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TedED: Spring Film Festival
February 21, 2018

On this unseasonably warm day, I am reminded that spring is right around the corner. And with each degree that rises, bird that chirps, and flower that sprouts, also comes my depleting attention span, as seen in the very scientific graph below. If a 31-year old like myself has trouble concentrating, I can only imagine how difficult […] Read More

The Importance of Reflection in Education
February 20, 2018

  Self-reflection has become a habit of mine… …and it all started while I was working on my Master’s in Science Education. During this time, my favorite professor did a fantastic job of instilling this habit in me and my peers by requiring self-reflection after almost every assignment he graded. We would ask ourselves questions […] Read More

Using AutoCrat and Google to Create Your Own Mad Libs Stories for the Classroom
January 9, 2018

When I was a kid, I loved playing Mad Libs. Often given to me as a stocking stuffer or grocery store present from my parents, Mad Libs, the “phrasal template” game, was one of the ways my parents kept me and my siblings entertained, while also helping us learn the parts of speech. This comical […] Read More

Our 2017 Educational Holiday Gift Guide
December 19, 2017

As I was strolling through the aisles of Toys R Us in search of a holiday gift for my niece, I was reminded of the year I received a K’NEX kit for Christmas. I remember opening it Christmas morning and feeling immediately inspired. What would I build? A roller coaster for my action figures? A […] Read More

TEDEd: Holiday Film Festival   
December 8, 2017

As we get closer to the holiday break, student attention spans seem to dissipate. And really, who can blame them? They’re too full of holiday spirit!  My favorite strategy for combatting this? Lean into what they’re thinking about! To do this, we’ve found 6 TEDEd videos that you can connect to the holiday season, while still teaching […] Read More

Formative Assessments with Plickers
December 7, 2017

There is no doubt that digital forms of assessment are increasingly popular in modern-day classrooms. In many cases, they require students to have access to devices such as iPads, Chromebooks, smartphones, or laptops. However, with Plickers, this is not the case. What is Plickers? Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time […] Read More

December Online PD Course Preview
December 1, 2017

As we approach the holiday season, join Teq for some exciting new and updated online professional development courses just for you! This December, we will be finishing our Microsoft Office 365 Digital Teacher Certification track and highlighting exciting tools for your diverse learners! Let’s take a look at a few courses in detail. Holiday Haiku […] Read More

Teq’s Top 6 Takeaways from the Inaugural PAX Unplugged 2017
November 30, 2017

  On November 17th, the Pennsylvania Convention Center welcomed the start of the PAX Unplugged Conference. With ‘unplugged’ being the tell-all descriptor, PAX conferences aim to strengthen various communities of gamers around the world and showcase all of the latest games and technology the gaming sector has to offer. All of the games at the unplugged conference […] Read More

3 Things You Didn’t Know Microsoft Forms Could Do
November 10, 2017

For those of you with an Education subscription to Microsoft 365, you may be familiar with Microsoft Forms and how easy it makes collecting surveys from your students. But like many of the products in 365, Forms is capable of much more. Here are 3 of our favorite ways to use Microsoft 365 to enhance […] Read More

Teq to Provide Free CTLE-Approved 3D Printing Workshops for Educators
October 19, 2017

The professional development company partners with Ultimaker to foster STEAM growth in K-12 classrooms As 3D printing grows in popularity in the K-12 segment, so do the demands for curriculum integration and reliability. To understand the challenges educators face with the newest EdTech must-have, Teq partnered with Ultimaker to provide a 3D Training Workshop where […] Read More

Issues and Solutions from Teq’s NYC STEAM Committee
October 2, 2017

On Wednesday, September 27th, the New York City Teq STEAM Committee—consisting of educators from Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens—met at the SMART Showroom to discuss the implementation of STEAM initiatives in their schools.  The first meeting of the 2017-2018 introduced mostly new members to the group, and was hosted by Teq’s Chief Learning Officer, Robert Wayne Harris, and Teq’s Director of Curriculum and Content, Andrew Grefig. It was quickly […] Read More

Highlights from the 2017 Maker Faire
September 26, 2017

For the past few years, I’ve considered myself an active participant in the Maker Movement—a growing community of tech-influenced DIY individuals. Despite how involved I’ve been, I am always surprised by the ingenuity and products created by hobbyists, enthusiasts, and students showcased at the Maker Faire, and this year was no exception! Held on September 23rd and […] Read More

