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TexQuest: Implementation Guide

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TexQuest Implementation Guide

Follow these steps to INCREASE AWARENESS, USE, AND INTEGRATION of your TexQuest resources.

TexQuest Program Organization Chart

1. Learn about TexQuest. You may copy and modify the linked slide show for use at your own school/district.

We Use TexQuest (pointing right)

2. Add links to your TexQuest resources on your district, school, and/or library webpages. Make it easy for your patrons to find the resources by providing multiple access points and direct links to specific databases. Images and Links can help you with icons, widgets, and direct links. See examples of what other campuses/districts have done at TexQuest IPAs.

Arrows pointing in different directions pertaining to customization

3. Complete the TexQuest District Customization Request to customize all of your district TexQuest user names and passwords or to IP authenticate so your students don't have to log in when using TexQuest at school. To customize access by campus, please contact each new provider separately at the addresses on Campus Customization FAQs.

DIY "Do It Yourself" pertaining to DIY Training section on TexQuest website

4.  Learn about TexQuest resources and their features. The DIY Basic Training on the Training page has been created by the providers with trainers in mind. Each video of less than 30 minutes should provide you with enough "how to" information on each resource to feel comfortable sharing with other teachers. Check out the provider support page for more detailed information to share with your teachers and students.

Corresponding to TexQuest training section on TexQuest website

5. Look at the TexQuest Training Calendar to see if live training or a mini-conference is scheduled for an ESC in your area, or check with your ESC TexQuest contact to see what is planned for this year. Complete the TexQuest Training form to host live webinars from TexQuest providers at your district.

"Features" pertaining to available features found on Resource Guide on TexQuest website

6. Show your staff how the TexQuest resources can be integrated into their curriculum. Focus on features like Text to Speech, Translations, 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. The slide show 13 Ways TexQuest Helps You Reach Students is aligned to the guide and can also be copied and/or modified.

Clock with word "Learn" pertaining to giving focused training sessions to individuals or groups

7. Offer short focused training sessions to individuals or small groups. Start with a department, grade level, or special needs group and show them how to use one resource that aligns to their curriculum or needs. Special education is a good place to start. Check out some of the specialized resources at TexQuest.net/programmaterials.

TexQuest Baseball Seasonal Flyer directing patrons to promotional materials resources on Program Materials page on TexQuest website

8. Encourage students to use TexQuest by featuring resources on your website, using social media, or customizing bookmarks and seasonal promotional materials. Customizable seasonal promotions are available at TexQuest.net/programmaterials.

Family pertaining to Parent Connection section on TexQuest website

9. Share TexQuest resources with parents at PTA/PTO meetings, open house, or even virtually. The Parent Connection section has resources for parents including 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.

TexQuest Integration-Promotion-Activities pertaining to IPAs page on TexQuest website

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

Institute of Museum and Library Services logo   Funding for TexQuest is provided in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in combination with state and local funds.