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TexQuest will be celebrating the holidays!  The TexQuest Support Center will be closed for the Winter Break from December 21, 2015, to January 1, 2016. We hope your holidays are joyful. If you need support from the TexQuest partners during this time, please continue here for their holiday hours and contact information.

Tell your Special Education professionals that TexQuest has Text to Speech capabilities. It may be one of the best gifts you share this week. STAAR A has a text to speech function, and many special education teachers are looking for a similar resource so their students can practice. Show them the "read aloud" features in Gale and Britannica, and they will get excited about all of the other resources TexQuest provides for students. We have created an infographic to promote this feature. Print it, use it for a quick presentation, or send the url to your special education teachers and let them discover these resources on their own. A "how to" slide show has also been created and linked to the infographic. Feel free to copy the slides, add your district access information, and let your teachers know what a wonderful resource you are. Continue for links to the infographic and slide show.
Teachers and librarians will love the upgrades to Kids InfoBits.  Effective December 11, many of the features you have been asking for are now  included:
  • Mobile Responsive Design - adjusts to mobile devices
  • New Browse Topics View - all topics on a single page
  • Ability to filter searches by content level
  • Google Drive and Google Classroom Integration
Continue here for more information.
 
Britannica Announces Sharing Apps for IOS and ChromeBrittanica School is now even easier to access on your iPhone, iPad, or Chromebook. Continue here for instructions on how to download sharing apps for IOS and Chrome devices. 
Try this great integration IPA from NEISD. Dee Dee Davenport shared how her district uses folders to make digital resources accessible to their students. Ebooks are a hard concept for some students (and adults) to grasp. Continue here to learn about this great way to make them tangible. To submit your own IPA, continue to Texquest.net/IPAs

Stay informed about program additions and changes. Sign up for TexQuest X-Press and share the link with all of your friends. Think of it as a gift that lasts all year. Don't hesitate to contact us.

 

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