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Notability

Creating Interactive Notes with Notability

Looking for a note taking app that is way more than just a text app? Then you should check out Notability! Notability is a comprehensive app that allows your students to take notes and create documents that combine text with images, annotations, and sound.

Students (or teachers) can organize their notes into sections based off … Read more

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Gamification: Conclusion and Resource List (Part 6 of 6)

Hello everyone! Thank you for joining us throughout our exploration of gamification in education. Many of the concepts we’ve touched on in the last five posts are only part of the discussion. Now it’s up to you to take those tools, continue the exploration, and engage your students in new ways.

To help, we included one more post to the series. As a … Read more

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SMART Extreme Collaboration

Notebook 15.1 Coming in August, and with it Comes the Retirement of XC Collaboration

On August 6th, SMART will be upgrading their SMART Notebook software to Notebook 15.1. With this upgrade, the popular add-on XC Collaboration will no longer be available, however its functionality will be available in the form of a new activity called “Shout it Out!”

Shout it Out! will be a part of the Lesson Activity Read more

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Gamification: Games and Curriculum (Part 5 of 6)

Welcome to the final official part of our Gamification blog, where we finally talk about actual games.

We have come full circle.

As I mentioned in the introduction, using actual games is not central to the gamifying of education. A gamified classroom focuses on the repackaging of classroom elements to make them more encouraging to … Read more

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Classroom Management with Class Dojo

Looking for a successful classroom management strategy?  In order to achieve this, it is important to have a well-developed plan in place and a clear communication with students about this plan. Behavior charts are a popular way for students to see their progress with specific goals in mind. Well, why not make those behavior charts … Read more

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Gamification: Class Systems In the Classroom (Part 4 of 6)

I should make a short clarification before beginning this installation of the series: ‘class system’ refers to a structure commonly found in games–mostly video games–rather than any other possible definition.

Pictured: An interesting topic, but not what we’re discussing.

If you’ve ever experimented with fantasy or social games (World of Warcraft immediately comes to … Read more

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SMART Technologies

SMART Notebook 15 is Here!

Here at Teq, we are excited to see that our SMART friends continue to enhance the Notebook Interactive Learning Software with the release of the most recent version, SMART Notebook 15.

Notebook 15 is full of really great updates that increase functionality and interactivity for the classroom. Teachers can create engaging lesson content with the … Read more

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Illustrative Mathematics Gets a New Look

If you are a math teacher looking for some great, investigative, Common Core content for instruction, look no further than Illustrative Mathematics. The Illustrative Mathematics website recently underwent a transformation, simplifying the navigation process and expanding the free materials that encourage students to perform investigations around various mathematics principles.

What educators love most about … Read more

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Gamification: Pavlov and Classroom Management (Part 2 of 6)

Have you ever heard of Pavlov’s dog?

In 1902, physiologist Ivan Pavlov conducted a series of experiments that studied how living brains associate certain triggers with certain results, and will respond accordingly. In his most famous experiment, he trained a dog to associate the sound of a bell with the arrival of food. As a result, the … Read more

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App Smashing!

App Smashing or App Synergy is when students use a combination of apps to create a final product that would not be possible to create with the sometimes limited capabilities of one app. App smashing comes from the inability of one app to do all you need, however, it creates a wonderful new opportunity for … Read more

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