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This is where our team shares their ideas and experiences with educators from around the world. Here you’ll find our blog, Educator Resource Center, video archive, and other resources.

The Teq PD team blogs on a variety of topics, from the Common Core to their favorite apps. You’ll also find the latest company news. The Educator Resource Center contains free-to-download-and-share SMART, ActivInspire, Easiteach, and Mimio lessons organized by subject and grade.

Please feel free to engage with the Teq team here, or through one of our social channels. We look forward to your feedback and invite you to be part of our learning community.

Read the latest posts from our PD Mentors and Curriculum and PD Specialists:

Marc Brea Jason Wanek Andrew Grefig Joe Sanfilippo

Read the latest posts from some of our Instructional Technology Specialists:

Matt Thaxter
Lightsail

Intro to LightSail

LightSail is an adaptive literacy platform that brings reading instruction into the modern era. Built by teachers, LightSail motivates students to enjoy the reading experience and take responsibility over their learning, while simultaneously fostering close, careful reading skills. Win win win!

What makes LightSail special?

Equipped with over 80,000 eBooks, LightSail allows each individual student … Read more

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Mobile Assessment

Choosing a Mobile Assessment Platform

We at Teq are huge fans of classrooms using mobile assessment instead of paper tests and quizzes—they increase engagement, allow for students to receive feedback when they need it, and best of all, saves teachers the time they would have used grading papers and generating data!  With this in mind, many companies have come up … Read more

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SMART Board Sleep Mode

Power Saving with Your SMART Board 6065

“Sleep mode” refers to the low power mode for electrical devices like TVs and computers. With a SMART Board 6065, you can enable sleep mode so you’re not wasting electricity when the SMART Board is not in use. The SMART Technologies Sleep Mode is accomplished in two ways:

  1. Pressing the crescent moon labeled sleep button
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SMART Maestro add on for Notebook

SMART Notebook Maestro Improves SMART Notebook for the iPad

Ask and you shall receive. In response to strong customer demand, SMART Technologies recently announced a major improvement to the SMART Notebook experience for educators using both SMART Boards and iPads in the classroom.

What is SMART Notebook Maestro?

The new SMART Notebook Maestro add-on interacts with SMART Notebook’s iPad app, and gives teachers the … Read more

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Educreations

Enhancing Your Educreations Experience

I recently visited a school to support their new implementation of iPads and was very excited to show the teachers how to use Educreations, an iPad app and website for creating and recording video presentations. The idea was to have students create a short video to review one main topic they learned in their math … Read more

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Download an October Calendar for Teq Online PD

Download your October PD calendar today!

Download an October calendar for Teq Online PD! Check out all of the courses for this month, and click here if you’d like to be contacted about a subscription. Here are some of the classes you can look forward to:

Best Web Tools

Increase student skills in interaction, research, … Read more

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Close Reading Infographic

Close Reading Tips and Tricks for Your Classroom

Tackle one of the Common Core’s most prominent standards with this infographic, created by weareteachers.com.

http://www.weareteachers.com/docs/default-source/printable-materials/pearson-literacy-teacher-infographic-close-reading-final-1-7-13.pdf

To learn more about close reading, visit the Teq Online PD lesson archives and check out “Close Reading in the High School ELA Classroom.”

Learn how to enhance the way students understand close reading with little-known web, … Read more

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How to Find the Best Classroom Solutions!

Sometimes all you have to do to find the best classroom solutions is to turn to a fellow educator.

This chart, created by educator Charlie Wierzbicki (@Poeteacher), highlights how you can use some of our favorite classroom resources like Edmodo, Evernote, and Google Forms, to address the needs of your classroom.

TechUseGuide quick

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NAO Software Update

Aldebaran’s Update Part 2: Choregraphe 2.1

Aldebaran released the newest version of their signature product, the NAO robot, this June, alongside a new version of their Choregraphe software.  We at Teq have had some time to explore the changes, and have noted quite a few improvements in both the robots and the software that we think teachers will appreciate. In a … Read more

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NAO Robot

Aldebaran’s Update, Part 1: NAO Evolution


Aldebaran released the newest version of their signature product, the NAO robot, this June, alongside a new version of their Choregraphe software.  We at Teq have had some time to explore the changes, and have noted quite a few improvements in both the robots and the software that we think teachers will appreciate. Today, I’ll focus on … Read more

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