in-demand jobs? In-demand jobs pay a sustainable wage and offer a promising future. Check out the Ohio Department of Education In-Demand Jobs Week Classroom Activities.
- 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.
College Credit Plus and Research
- 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.