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?
3. Spark Your Students' Interest
- See photo.
- Primary Source Analysis activity: What do you see? How does this make you feel? What do you already know about this topic? What conclusions can you draw? What else would you like to find out?
Download Photographic Analysis handout for elementary and secondary grades in PDF format (from Dropbox) or
Download Photographic Analysis handout for elementary and secondary grades in Google Docs (make a copy of the editable Google Doc)
- Prediction: What do you think we will study in this inquiry-based lesson?
- Can Animals Help Predict Natural Disasters? Click on the image below and watch first 3 minutes of this PBS video.
3. Becoming Familiar with the TexQuest Databases
- If you have a district login, go to your district access port.
- If you do not have a district login yet, click here to temporarily navigate the Gale databases
- Access the TexQuest Guide for Gale Resources
- Adam Matthew Digital
4. Inquiry-Based Learning and TexQuest
- What is Inquiry-Based Learning?
- Follow the steps to complete an inquiry-based curriculum connection.
Download the curriculum connection template in Google Docs (make a copy of the editable Google Doc) or
Download the curriculum connection template from Dropbox (Word version).
- Here is a sample curriculum connection.
- When ready, submit your curriculum connection idea to 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
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 www.texquest.net.
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