Parents

To learn more about INFOhio resources that you can use to help your learner, look through the frequently asked questions below.  If you are a teacher looking for materials to share with parents, explore the Parent Help Resources in INFOhio's Document Library.

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What is INFOhio?

INFOhio is Ohio's PreK-12 digital library. We purchase high-quality, digital learning content for Ohio's PreK-12 schools. We build web tools like GO! Ask, Act, Achieve and Research 4 Success that help teachers guide students in the use of the content we purchase.

We also provide support for the library services platform used in most Ohio schools and we provide training, support, and professional development for the educators who use any of our tools or resources.

To explore the digital learning content, visit the INFOhio homepage and click the grade or age button of your child.

To explore the resources available in your child's school library, scroll to the bottom of this page, click Find Your Library, and enter your child's school.

For an overview of INFOhio and select resources and tools, watch this video.

 

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Who can use INFOhio?

All Ohio PreK-12 students, their parents, and educators may use INFOhio. Adult guidance is important when children use digital content. Modeling use and monitoring content is key to helping children use digital resources safely.

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Does my child need a username and password to use INFOhio?

Our license agreements require us to make sure that only Ohio's PreK-12 students, their parents, and educators can use the digital learning content. To meet these licensing agreements, INFOhio's digital content requires Ohio users to be authenticated, or logged in. 

We use IP recognition, cookies, and geoauthentication to make it easy for you to use our resources. If our system can automatically recognize that you should have access, you probably don't need to log in with a username and password.

If our system can't automatically recognize that you should have access, you can log in with your INFOhio username and password. Click this link to log in or to find the INFOhio username and password for your child's school. Watch this video to learn more about logging in.

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Where can I get help with home internet access?

If you need help getting affordable home internet, contact the Connectivity Champions. The Connectivity Champions can help you work with your school and other support agencies to secure internet access and learning devices.

Connectivity Champions Phone: 1-844-K12-OHIO (844-512-6446)

Connectivity Champions Online Help: https://www.ohio-k12.help/remotedx/connectivity-champions

Connectivity Champions Email: connectme@ohio-k12.help

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Where can I find learning activities my child can use from home?

Visit the INFOhio homepage and click one of the age or grade buttons. The resources you see have been selected to meet the learning needs of students in that age range or grade.

Here are a few recommended resources to get you started:

If your child is in preschool or early elementary school, explore World Book Early Learning. At the top of the World Book Early Learning homepage, you'll find buttons for Games and Activities. The games include virtual tracing games while the activities include virtual and print coloring pages, dot-to-dot, mazes, and more.

If your child is in elementary school, explore World Book Kids. The games and activities in the menu at the bottom of the World Book Kids homepage are safe and fun.

Middle and high school students will enjoy exploring a wide variety of learning activities in the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center. Begin by clicking the Kids' Crafts button on the landing page.

For more ideas, visit our Summer Learning page.

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Can I use INFOhio digital content if I homeschool my child?

All Ohio PreK-12 students, including those participating in homeschooling, may use INFOhio digital resources. If your child is not an Ohio PreK-12 student in a public, private, charter, or home school, please visit your state's department of education to learn more about the resources available to you.

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How does INFOhio choose and purchase digital content?

INFOhio works with educators to choose quality, standards-aligned resources that are licensed with state and federal funds.

INFOhio contributes to the Libraries Connect Ohio partnership. This partnership includes INFOhio (representing school libraries), OPLIN (representing public libraries), OhioLINK (representing academic libraries), and the State Library of Ohio. Together, we are able to select and license a large collection of resources to support all Ohioans at all stages of life and learning. That's why you can find some of the same resources on the INFOhio website that you find on your public library's website or on a college library website.

INFOhio also evaluates, selects, and purchases access to resources specifically for Ohio PreK-12 students, their parents, and educators. That's why Ohio's PreK-12 students can freely use some resources on the INFOhio website that aren't freely available anywhere else.

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How can I help my child get ready for kindergarten?

Visit the Parents section of our Early Learning Portal. The Early Learning Portal has lots of apps and websites that meet Ohio's Early Learning Standards. Use them with your child to get ready for kindergarten.

Practice using World Book Early Learning and BookFlix with your child. Both include activities and games to help your child develop language, literacy, and math skills needed to be ready for kindergarten.You'll find those resources and more on our Beginning Readers page.

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How can I help my child learn to read?

Watch our Reading 'Round the Clock videos for ideas on helping your child learn basic reading skills. Read the "So You're Parenting..." flyer that matches your child's grade level. You'll find those videos and flyers on our Beginning Readers page.

Then practice using World Book Early Learning and BookFlix with your child. Both include reading activities and games to help your child develop language and reading skills.

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Does INFOhio have magazine or newspaper articles that my child can read?

INFOhio has Explora PreK-5, Explora 6-8, Explora 9-12, ISearch, and more. These resources have thousands of full text articles from reliable magazines and newspapers. Help your child find grade-level, full text magazine and newspaper articles using INFOhio's resources. 

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How can I help my child with math?

Explore this section of INFOhio's IWonder to find websites you can use to help your child with math.

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How can I help my child learn technology skills?

Your child can practice keyboarding and mouse skills using INFOhio's IWonder. Find online keyboarding games and tutorials to help your child practice keyboarding and mouse skills in the subcategory Do you want to learn how to use technology?

Find best practices for your family when using technology by reviewing tools and approaches for developing healthy media consumption.

Find tips for keeping your child safe online and helping your child adopt healthy technology habits in WOSU's Digital Wellness Parent's Guide.

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How can I help my child with a science fair project?

If your child is in elementary school, start with World Book Kids from INFOhio. Once you are in World Book Kids, click the link at the bottom of the page for Science Projects. From that page, click How to Do a Science Project.

If your child is in middle school or high school, start with Science Online from INFOhio. Once you are in Science Online, mouse over Curriculum Tools, and then click Science Fair Guide. It includes lots of helpful tips for planning a science fair project. Then visit Science Reference Center to get more ideas for your science fair project.

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How can I help my child with a research project or project-based learning?

If your child is in grades 4-8, take a look at GO! Ask, Act, Achieve. It breaks the research process down into 3 steps and includes recommended resources.

If your child is in grades 9-12 or taking College Credit Plus classes, use Research 4 Success. It breaks the research process down into 6 manageable steps.

For more information, see:

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Does INFOhio have trustworthy resources that my child can use to get information for a school report or research project?

All INFOhio resources are chosen by education professionals to support Ohio's Learning Standards. INFOhio resources are trustworthy and reliable. INFOhio is the perfect place for any Ohio PreK-12 student to begin research for a report or project. If your child is just getting started, we recommend World Book Kids, World Book Student, World Book Advanced, or Oxford Research Encyclopedias. To explore all of the reliable resources appropriate for your child, visit the INFOhio homepage and click the button for the grade your child is in. Children of all ages can find trustworthy non-fiction texts that are right for their reading level with INFOhio.

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How can I help my child think about choosing a career?

Encourage your child to use this section of IWonder to explore interests and careers. INFOhio also licenses digital content to promote career awareness, including Gale eBooks: STEM & Career Collection and Learn360 STEM and Career Video Collections.  Both are appropriate for students in grades 6-12.

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Where can I find more information for parents about education in Ohio?

For more information about education in Ohio, explore the Ohio Department of Education's Parents page.

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