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My District Signed up for TexQuest, Now What?

Your district is signed up for TexQuest and you received your login information. What  you need to do now is INCREASE AWARENESS, USE, AND INTEGRATION of TexQuest.

1. Learn about the TexQuest program and its partners. When you talk to patrons, let them know about the program, but also direct them to access the providers that are part of TexQuest. Each provider may be accessed separately. You may copy and modify this slide show for use at your own school/district.

Tip: Texas schools benefit because the state legislature appropriated funds for TexQuest; promote the program, along with the resources that are part of it.

2. Put the links to your TexQuest resources on your district, school, and/or library webpages. Contact the support center if you need your customized Gale link. Make it easy for your patrons to find the resources by providing multiple access points and direct links to specific databases. The Provider Support resources can help you with icons, widgets, and direct links. See how other schools/districts have linked their TexQuest resources.

Tip: Patrons can't use the resources if they can't find them.

3. Customize your user names and passwords. Creating the same easy to remember access information for all of your online resources makes it easier for your patrons. Complete the TexQuest District Customization Form to customize all of your district TexQuest user names and passwords. 

Tip: Please don't post usernames and passwords on the open internet.

4.  Learn about the TexQuest resources and their features. Earn CPE credit by attending a face-to-face training at your ESC, or consider hosting training at your district by one of the TexQuest partners.  Check the TexQuest Training Calendar to see what is scheduled for your area, or fill out the TexQuest Training form to host training at your district. If you can't attend a face to face training, start with the DIY Basic Training on the Training Tools page. 

Tip: You don't have to know everything to promote TexQuest. Start with one resource.

5. Sign up for monthly e-mail updates on TexQuest resources and the TexQuest program with TexQuest X-Press. Access back issues from the TexQuest website.

Tip: Check your Junk Mail to make sure that these email updates aren't blocked.

 

6. Show your staff how the TexQuest resources help them, as well as their students. Focus on features like Read Aloud, Translate, and TEKS correlations to get their interest. The TexQuest General Resource Guide can be linked, modified, and/or shared with your faculty as a reference.

Tip: If your time is limited, select just one resource to share, along with a few of its features.

7. Offer focused training to individuals or small groups and encourage them to browse the different resources and training options. Support collaboration between librarians, teachers, and instructional technologists to increase use and integration of TexQuest across the curriculum by sharing customized TexQuest Curriculum Resource Guides for specific curriculum area.

Tip: Faculty who support ELL/ESL, GT, and Special Needs are enthusiastic about the TexQuest Resources and the features that support their students.

8. Encourage students to use the digital resources in TexQuest:

  • Offer to host or co-teach classes when projects begin.
  • Show students the citation tools.
  • Utilize image, audio, and/or video files for research and projects.
  • Use features like translation tools and read-aloud functions.
  • Help students highlight, take notes, and save their articles.

Tip: Students don't care about the resources until they need them. Be there at their "point of need."

9. Get ideas from librarians and teachers around the state with TexQuest IPAs - Integration & Promotion Activities. Submit one of your own, along with links to share resources you have created. Buidling on our success makes the program stronger!

Tip: Sometimes simple ideas make the biggest difference. Don't hesitate to suggest something.

10. Share TexQuest resources with parents at PTA/PTO meetings, open house, or even virtually. The Parent Connection section where you can access a slide show for parents, articles, and an infographic that can be tweeted or used as a presentation. Encourage parents to use TexQuest at home with their students.

Tip: Make access easy for parents. Share user names and passwords in multiple formats. If your district has a password protected online parent portal, it's okay to post user names and passwords there.

11. Communicate with your stakeholders by using the Why TexQuest Matters communication ideas. Share news and tips about the resources among staff, students, and students╩╝ families in your newsletters, and encourage them to also sign up for TexQuest X-Press.

Tip: You have permission and are invited to copy and modify these slide shows to meet the needs of your campus/district.

12. Monitor your campus or district usage statistics. Retrieve statistics for all TexQuest resources from Chalk DUST, or request reports from the separate content providers.

Tip: If you have never used ChalkDUST, read the FAQs or watch the video tutorials created by the state library.

 

Year 2: Action Items for Integration & Promotion

1. Change the perception of "databases" at your school/district. Try using the phrase "school digital resources" in place of "library databases." Show your patrons that they can access images, videos, and audio files, along with the traditional articles.
2. Access TexQuest Resources in multiple ways. Add new access points, including direct links to  resources. Use the icons, widgets, and direct links that can be accessed from the Provider Support pages.
3. Join together as a community to provide Texas students with equal access to quality resources, no matter the size of the district. Add "We Use TexQuest" logos to webpages and materials so that patrons, and, as a result, administrators and school board members, are aware of the program. 
4. Promote TexQuest resources as Instructional Materials. Show a teacher how to search by TEKS, use the read aloud feature, translate resources, or integrate into Google Apps for Education.
5. Develop your role as an instructional leader and professional development specialist. Train your colleagues how to use a TexQuest resources. Try focusing on a small group and provide specific resources, like the ones available on the Program Materials page.
6. Share your successes with the library/TexQuest community. Share a great idea with other librarians by submitting it as an Integration & Promotion Activity to the TexQuest website. Try one of the ideas that another TexQuest user has shared. Pooling our ideas will make the TexQuest program stronger
 

IPAs (Integration & Promotion Activities

 

 

Need Help?

Contact the TexQuest Support Center at Education Service Center, Region 20 for assistance with your TexQuest needs:
Sign up, Usernames and Passwords, Customization
Training and Resource Integration
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(844) 719-1501 (toll free)
 (210) 370-5786 (local) Fax: (210) 370-5755
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