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TexQuest: News & Updates

Reliable online resources for Texas public schools provided with support from the Texas Legislature

Explore More with TexQuest at TCEA 2021! (Virtual)

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  Britannica Digital Learning (virtual exhibit)
  Gale/Cengage Learning (virtual exhibit)
    

TexQuest Presentations

Supporting the New ELAR Standards with TexQuest Digital Resources, session 210481
Thu, 2/4, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, On-Demand session/Virtual
Norma Gutierrez, Education Service Center, Region 20
Terry Roper, Education Service Center, Region 10

TexQuest, It’s Elementary: Digital Resources for K-5 Classrooms, session 210486
Thu, 2/4, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, On-Demand session/Virtual
Norma Gutierrez, Education Service Center, Region 20

Marie Arce, Northeast ISD
Desiree Benavides, Harlandale ISD

Britannica Enhanced Website (11/2/20)

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Britannica Introduces New Enhanced Website

Check out the new and improved Britannica website

  • No action required. Transition should be seamless.

EBSCO Updates (11/2/20)



EBSCO eBooks

  • EBSCO Academy - short video tutorials providing information about EBSCO resources. You must create an EBSCO Connect account to view the videos and take quizzes associated with them.
  • Mobile app - in late November 2020, EBSCO will release the new mobile app for eBooks. The mobile app will provide searching and downloading capabilities.
  • DRM-free eBooks - coming November 2020 - many EBSCO eBooks will now have the capability of being downloaded without the need for installation of Adobe Digital Editions.
  • eBook Management Portal - January 2021 - customize which eBooks you want and make them available for specific time periods.

LearningExpress

  • LearningExpress added a "What's New?" feature that shows only resources that TexQuest participants subscribe to and provides information about content added within the past three months.
    • You must be signed in to your personal LearningExpress account to see the "What's New" link on the dark blue navigation bar at the top of the page.
    • “What’s New?” can be downloaded and distributed as a PDF.
  • STAAR Tests - new STAAR tests will be available in LearningExpress in January 2021.
  • 1,400 occupational videos are now included in occupational cards in "Explore Occupations" of Job and Career Accelerator center; these are short 1-2 minute clips that introduce a student to an occupation.
  • LearningExpress now has links to USAJOBS federal jobs database. Type "federal job search" in the Search box for available resources.
  • TSI tests within LearningExpress are being updated and information will be available on News and Updates as they become available.

Learn360 - new Quiz Feature (10/30/20)

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Infobase has added a new video Quiz feature in Learn360 which allows Admins, Librarians, and Teachers to create an interactive video Quiz using full videos, segments, custom content and web channels. Questions can be inserted at specific points in a video and then shared with students via Infobase Classes, Google Classes, LMSs such as Schoology, individual email addresses or using a direct link. There are a few different question types and Quiz settings.

To access, create, and share the Learn360 Quiz feature you must be logged in using a teacher, admin, or librarian account.

Video Tutorial
Help Article

For questions, contact Infobase Tech Support or 1-800-322-8755 x6.

Summer 2020 TexQuest Program Changes (5/4/20)

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Summer 2020 Program Changes (click on the change for more information or click on the boxes below):

Update your district contacts and/or sign up for the TexQuest X-Press to make sure you receive all important information.

Accessing via TexQuest Navigator vs direct TexQuest provider links

TexQuest Navigator and direct provider resource access reminders

This will allow you access to ALL TexQuest resources, including EBSCO.

  • If you access TexQuest resources via direct provider links...
    • Visit Access TexQuest resources OR access from your district/campus webpages or LMS/SSO systems
    • Type your district or campus TexQuest username and password for each provider
    • Remember for Gale the username is the Gale Loc ID and for EBSCO the password is the EBSCO only password ending in 20!
       
  • Your district's EBSCO ONLY password will be used only...

Program Access Changes - Most EBSCO passwords will be affected (5/4/20)

Important: District Password Changes to EBSCO

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As part of EBSCO's current username and password requirements, passwords must be updated every 365 days.

To make this annual update, for EBSCO only, easier for TexQuest participants, district EBSCO passwords will be changed between July 1 and July 15, 2020.

For most passwords,19! will be changed to 20! See EBSCO Access and Customization FAQs for detailed information on new passwords and how this will take place.

After July 15, 2020, new passwords will be emailed from TexQuest Support to district Primary, Librarian, and Technology contacts.

Gale Kids Infobits becomes Gale in Context: Elementary (5/4/20)

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Beginning May 29, 2020, Gale Kids InfoBits  will undergo product enhancements and become Gale In Context: Elementary. 