The New SMART Learning Suite Online
September 25, 2017

Last week, SMART released SMART Learning Suite Online. This is the beginning of what many educators have been waiting for for some time: the ability to deliver SMART Notebook lessons across devices. Below is the first of what will be several professional development sessions on SMART Learning Suite Online.   7 things you can do with […] Read More

4 Awesome Time-Savers with Google’s Chrome Omnibox
September 21, 2017

Google Chrome and the Omnibox When Google Chrome was first introduced to audiences in 2008, it quickly became a favorite of many, and it’s easy to see why. As the most widely-used web browser for phones and desktop computers in the world, Chrome has a large library of extensions and add-ons; a clean and simple user […] Read More

Teq Online PD 3.0 is Here!
September 18, 2017

It’s finally here! With suggestions taken from teachers like you, we’ve made updates to our platform for a more intuitive experience that makes getting the PD you want easier, faster, and more personalized. User-Friendly Design—No Matter Your Device! To help improve the user experience, our team redesigned the platform layout for a cleaner and more streamlined […] Read More

Migrate a Microsoft Outlook Calendar to Google Calendar
September 15, 2017

  In this week’s Teq Tip, we cover how to migrate a Microsoft Outlook Calendar to Google Calendar. This is great if your school is transitioning between the two services, or if you find yourself using both, for example using one for your personal calendar, and one for your professional calendar. Living in a Google World? […] Read More

Easily Integrate Google Sheets/Forms Information into Docs and Slides
September 13, 2017

Today, we’re going to show you a time-saving technique that’s perfect for quickly embedding data and creating reports in Google Docs/Slides. This is the perfect solution for anyone interested in having a running report of student grades or progress/summary and adding it to a document or presentation. In a few simple steps, you’ll be able to […] Read More

Teq Introduces New PD Courses Based on Educator Votes
September 8, 2017

You Spoke, We Listened On August 29th, Innovative Educator blogger Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu) reached out to educators on the #NYCSchools Tech Facebook page (on behalf of Teq and SMART Technologies), to see what professional development NYC educators are most interested in for the coming school year. Thanks to all the feedback, our Curriculum team is preparing […] Read More

How to Build a Solar Eclipse Pinhole Projector
August 18, 2017

In this week’s Teq Tip, Jess teaches you how to easily craft a pinhole projector so you can safely view the solar eclipse.  Total Eclipse of the Heart Sun On Monday, August 21st, the moon, the sun, and the Earth will all lineup so that the moon will completely block out the sun in some parts […] Read More

STEAM Success at Kings Park Middle School
August 16, 2017

Making the Most of Summer with STEAM On June 28th, the Long Island STEAM Committee met at the William T. Rodger Middle School in Kings Park to support the school’s STEM summer camp. With fifty-three students and a team of teachers, principals and administrators from Long Island school districts, Teq’s team of Professional Development Specialists […] Read More

Teq Delivers an Exciting Day of STEAM Learning for PS 219 
August 10, 2017

Teq hosted a STEAM-focused field trip that had the students of PS 219 smiling (and learning!) all day On May 11th, Teq welcomed over 30 elementary students and teachers from PS 219 for a day of STEAM-focused learning activities at Teq’s Huntington Station headquarters.  Focusing on the Future The day started with a welcome speech from Teq’s Chief Learning Office, Robert Wayne Harris, that focused on the importance of STEAM learning, and prepared and […] Read More

Teq Improves Online Professional Development with New Content and Features
August 7, 2017

A new version of its successful Teq Online PD will be available in September HUNTINGTON STATION, NY , July 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Teq, a leader in online professional development for teachers, has announced a major update to its online Professional development (PD) platform. The new Teq Online PDTM will include improved administrative features for […] Read More

Teq Heads to San Antonio for ISTE 2017
July 17, 2017

This June, Teq traveled to San Antonio for ISTE—the largest educational technology conference of the year.  On June 25th to June 28th, Teq headed to San Antonio, Texas for ISTE 2017 — the largest worldwide edtech conference of the year. This year, ISTE broke record numbers with an estimated 15,000 attendees, which consisted of teachers, administrators, technology directors, […] Read More

Summer-Time Learning with the Long Island STEAM Committee
July 5, 2017

                                      The Long Island STEAM Committee hosted its third meeting on June 28th at the Kings Park Central School District’s William T. Rodger Middle School to help support their STEM summer camp. Members, along with fifty-three STEM […] Read More

