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5 Ways to Create Digital Exit Slips

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When I was a classroom teacher, I always liked ending my lessons with an activity where students would reflect on their learning experience. I would do this using exit slips, which students would write on torn sheets of paper. But times have changed and now almost every student has some sort of personal device. For that […]


How to Use Customized Stamps for Positive Feedback with SMART Ink

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Using fun stamps or stickers has always been a great way to provide students with positive feedback on classwork and homework. As students turn in more and more work online, it is nice to continue this practice with a digital tool you probably already have in your classroom. SMART Ink (part of SMART Notebook) provides […]


Free Webinar Feb 16 – Digital Teaching and Learning with Nearpod

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On Thursday, February 16th at 4PM, Teq will be hosting a free webinar Digital Teaching and Learning with Nearpod. To register, click here Learn how to engage your students with interactive lessons and better your mobile assessment techniques with Nearpod! Let Teq’s PD instructors show you the ins and outs of this interactive learning tool […]


Lost in Translation? Check out the Improved Google Translate

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We’ve all been there before. Anyone who’s ever tried to learn another language, understand a foreign expression, or read a message and respond in a language other than your own, has experienced their message being lost in translation. From slang and informal language to “exceptions to the rule,” having a language barrier can be frustrating. […]


How To Use Google Cast for Education to Screen Share Devices to your SMART Board

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Google Cast for Education is a free app that allows teachers and students to turn their devices into wireless projectors or receivers. Using Google Cast, users can share their screen on interactive whiteboards or to other devices. Want to give it a try? Watch the video below to see how it works with a Chromebook. […]


Sign up today for a free webinar on STEM practices, funding strategies, and teaching styles

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As 2017 kicks off, more and more schools are looking for new and exciting ways to strengthen STEM initiatives in their schools. To help with that effort, the team at STEM Fuse will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, January 24th, at 9AM ET. The webinar will cover STEM practices, funding strategies, and teaching […]


LabDisc – Changing the Way K-12 Students Collect and Analyze Data

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At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, the 5th-grade students of Citrus Elementary (located in Vero Beach, Florida) were introduced to a new way of collecting data. The district introduced a pilot program of the Labdisc Gensci—a K-12 science tool that comes equipped with more than 10 wireless sensors to create a complete lab […]


What’s New in Notebook 16.2

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Just released—the latest version of the SMART Learning Suite, 16.2! With 16.2, SMART has made changes to some of our favorites including SMART lab, SMART Math Tools, and the Equation Editor with Geogebra. With this update, SMART also introduced integration with Google Classroom, and updated Flash items on the Mac. To see the updates made […]


iPad Coding Apps for Younger Students

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Learning the fundamentals of coding provides students with skills that will serve them well in virtually any career they choose. Through coding, students build essential literacy skills, gain an understanding of logic and sequence, and learn the mechanics of iteration. From our own experience teaching in the classroom, introducing your students to coding early on is […]


Interacting on a SMART Board IFP with Your Chromebook

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Many schools are standardizing on Google Chromebooks for teacher and student use and because of this, we receive a lot of questions regarding the use of Chromebooks with SMART Board Interactive Flat Panel (IFP) Displays. In this post and accompanying video, you will learn how your SMART IFP is designed to work seamlessly with your […]


Visit Our Webinar Library!

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Our Professional Development team recently recorded six webinars that have now been archived to view any time! Take a look at the list below and don’t worry—you won’t need you library card for this visit. What’s New in Notebook 16.2 Our latest and greatest webinar reviews all of the newest features in SMART Notebook 16.2. […]


Upcoming January Courses for Teq Online PD

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Ah, January. The month where the fun of the holidays is behind us, and the bleakness of a winter sans Christmas lights becomes our chilly reality (at least for those of us living in colder climates). But we do have a way to ward off those winter blues—Teq Online PD!  With 11 courses including favorites like 20 Cool Things and […]