Access

  • Visit Images and Links for icons to change on district and campus web pages, single sign-on and learning management systems.
  • ​Resource will automatically be added to TexQuest Gale pages.
  • Resource will be accessed with current Gale credentials.
  • Campuses/districts with customized Gale pages should contact Gale or replace icon on Gale pages.

Visit Gale’s blog for more information.
Register for a live demo of Gale In Context: Elementary exclusively for libraries
 (5/15/20).
Information also available at Gale Support.

Live Gale in Context: Elementary webinar to review interface and tool enhancements
Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 2:303:00 PM ET

Summer 2019 TexQuest Program Changes (6/15/19)

EBSCO Learning Express Added to TexQuest (update 12/3/18)

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Template for Educator Email
Modify this email template to make counselors, teachers, and administrators aware of this new resource.

Access and Use (Handout)

  • Add the Learning Express icon and your custom district URL to your district/campus library web page. Check with your library contact or TexQuest Support Center for district url. Icons and generic URL available at TexQuest.net/imagesandlinks.
     
  • Click on "Sign In/Register” and create a personal account by confirming institution, providing name and email address, and  creating a password. Returning users enter username and password in the “Sign in to Your Account” section in the lower right corner of the Home page. (Creating a personal account allows each user to access practice exams and view test scores). The user can also click “I'd rather NOT register with my email” on the registration page and use a secret question instead.
     
  • Access PrepSTEP for High Schools or Learning Express Library for Public Libraries through your TexQuest log inThey share many resources, but some are unique to an individual collection.

  • Districts can also login to their EBSCO Select Service page to access Learning Express or use the new EBSCO landing page.
     
  • Individual campuses accessing their own Select Service page can email texquest@ebsco.com to create a campus profile for Learning Express.​

​More Resources

  • Visit the EBSCO TexQuest Learning Express Support Site, for more information, as well as training and support material.
     
  • Product Training Videos can be accessed from any page on the Learning Express site by simply clicking the Video Guides tab in the blue horizontal navigation bar.

Enable Optional EBSCO eBook Collections (6/15/19)

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Effective June 15, 2019, Academic, Business, and History eBook Collections from EBSCO are optional, and must be enabled at the district or campus level. No action is necessary to continue accessing the K-8, High School, and Educator Collections.

If your district or campus would like to enable any or all of optional eBook collections:

Note: Campuses must have a customized EBSCO username and password to enable optional EBSCO eBook collection(s) at the campus level.

  • To request a customized campus username and password contact texquest@ebsco.com
  • For districts with multiple campus customization requests, email a spreadsheet with District Name, City, Campus Name, eBook Collection(s) to be enabled, and Requested Username and Requested Password to texquest@ebsco.com and put "TexQuest Customized Login Request" in the subject line.

Britannica Adds Save to Google Drive Feature (2/21/19)

"Google Drive" is now available in Britannica School Resources!

Britannica has joined our other providers in adding the "Google Drive" feature to their Britannica School resources. 

                     Elementary level                            Middle & High School levels
       Google Drive feature in Britannica El            Google drive feature in Britannica MS and HS

To access in the Elementary level, click on the Google Drive icon within an article, image, or video.

To access in the Middle and High School levels, first click on the Send To icon (blue arrow), then click on Google Drive, within an article, image

Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context Chrome Extension

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context Chrome Extension!

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Enable users to view and access content from Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints In Context within Google results with the new OVIC Chrome Extension.

·        Opposing Viewpoints In Context – Chrome Extension Installation
·        Opposing Viewpoints In Context - Chrome Extension Usage Reporting
·        Opposing Viewpoints In Context - Google Admin Chrome Extension Management
·        Opposing Viewpoints In Context - Chrome Extension Best Practices

Gale blog - OVIC Chrome Extension

Learn360 Chrome Extension (2/18/20)

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Infobase has a new FREE Chrome browser extension that brings Learn360 content to the search engine results. Add Infobase Learn360 extension to Chrome.

New TexQuest Search Portal (8/16/19)

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New TexQuest Search Portal Opens 8/20/19!

TexQuest Navigator is a portal that allows users to access all TexQuest resources with one log in, as well as narrow provider searches by content level and type.

  • From TexQuest.net, participants select preferred resource level
  • When participant selects the first resource, a dropdown will prompt for district name
  • Participant will type in the primary district password (not the special EBSCO password)
  • After entering the first TexQuest resource, participant should be able to access additional resources without signing in.

Note: This alternate search method will be for district access only and cannot be customized for additional resources.

TexQuest E-mail Blasts

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