Teq Attracts Record Number of Teachers to its Online Professional Development 
June 22, 2017

Participation in Teq Online PD increases to new high as teachers see huge value in meeting state-mandated PD requirements online. Huntington Station, NY – Teq (, the leading provider of K12 professional development for educational technology, is experiencing a new high in monthly participation for its online professional development platform, Teq Online PDTM. In June, […] Read More

Teq to Deliver 5 Professional Development Sessions At ISTE 2017 
June 16, 2017

Teq’s Online PD team will host 5 professional development sessions focused on the integration of SMART-technology in the classroom during this year’s upcoming ISTE conference in San Antonio.  June 16, 2017 Huntington Station, NY – Teq ( will host a series of SMART-focused professional development sessions in both the SMART and Teq booths at this year’s ISTE conference in San Antonio, Texas. […] Read More

Chrome Extensions – Tab Glue and Scissors
June 14, 2017

Today’s post details a couple of easy extensions you can add to your Chrome browser—“Tab Scissors” and “Tab Glue.”  These extensions are easy to add and use, and help us as teachers organize how we work when we have a lot of Chrome tabs open at the same time. More importantly, we can teach digital […] Read More

#GooglePDWeek – Get Familiar with Google Advanced Search

  In the final installment of our #GooglePDWeek #TeqTips, join Jessica as she teaches you how to Maximize your search power using Google Improve your Google searches with targeted query tips For more … For more great tips like this, keep visiting our blog at Want to learn more about Google with our #GooglePDWeek #TeqTip […] Read More

#GooglePDWeek – Using the Find a Time Feature in Google Calendar
June 9, 2017

  Another day, another great #TeqTip. In this quick video for our special #GooglePDWeek, you will learn how to Create an event for multiple attendees using Google Calendar Find a time that works for all attendees using the “Find a Time” feature For More For more tips like this, check out how to make quick […] Read More

#GooglePDWeek – How to Organize your Gmail with Labels
June 8, 2017

    For today’s #GooglePDWeek #TeqTip, we’ll be helping all of you with your overflowing Gmail inboxes! Take a look at our quick video to see how easy it is to organize your Gmail with labels. In this video, you will learn how to organize your Gmail inbox create new labels “nest” the emails you receive […] Read More

#GooglePDWeek – Make Quick All-Day and Multi-Day Appointments in Google Calendar
June 7, 2017

For today’s #GooglePDWeek #TeqTip, we will be covering how to make quick all-day and multi-day appointments in Google Calendar. In this quick video, see how easy it is to Block out an all-day on your calendar View all event details Make a multi-day event on your calendar   For More For more great tips like this, […] Read More

#GooglePDWeek – Archiving a Class in Google Classroom
June 6, 2017

  To celebrate #GooglePDWeek, we will be sharing a series of Google #TeqTips throughout the week. Today, we will be covering how to archive a class in Google Classroom. Take a look at the quick video above to learn how to Remove a class from your students’ active classes Review archived Google classes Restore or […] Read More

How to View Adobe Flash Content in SMART Notebook
June 5, 2017

With the release of SMART Notebook 17, Adobe Flash content is no longer supported in SMART Notebook software. To the greatest extent possible, SMART Notebook software allows you to access existing Adobe Flash content in your .notebook files. Depending on the type of Flash item, your Flash content can still be accessed either as SMART […] Read More

Google PD Week – June 5-11
June 2, 2017

  Next week, June, 5th – June 11th, Google is hosting a PD Week with events online and on social media to prepare teachers to take the Level 1 and Level 2 Google Educator exams.   We are excited to announce that Teq will be joining in on this week by providing you a Google […] Read More

What Does STEAM Mean to You? Answers from the NYC STEAM Committee
May 31, 2017

The New York City STEAM Committee held its first meeting on May 25th at the SMART Executive Briefing Center to discuss STEAM initiatives and implementation challenges being faced by schools in New York City. STEAM innovators from public, private, and Catholic schools from all five boroughs were in attendance, as well as a panel of Teq’s […] Read More

Emily’s Top 3 Apps for Classroom Management
May 30, 2017

  As a teacher who has worked with preschoolers, in the general education setting, and in a self-contained classroom, I’ve seen various apps to help reinforce positive behavior and manage student work. These three apps are available for any iOS device including the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone, and are great for building positive behavior […] Read More