Emily’s Top 3 Apps for Social Skills in the Special Education Classroom

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As a special education teacher, I’ve seen various apps to help build students’ social skills and increase outcomes. However, there are three in particular that I’ve seen make a positive impact on my students. Available for any iOS device including the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone, these 3 apps are great for building social skills […]


4 Activities for Teq’s Winter Solstice Series!

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Welcome Winter with wonderful works!  While everyone is gearing up for final holiday preparations, a fantastic event may have been overlooked: The Winter Solstice (which just so happens to be TODAY, December 21)!  In case you missed it (at 5:44 AM Eastern Standard Time), the Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year) is an […]


Poll Everywhere: The Poll in Google Slides Edition

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One of the best ways of reaching an audience to poll them is to embed a survey tool inside of a presentation. In previous posts, we discussed how the Poll Everywhere (PE) application can be embedded on a PowerPoint presentation–thereby collecting data and responses from the audience. As noted in our previous e-Book, “Mobile and Web-Based Assessment” […]


Top 5 YouTube Resources for the Social Studies Classroom

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Today’s history class is a much different place than when I was in school. Back in the day, it was commonplace to find a teacher drawing battle formations on a transparency of Europe while adjusting the focus on their old circa-1992 projector. Now, new classroom technologies and free resources like YouTube have allowed teachers to say “buh-bye” to those old […]


Free Webinar Dec 19th! See What’s New In Notebook 16.2

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Join our PD Specialists for a free webinar, going live December 19th at 4PM! What’s New in Notebook 16.2. The latest version of the SMART Learning Suite, version 16.2, has been released and Teq’s PD team is here to share all of the latest features with you. Updates include: New interfaces and content management tools […]


Obtain your SMART Learning Suite Digital Certification with Teq’s In-person February Intensive Course

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Make the most of your February break by signing up for Teq’s 4-day intensive certification course. Over 4 days, learn how to leverage the SMART Learning Suite to create interactive engaging lessons for your students. Throughout the course we will cover: Best practices for curriculum development Technology integration Teaching and learning Assessment tools And more […]


December Courses with Teq Online PD

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This month, warm up with Teq Online PD as we tackle everything from game-based learning to new G Suite updates. To learn more, take a look at some of our favorite courses below. Game. Set. Learn! Been hearing a lot about the benefits of game-based learning and gamification lately? You’re not alone. These popular classroom techniques have […]


Saving Teachers Time

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“Wow I have a lot of extra time on my hands today,” said no teacher, ever. Let’s face it, teachers are busy. When I was a classroom teacher, I was lucky enough to get a bathroom break some days! And as if every day wasn’t a whirlwind already, now schools are expecting teachers to integrate more […]


Revealing Adobe Creative Cloud’s New Publishing Panel (beta) Premiere Pro is now adding Social

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Adobe has been in the video, editing, audio, motion, and  graphics world for about 25 years now. However, over the last few years Adobe has really dived into the passion of online video users, producers, creators, and editors. From hometown YouTube stars to celebrity video blogs, people everywhere have been changing the world of video […]


Educational Door Busters!

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5 classroom activities for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Looking for a great deal for your classroom during this short school week?  Consider incorporating a Black Friday/Cyber Monday inspired lesson!  As the excitement of the holiday season begins to take hold, it can sometimes be challenging for students (and teachers) to maintain their focus.  Take […]


12 Ways to Use Student Devices in Instruction

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The new SMART Learning Suite and SMART interactive flat panel displays offer several different ways to integrate student devices into instruction. As we learned from the Teaching, Technology, and Learning research conducted by Filigree Consulting, achieving successful outcomes for students comes from the combination of teaching best practices and frequent technology use. Here are 12 […]


“Sweet” Google Updates

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“G Suite” (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) streamlines classroom productivity Over the past ten years, Google has developed applications that have left a positive impact on the education field.  Apps like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides allow for collaborative opportunities and help K-12 students learn to cultivate digital citizenship skills!  Here at Teq, we […]


