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Focusing Student Attention using SMART ink
September 30, 2016

SMART Learning Suite 16.1 has multiple features embedded inside of the SMART ink icon that allows the teacher or student to easily focus attention to specific parts being displayed on their SMART Board or Interactive flat panel. Spotlight This feature gives you the ability to “Spotlight” key elements of SMART Notebook files, text in articles […] Read More

Student Presentations Using “Instagram Stories”
August 12, 2016

  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 […] Read More

3 Ways to Use Pokemon GO in The Classroom
July 29, 2016

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, […] Read More

Technology and the Socially Conscious Classroom
March 21, 2016

As educators, we're responsible for helping children learn how to live effectively in the world they will graduate into, and that includes being able to navigate social questions whenever they arise. Because of this, we've put together this list of socially conscious web sources that help teach your students how to not only be good global citizens, but good citizens in general as well. Read More

Take the SMART kapp iQ Challenge: 30-Day FREE Trial
August 27, 2015

ATTENTION ALL EDUCATORS. Life has just become easier (and cheaper) for you! The very latest SMART Board flat panel, the SMART kapp iQ, is available FREE for a month-long trial. Just to clarify, that is 720 hours, or 43,200 minutes with the most advanced 4K interactive display on the market. (Kind of a big deal.) Read More

Notebook 15.1 Coming in August, and with it Comes the Retirement of XC Collaboration
June 8, 2015

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!” Read More

Gamification: Class Systems In the Classroom (Part 4 of 6)
May 15, 2015

When thinking about differentiation, we want to focus on student strengths, and create an environment where students can use what they're good at to learn. Read More

SMART Notebook 15 is Here!
April 23, 2015

SMART Notebook 15 is finally here! See all the new features and learn more about this exciting update. Read More

App Smashing!
March 31, 2015

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

Early Childhood and Technology: Is there a “Too Young”?
February 12, 2015

ne of the greatest concerns of a rapidly evolving classroom is discerning whether or not something is appropriate to use. Teachers have already been practicing this when choosing content (no teacher is about to give complex algebra to first graders, for example) and in technique (such as a class using jigsaw reading only after all the students have learned to read). As a result, it’s no surprise that technology is coming under the same scrutiny, with many educators now asking the question: When do certain pieces of tech become developmentally appropriate for my kids? Read More

The Library of Congress – The World’s Largest Library in Your Classroom!
January 8, 2015

Help your students meet Common Core Standards, look no further than the education page of the Library of Congress (LOC). As the largest library in the world, their online site is a valuable resource for teachers wanting to incorporate these documents into their classrooms. Read More

Front Row for Assessment
January 7, 2015

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. Read More

All About Pinterest
December 16, 2014

See how Pinterest (the social media website that allows users to create ‘boards’, and then pin content to those boards in order to save them) has been taking the education world by storm. Read More

SMART amp Adds New Customized Group Feature
November 19, 2014

SMART Amp adds new feature to help classroom management and customize instruction SMART amp, the cloud-based collaboration workspace that allows teachers and students to work together from any web-enabled device, has just added another great feature: “Customize Groups to Hand Out Copies.” With this feature, teachers will now be able to administer work to individual students, […] Read More

Enhancing Your Educreations Experience
October 11, 2014

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

How to Add an Image to a SMART amp Workspace
June 24, 2014

Few things are as important in the learning process as visual aids. From apples and ants to represent words that start with the letter a, to maps, diagrams and yes, even “selfies,” our brain has sophisticated image recognition capabilities to support learning. SMART amp collaborative learning software allows users to take full advantage of its ability […] Read More

SMART amp Free Trial & Setting Up a Google Apps Domain
May 23, 2014

Did you know you can try SMART amp for free? SMART is currently offering a free 90-day trial of their new collaborative software, SMART amp. What is SMART amp? SMART amp software is a new, easy-to-use, cloud-based learning platform. It enables teachers and students to collaborate in a nearly infinite workspace, in real time, from anywhere in the […] Read More

6 Tips for Creating Effective Virtual Classrooms
May 13, 2014

Are you using a Learning Management System (LMS) to connect with students, provide resources, foster interaction or create assignments? With the rise of online and blended learning models, there are many varieties of LMS geared toward the creation of virtual classrooms. Whether you are using a free option, like Edmodo, or your school has implemented […] Read More

Assessment with the New Edmodo Snapshot
April 15, 2014

Edmodo is a popular tool with teachers for building collaborative classroom communities. Its features such as notes and replies, polls, quizzes, assignments, and gradebook, as well as the Edmodo app store have provided teachers with the means to engage their students in active learning. Recently, Edmodo provided a group of users with access to an […] Read More

Things I Learned in “Choose Your Own Adventure with NAO”
April 9, 2014

When the NAO Robot performs one of it’s many pre-programmed tasks, it always captures the attention of everyone in a room. As advanced as technology is these days, there is just something about a robot talking, responding to questions, and pulling off some serious yoga moves that always piques the interest of an audience. But […] Read More

Choose Your Own Adventure with the NAO Robot
March 24, 2014

For anyone unsure of how to use a NAO robot in the classroom, our recent free webinar provides a good example. It demonstrates how the NAO robot can be brought into a school and used as a platform for group work, collaboration, narrative writing, and programming (with Choreographe software). Literacy skills are also brought into […] Read More

Creating Activities That Maximize the Use of Extreme Collaboration
March 19, 2014

In a previous blog post, we described how to set up the Extreme Collaboration add-on to use with your SMART Notebook lessons. Here are some thoughts about the types of activities that can make the best use of this tool. Open ended responses This type of response to a question can help you to: know […] Read More