Encourage your students to take INFOhio's Beach BINGO Challenge. The Beach BINGO Challenge includes fun learning activities from INFOhio that allow students to earn a digital badge and a certificate. Learn more from the INFOhio news article "Summer Fun with INFOhio's Beach BINGO!" Encourage parents to read the article "Where can I find learning activities my child can use from home?" on INFOhio's parent page. Find additional resources on INFOhio's Summer Learning page.
COSI is distributing thousands of COSI Connects Kits at schools, museums, and more throughout the spring and summer. COSI Connects Kits include STEM activities and science experiments for kids to do at home. For more information about how your school can provide COSI Connects Kits to your students, contact COSI at 614.228.COSI.
INFOhio and COSI have teamed up to provide Ohio students with a STEM Beach BINGO Challenge. Students can complete the activities using free digital resources from INFOhio and COSI to earn a digital badge and certificate. Students and families can also show what they know and tag @INFOhio and @COSI on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #INFOhioWorks and share their badge and certificate.
With support provided by the State Library of Ohio, most Ohio public libraries offer a summer library program for children, teens, and adults. Children and teens who participate in summer library programs benefit from engaging activities and opportunities which promote literacy development and can help to counter summer slide. Summer library programs for all ages enhance lifelong learning and provide meaningful, enjoyable experiences available to everyone in the community.
Ask your school librarian to invite a librarian from a nearby public library to your class to talk to your students about their summer library program. Not sure where your closest public library is? Visit OPLIN’s Find a Library page to find a public library in your area. Help your students get their own public library cards that they can use when visiting the library with a parent or caregiver.
Many Ohio school libraries have eBook collections that students can use throughout the summer. Ask your school librarian to demonstrate how students can access library resources throughout the summer.
Through RemotEDx, the Ohio Department of Education and schoolhouse.world are partnering to bring free, reputable tutoring services to Ohio's students. schoolhouse.world is a free, peer-to-peer tutoring platform on which anyone, anywhere can receive live help, earn shareable certifications in the topics they learn about, and have the option to become a tutor in the topics they master.
Students must be at least 13 years old to tutor or receive tutoring through schoolhouse.world. A student must create an individual user account to register for a schoolhouse.world tutoring session.
Adults who have earned schoolhouse.world tutoring certification are welcome to volunteer as tutors.
Multiple Ohio agencies are working together to ensure all Ohio educators and students engaged in remote teaching and learning can get and stay connected to the internet. If you or your students need help, contact the RemotEDx Connectivity Champions. The Connectivity Champions can help you work with your school and other support agencies to secure internet access for remote teaching and learning.
Connectivity Champions Phone: 1-844-K12-OHIO (844-512-6446)
Connectivity Champions Online Help: https://www.ohio-k12.help/remotedx/connectivity-champions
Visit the Ohio Department of Education's Reset and Restart Resource Guide for Families and Caregivers and share the tips, resources, and other helpful information specifically for parents and caregivers. Here are a few additional tips:
RemotEDx is a state-level initiative that brings together a unique mix of remote, hybrid, and blended learning partners from across the state to help schools and districts enhance, expand, and more effectively scale high-quality remote, hybrid and blended education models. RemotEDx places a premium on equity and seeks to support Ohio’s most underserved students. Among its aims, RemotEDx strives to transform remote caring, teaching, and learning opportunities in ways that ensure whole child wellness and success in a remote education setting.
To learn more, see the About RemotEDx page.
All Ohio PreK-12 students, their parents, and educators may use the resources and services available through RemotEDx.
The RemotEDx Exchange is the platform that provides easy access to all the supports and services available through RemotEDx. Key service providers include:
Contents of this platform are reviewed by the RemotEDx Coordinating Council.
For more information and support on teaching remotely, visit the Professional Learning section of this site. There you'll find a host of professional learning opportunities and offerings for building your remote teaching knowledge and improving your remote teaching practice.
For targeted, in-depth professional learning support, contact the Support Squad Concierge Team. The RemotEDx Support Squad and its Concierge Team, directed by Ohio’s Educational Service Centers (ESCs), provide schools and districts with high-quality professional learning opportunities specific to remote, hybrid, and blended learning and education.
Visit the Teach With INFOhio blog to learn quick tips for effectively integrating high-quality digital content into remote instruction. See best practices in action when you watch the Monday Mini Lessons.
To read full-text scholarly articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, and conference papers for educators, explore the contents of INFOhio's collection of professional databases. Learn more about the kinds of journals you can find in the educator databases by viewing INFOhio's 15 for Educators flyer. You can explore a sample of recent full text articles on remote learning here.
The Support Squad representatives work directly with the Educational Service Centers (ESCs) and district administrators to investigate potential solutions to personalized remote, blended, and hybrid learning needs. Ohio educators should work with their building and district administrators to define the scope of a teacher-identified staff or student need. District administrators should work with their ESCs or contact the Support Squad Concierge Team for additional support in their personalized remote, blended, and hybrid learning needs.
Resources and services available through the RemotEDx Exchange meet a set of quality criteria and are available to schools and districts at little to no cost. The Concierge Team and Support Squad members use a co-designed high-quality professional learning checklist to identify high-quality professional learning and supports for remote, hybrid, and blended learning. They also leverage success stories and resources across the state to identify viable solutions.
The Exchange uses a co-designed rubric to identify high-quality instructional materials for remote, hybrid, and blended learning. Experienced content reviewers evaluate resources against the rubric to determine whether it meets requirements for inclusion on the Exchange. Whenever possible, reviews of resources are published publicly to help schools determine which resources and services will best meet their local needs.
For more information about remote learning in Ohio, explore the Ohio Department of Education's Reset and Restart site. You'll find the Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts along with a host of resources to support various approaches to teaching and learning during the pandemic. For the original resource recommendations provided during the spring 2020 school closure, visit Ohio's Remote Learning Resources and download the Remote Learning Resource Guide.
Additional resources and support materials are available from the Management Council's Public Resources to Support Remote Learning page.
Find answers to frequently asked questions in the Remote Learning with INFOhio FAQ.
The PAST Foundation has been selected by RemotEdx and the Ohio Department of Education to hear from teachers, parents, and students about their experience with education during this challenging time. PAST is conducting a series of virtual Listening Sessions and surveys in community gathering places. Sharing your voice will help inform the development of resources and strategies to support student learning across the state of Ohio. Parents, students, and educators can learn more and sign up here: https://www.pastfoundation.org/ohio-listening-tour.