Exploring the 2016 Presidential Election and its Results with Newsela and SMARTamp

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The PD team here at Teq frequently advises educators to explore Newsela. In case you haven’t heard, Newsela (accessed via website or app) is a wonderful resource teachers can utilize to develop students’ literacy skills across all subject areas.  Teachers have the ability to alter the lexile level of articles based on students’ individual reading […]


Digital Assessments for the Classroom

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Assessments are an essential component in learning because they help the students learn, and provide the teacher with valuable data about student performance. Unfortunately, as many educators have experienced, grading assessments can take up a lot of valuable time. For that reason, we here at Teq are big fans of digital assessment. Digital assessments can be […]


2016 New Jersey Student Education Association Convention

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“The theme of Awareness Day 2016 is Creating Community. Beyond the four walls of the classroom, technology leverages powerful global collaboration, creating community. Demography is no longer destiny.The process of creativity, idea creation and innovation happens more powerfully when students, teachers and leaders collaborate. When schools work together, their potential is exponential. This year, NERIC’s […]


The Path to 270 – Interactive Electoral College Map

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We’re in the final hours of what’s felt like a never-ending election cycle. It’s been a whole four years since we last posted some resources for our readers to use in your classrooms. Fear not! We have you covered for at least tomorrow, where you and your students can analyze each candidate’s path to 270 […]


Five Instagram Accounts For the Science Classroom

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In today’s modern classroom, teachers may find it difficult to connect with their students who cannot stop looking at their phones. Rather than shun the use of such technology, teachers should embrace it and use it to their advantage in order to make their subject matter more exciting. To help, we’ve accumulated five Instagram accounts […]


LISTEMELA FALL CONFERENCE featuring SCIMEX

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Attendees of our Fall SCIMEX Conference will have the opportunity to select STEM focused workshops and visit vendor exhibits throughout the day. The day will kick off with a Keynote by Jonathan Gerlach from Discovery Education followed by four breakout sessions. This year we will have 18 workshops to choose from with more elementary and […]


ERAC’s Annual IT4K12 Conference 2016

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This ERAC member event is specifically geared to K-12 Information Technology & Education professionals. Focus is on the integration of technology and digital resources in the teaching and learning process, as well as technology infrastructure, management, security, networking, system management, and other technical areas. There are two concurrent programs: one for education professionals, the other […]


2016 NYSCATE Conference

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Heading to this year’s NYSCATE? So are we! Come meet us at booth #507 and have a hands-on experience with some of our favorite classroom technologies. Tell me again, what is NYSCATE? NYSCATE is an annual statewide conference attended by 1,500 attendees and 150+ exhibitors showcasing exemplary education applications of technology. Half and full-day hands-on workshops […]


Top 5 Websites for Coding

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Over the past 2 years, you may have noticed that coding has become a hot topic with school STEM initiatives. Unfortunately, many educators who have never done coding before don’t know how to approach this important skill with their students. Luckily, that is starting to becoming a problem of the past with numerous educational coding resources popping […]


Regional Technology Awareness Day 2016, Northeastern Regional Information Center

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The theme of Awareness Day 2016 is Creating Community. Beyond the four walls of the classroom, technology leverages powerful global collaboration, creating community. Demography is no longer destiny.The process of creativity, idea creation and innovation happens more powerfully when students, teachers and leaders collaborate. When schools work together, their potential is exponential. This year, NERIC’s […]


What is the Difference Between Gamification and Game-based Learning?

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Gamification is not a new concept, however it is often confused with game-based learning and playing games. As more educators begin to implement these two concepts into the classroom, we at Teq think it is important for educators and parents to know the differences between the two concepts, the benefits of creating lessons using gamification […]


edcampNYC 2016

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Edcamp is unlike any other professional development experience. First, there is NO SET SCHEDULE until the morning of the event. As attendees arrive, they can post topics to the empty session board. (We have examples of session boards from previous years to give you an idea of the types of conversations held.) Second, you get […]


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