Category Archives: Apps

Integrating Technology into Physical Education Classes

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When I was younger I could always expect to play dodgeball, kickball, or some other form of a team sport when going to Phys Ed class. However, there were the occasional days when we would practice running a timed mile for the physical fitness test, but that wasn’t nearly often enough for me, as woman […]


Student Presentations Using “Instagram Stories”

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  Making the most of your students’ favorite app Instagram is among the most popular social media platforms available.  In an effort to compete with “Snapchat Stories,” Instagram released a presentation feature bearing the not-so-unique name, “Instagram Stories” on August 2. Reports imply that Instagram Stories is a direct duplicate of Snapchat Stories and comes fully […]


3 Ways to Use Pokemon GO in The Classroom

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Gotta catch em all? Educators from all around the web are offering ideas for incorporating Pokémon GO into the classroom. The game, which debuted in July, has become an instant hit with kids and adults alike. Similar to the rise ofMinecraft, educators have begun to embrace Pokémon GO because of its potential for gamification. Here at Teq, […]


Google Updates Maps and Earth Apps

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Look who just got a makeover! Google Maps and Google Earth now contain sharper and more detailed images because of its updated applications from NASA’s Landsat 8 Satellite company. The last time imagery was updated was in 2013. At that time, Google was using photographs captured by a less capable Landsat 7 satellite which experienced […]


YouTube as a Teacher Resource

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Due to its sheer size and accessibility, there’s no surprise that more and more teachers are finding ways to turn YouTube from a problem into an asset.


Apps for Smart Student Habits

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As your new students settle back into the routine of school, you’ll be taking the time to get to know them: their strengths, their weaknesses, and most importantly, their habits. Helping an entire group of students you’ve just met navigate the new year can be daunting at best—and the demand can seem impossible if the students you receive have not learned smart study skills, or don’t know how to manage their time when working on a project.


Sudoku in Google Sheets

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Sudoku for sheets is easy to use and can be an extension activity, “free” time practice, built into instruction, or a daily practice. Whatever the usage, games like Sudoku can help students improve their attention span and enhance their problem solving and memory skills.


Podcasts You Should Listen To–Content and Inspiration

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. Today, we’d like to provide a list of podcasts related to education in a different way: content.

Each of the podcasts below is related to a specific subject matter, and often presents new angles to their subject matter in exciting and even funny ways. Teachers could use these podcasts to learn the latest facts about their subject of choice, develop new ideas and examples for their own curriculum, and even send them to their students to create a shared experience they can discuss in the classroom.


Creating Interactive Notes with Notability

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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.


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

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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 guide and a gift to you, we’ve compiled a number of resources that inspired us while researching this series.


Classroom Management with Class Dojo

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Behavior charts are a popular way for students to see their progress with specific goals in mind. Well, why not make those behavior charts digital, share them with parents, and give students the ability to view and track their progress any time. Class Dojo is a fun way to make this possible!


Formative Assessments with Plickers

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Students will hold up their response cards, and through the Plickers app, a device’s camera will scan student cards. You will be amazed at how accurate and sensitive the scanner is!


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

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Using certain tools, teachers can re-parse the way they monitor their student’s actions to create possibilities rather than punishments. When students are conditioned to associate positive behavior with recognition, praise, or rewards, they will be more inclined towards acting positively, even in situations where it is difficult!


App Smashing!

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App Smashing allows students to use critical thinking, problem solving, & creativity to find the best technology to demonstrate their understanding.


Front Row for Assessment

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Teachers are often looking for new ways to assess their students’ knowledge of Common Core Learning Standards. Front Row is a web- based platform (and iPad app!) that allows you to motivate students, differentiate practice activities, and receive immediate feedback on student progress in your Common Core Math class.


Timely Tutor

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Have you ever worried about all the fun apps available to kids with iPhones becoming a distraction, or wished that you could interrupt your student’s game of Angry Birds with something more educational? Well, wish no more. Timely Tutor, a recent app developed by the company of the same name, is designed to help teachers and […]


New TeqPD Course Lineup

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We are pleased to announce that our Spring 2014 course catalog is now available! Our newest courses reflect the cyclical nature of education and aim to eliminate the challenges that teachers face on a daily basis with “newer” technologies. These workshops have been developed with research from the early 80s and 90s in mind, and […]


5 Steps for Using the New Curriculet App in Edmodo

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Teachers who use Edmodo are familiar with the app store that allows you to integrate a number of great resources into the work your students are doing in groups. This week, Curriculet announced that they’ve also joined the Edmodo App store providing teachers with the tools to build interactive content and assign it to the […]


5 Areas Where Hemingway Can Help Struggling Writers

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As a former middle school ELA teacher, I appreciate the challenges of teaching students how to write the clear, informative texts called for by the Common Core Standards. Students often have trouble making their sentences concise and sticking to the topic at hand. They create long-winded sentences that end up losing their reader. Here is […]


Splashtop: Mirror a Computer to a Mobile Device

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In previous blog posts, we’ve discussed choices for mirroring your iPad to a screen. Teachers may also be interested in another way to use the iPad: mirroring the desktop of your computer to your iPad.  Being able to control your computer from anywhere in the room provides you with the opportunity to manage your instructional […]


5 Ways to Use Aurasma in the Classroom

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Aurasma is an augmented reality application that allows you to overlay any video or image on top of anything that your tablet, cell phone, or any other mobile device can scan with its camera. Using Aurasma is very much like using a QR code reader. In order to activate the overlayed image or video, the […]


Effective Uses of the Google Earth App

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Google Earth is one of my favorite applications. During Teq webinars and online professional development classes, I’v eluded to the using the Google Earth app. This started a buzz among teachers, reaching out requesting to learn how to better integrate the desktop and mobile platforms. Teachers can now integrate the mobile app as a means […]


Flick to Share

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Sharing is a vital part of learning and collaboration. It’s something that was built in to iOS 7 via AirDrop. But, the use of AirDrop is limited to iPhone 5 or later, the 4th generation iPad, iPad mini, and 5th generation iPod Touch. What can we use for quick sharing if we have other iOS […]


Frolyc and Learn

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More and more, we’re finding tools on the web and for mobile devices that allow teachers to create activities for students that can be aligned with the Common Core Standards and that help to personalize student learning.  Frolyc is a tool that does just that. Here’s why you might consider using Frolyc: 1. Activities are […]


Nearpod for All!

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Teachers with access to iPads have come to love Nearpod, a classroom resource that engages students, seamlessly incorporates interactivity , and provides data for easy monitoring of students progress. What’s not to love? Until recently, this gem was only available as an iPad app. Now it is accessible from any device! BYOD initiatives across the country […]


iPad App Nearpod Adds Features

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Many teachers around the world know of Nearpod as a tool for synchronizing learning in the classroom via the iPad.  Nearpod has recently released a new version of their app, and content tools that provide teachers with some great ways to enrich instruction. Apps: A new app is available that you’ll want to install on […]


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