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Training Guide - Critical Thinking in the Digital Age Classroom (3-6 hours) Print Page

Agenda and Materials

1. Welcome, Introductions and TexQuest Overview

  • Discuss: Why might some educators hesitate to use online resources in their classroom?
  • View video (from YouTube):

  •  Discuss: What are some of the reasons that educators should incorporate online resources in their classroom?


2. Why Use TexQuest?

  • Watch Blockbuster History Museum video (from YouTube):

  • Discuss: What does this video say about how we need to remain relevant with 21st Century learners?

 Alternative to 1 and 2

3. Spark Your Students' Interest

Video source: Opposing Viewpoints, Gale

   Alternate video source

3. Becoming Familiar with the TexQuest Databases

4. Inquiry-Based Learning and TexQuest 


5. Promoting TexQuest at your Campus/District

  • Watch First Follower video (from YouTube):

  • Discuss: How can you help start a TexQuest movement?

6. Questions and Reflections

7. Evaluation


    Trainer Guide

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    Goals, Objectives and Outcomes

    Duration: 6 hours (may be shortened to 3 hours)

    Audience: School Library Media Specialists, Library Administrators, Teachers, Curriculum Directors, Instructional Technology Specialists

    Abstract: Find out how TexQuest can help teachers and school librarians create collaborative units of study that address research skills as well as high levels of inquity. Learn about best practices in collaboration and integration of these digital resources into the K-12 curriculum. 

    Course Objectives: Introduce participants to best practices in collaboration, model how TexQuest resources support AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learners and the 4 Cs -communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, and encourage participants to pursue collaborative opportunities to enhance teaching and learning.

    Course Goals: Guide participants to an understanding of how TexQuest digital resources can help address high levels of inquiry; illustrate how TexQuest can serve as a vehicle to facilitate teacher-librarian collaboration, provide examples of cross-curricular collaborative activities that integrate TexQuest resources; explain how collaborative instruction using TexQuest can support core content TEKS, Technology Applications TEKS, Career and College Readiness Standards, and Library Standards.

    Participant Outcomes: Participants will understand and be able to articulate the value of teacher-librarian collaboration. Participants will be able to use TexQuest as a vehicle to facilitate teacher-librarian collaboration. Participants will be able to integrate TexQuest resources and explain how collaborative instruction using TexQuest can support the standards and high levels of inquiry.

    Outcome Indicators: Participants will design or enhance a lesson unit that integrates the TexQuest resources, and promotes teacher-librarian collaboration at their school. Participants’ schools and districts will see an increased use of TexQuest resources and research skills.

    These training materials were created by Education Service Center, Region 20 in support of TexQuest. Education Service Center, Region 20 serves as the TexQuest Support Center. For more details, visit


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    Contact the TexQuest Support Center at Education Service Center, Region 20 for assistance with your TexQuest needs:
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