|#1||Read- Inquiry, Search and Research|
INFOhio provides tools and resources to assist teachers and students in developing skills for inquiry, project-based learning and problem-based learning.
Read this blog post "Inquiry and INFOhio" for information about INFOhio's inquiry approach.
Next, select the INFOhio inquiry tool(s) that match your grade and interest.
|#2||Explore- Kids InfoBits (Grades K-5)|
Kids InfoBits includes text, images, charts and graphs, and educational videos from books, magazines, and news periodicals on interesting and important facts with connections to current and past events.
Watch this introduction to using documents in Kids InfoBits.
Explore Kids InfoBits:
Use Kids InfoBits to introduce students to factual content at just the right reading level. Help them to develop searching and using factual information, a critical step in the research process.
Add Kids InfoBits to your class or library web page with this url https://www.infohio.org/resources/item/kids-infobits.
Here is the path to find Kids InfoBits:
- Go to: www.infohio.org
- Select the K-5 grade band.
- Select Kids InfoBits.
|#3||Explore- IWonder and Genius Hour (Grades 4-9)|
IWonder is INFOhio’s home for educational and engaging websites for students to explore!
Watch this introduction to IWonder.
Use the IWonder Genius Hour to open the curiosity door for your students while they are learning critical steps in the research process.
Add IWonder to your class or library web page with this url http://iwonder.infohio.org.
Here is the path to find IWonder:
- Go to: www.infohio.org
- Select a grade band.
- Select IWonder.
|#4||Explore - Go: Ask, Act, Achieve - Research Tool (Grades 4-9)|
GO: Ask, Act, Achieve provides research tools for students in grades 4-10.
Explore GO: Ask, Act, Achieve
- Start with www.infohio.org and select the grades 6-8 or grades 9-12 button.
- Select GO: Ask, Act, Achieve from the resource list on the far right side of the page.
- Explore Go: Ask, Act, Achieve. In each section:
- Review the questions.
- Click on each question and review the resources and tools.
- Review the teacher guide.
- Click on "Ask: How do I begin my research?"
- Click on "Question Generator Form" word or PDF word and review the technique to help students generate questions.
- Review additional teacher materials and note items you could use with your students.
- Google Apps with Go: If you are a Google school, be sure to review the tab "Using Google Apps with Go".
|#5||Explore- Points of View & Battle Fake News (Grades 6-12)|
Points of View Reference Center provides multiple perspectives on current issues presented in overview essays and journal articles.
Watch this introduction to using Points of View Reference Center.
Explore Points of View:
Use Points of View to introduce students to factual information on multiple sides of an issue. Help them to develop the skills needed to identify real facts from fake facts.
Add Points of View to your class or library web page with this url https://www.infohio.org/resources/item/points-of-view.
Here is the path to find Points of View:
- Go to: www.infohio.org
- Select the 6-8 or 9-12 grade band.
- Select Points of View.
|#6||Explore - R4S: Research for Success (Grades 9-12 & College Credit Plus)|
INFOhio's R4S: Research4 Success is an online class for the high school and College Credit Plus student designed to be used in conjunction with a class assigned research project. R4S guides students through a research project step-by-step as they build skills necessary for college-level research.
|#7||Extend the Learning|
Think about how you will teach searching and researching to your students. Evaluate the ways you are helping students to think critically about where they are searching, what they are finding, and what they are concluding and creating. How will using ISearch and the INFOhio resources help your students become critical thinkers and problem solvers?
Extend the learning with these tools:
- Need a lesson to get started with research? Check out Point/Counterpoint Lesson Plan and Annotating Poster.
- Need a lesson to help students learn ways to use keywords and filters effectively? Try one of these:
- Need lessons to help students evaluate information? Try one of these:
- Need ideas on implementing ISearch?
- Want to link to INFOhio? Use https://www.infohio.org/.
- Want to link to ISearch, include an ISearch button or an ISearch widget (search box) on your web page? Follow the directions in the Educator Guide to ISearch: Customizing ISearch.
- Need ideas on how to manage research assignments using Google Drive? Watch the webinar by Ryan Novak "Writing and Researching with Google Drive".
- Need research presentation ideas for elementary students? Watch the webinar by Angela Maxwell "Augmented Reality: Writing Pieces that Pop".
- Do your students need help with writing a research paper and citing sources? Check out EBSCO’s Points of View Reference Shelf research guides which include research assignments, debate ideas, understanding bias in publications as well as Writing a Research Paper and Citing Sources .