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TechDay 2017 – Takeaways and Resources for Parents and Teachers

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On April 18th, I attended TechDay, the US’s largest event for startup companies. Startups strive to bring innovative ideas to the masses, however, often times their path to success is very difficult. According to a 2015 Forbes Entrepreneur Blog, 9 out of 10 startups fail. TechDay aims to improve that statistic by increasing networking opportunities amongst this group. This […]


5 Things You Need to Know About SMART amp

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As an early adopter of SMART amp, of course, it is to be expected that I would shout from the rooftops about how amazing it is. (Do you hear that faint noise behind you? Yes, that is my euphoric shouting about SMART amp.) SMART amp is a collaborative workspace that allows students to be in […]


EdTech in Focus – Reminder for May 5th Event!

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This is a reminder! See you Friday, May 5th!  Our team is ready for you. Below is the EdTech in Focus event itinerary consisting of a full day of Professional Development, vendor, presentations, networking, and more! Event Information: Friday May 5th, 2017 9:00am – 3:00pm at NVAA Media Center 1690 Stelton Road Piscataway, NJ 08854 […]


Pinterest for Teachers

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As a former science teacher, I had the challenge to make science fun for middle schoolers. Having a creative, crafty, and artistic personality, I thought “this would be a breeze.” Man, was I mistaken. How can I make “the theory of tectonic plates” interesting? How will my students stay motivated when learning about rocks and […]


Download our Earth Day-Inspired Labdisc eBook

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This Earth Day, Explore Your World. Earth Day is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by going outside! For some subjects, that may be easy (for example, ELA classes could head outside to read or write nature-inspired poetry). But for others, like science, that may be a bit more difficult. […]


What Beyoncé Did Not Mention About Teacher Support

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We know Queen Bee can have “another you in a minute” (and yes, they’d be there in a minute), but the singer-songwriter forgot to mention the truly irreplaceable thing in today’s machine-driven world—human customer service. No, I don’t want to press “7” to hear the menu again! I’d like to speak to a representative, please. […]


How to Change Your Name in Google Classroom

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After working with countless numbers of teachers who wish to take full advantage of the G Suite for Education app of Google Classroom, there has been a nagging concern for some—how do I change my name in Google Classroom to have it list as Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss/Dr., etc? G+ and Google Classroom The way for any educator with […]


Export Quizzes from Google Docs to Google Forms with Formenate

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We have found an add-on that can help alleviate some of the time it takes to create surveys or quizzes. Although in its current form, it does not allow you to import question sets (from Docs, or Word docs, etc.), it can export to Google Forms. Google Forms is great for getting a formative and/or summative measure of student […]


Teq Sponsors Black Girls Code Event at Google Headquarters!

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On Saturday, April 8th, my colleague and I attended a Teq-sponsored event at Google Headquarters hosted by Black Girls Code, an organization built on the mission of increasing the number of women of color in STEM fields. 30 girls ages 7-12 attended this event and learned how to use Google Blocky and SmartGurlz robots. I […]


Google Newspaper as a Resource for Research

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Did you know that the first publication for the computer community was known as “Computer World?” It went into print in 1967 and ran stories related to program languages, such as ADPAC, and its ability to compete and out-perform languages like COBAL. How do I know all of this? Google Newspapers (https://news.google.com/newspapers)—the amazing resource where you […]


Ed Tech in Focus Event

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Join us Friday, May 5th, 2017 Enable greater student success by pairing SMART Boards and Chromebooks. To see how these tools work together to create new levels of engagement, collaboration, and teamwork register for Ed Tech In Focus Event. Event Information: Friday, May 5th, 2017 from 9:00am – 3:00pm at the NVAA Media Center 1690 […]


How-To: Free Fall Activity with Labdisc

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In last week’s post, we learned about how the GlobiLab software makes data analysis immediate and effortless. Today, you will learn how to use the award winning Labdisc and the GlobiLab software to teach your students about gravity with the Labdisc Free Fall Activity. This experiment will help you educate your students about Sir Isaac Newton’s […]


4 Ways to Approach STEAM Initiatives – Findings from Long Island’s STEAM Committee

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During the first Long Island STEAM Committee meeting, attendees discussed how to incorporate STEAM principles across all subject areas. The Long Island STEAM Committee met on April 3rd at the South Huntington District Office to continue the conversation and further discuss district STEAM initiatives and the implementation challenges being faced. STEAM innovators from South Huntington, […]


Teq Expands Google Chromebook Professional Development to Meet Growing Demand

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Teq rolls out new professional development courses for teachers and administrators to support growing K12 Chromebook implementations. Teq (www.teq.com) has increased its number of online and onsite Professional Development courses focused on the effective use of Chromebooks in the classroom. Courses were added to meet the increased popularity of the devices in K12 classrooms. Since being introduced to the market in 2011, the Chromebook has […]


Using Sound in SMART Notebook Lesson Pages

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Looking for an easy way to add some excitement to your lessons? Try adding sound files to your SMART Notebook lessons. Frequently used by elementary teachers to help students learn new words and vocabulary, this easy-to-use feature can also benefit older students, as well.   Helping Auditory Learners Consider this— we encourage our students to […]


Labdisc: A Breakdown of the GlobiLab Software

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Last week we reviewed how easy it is to get started with Labdisc, the award-winning data logger. In this post, we will break down the different segments of the GlobiLab software (the software that makes data analysis immediate and effortless). Let’s Break it Down The GlobiLab software is broken up into 4 simple segments—file management, graphing manipulative’s, […]


Top 7 Edutainment and Entertainment Games to Use in Your Classroom from PAX East 2017

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The Growth of Edutainment and Entertainment Games in the Classroom Recently, we attended PAX East 2017 in Boston, MA. While it was clear the most popular games involved VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality), we also saw significant growth in edutainment (or entertaining educational games) and using entertainment games for educational purposes.  As seen in this […]


How SD-WAN Improves School Networks and Manages Bandwidth

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With the rise of personal devices, digital curriculum, and online assessments, schools are experiencing a growing need for bandwidth management. According to the 2015 Annual E-Rate and Infrastructure Survey conducted by CoSN (The Consortium for School Networking), over 68 percent of schools would not have sufficient bandwidth to accommodate their students by October of 2016. Some schools have confronted this issue by […]


Getting Started with Labdisc

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In last week’s post, we reviewed what Labdisc is, how it works, and what it can do for you. For this week’s post, we will be reviewing how easy it is to get started with Labdisc, the award-winning data logger. Labdisc eliminates the time-consuming aspects of running a science experiment in the classroom. Its built-in […]


Tinkercad and STEAM: 3D Design and Printing

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  3D Printing and Tinkercad One of the more popular activities to emerge for STEAM education initiatives is 3D Printing. 3D printing is simply the use of a 3D printer in combination with a modeling software. To aid in the creation of the design there is a number of different user-friendly, cloud-based software, also known […]


3 Quick Ways to Enhance Your Old Lessons Using SMART Notebook

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Often when new technologies come along, it can feel like a hassle to take materials that are tried and true—materials that you’ve used for many years— and change them completely to suit the newest technology. Luckily, with SMART Notebook, you don’t have to change everything that you have created in Word or PowerPoint. Instead, you […]


Labdisc 101: What it is and What it Can Do for You

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Lately we’ve been experiencing increased interest in Labdisc, the award-winning data loggers, and how they help teachers and students execute science experiments. Over the next 5 weeks, we will highlight different key features of Labdisc and how it can be used in the classroom. For this week’s post, we will review what Labdisc is, how […]


Pi Day Resources for your Classroom

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Calling all math lovers – Pi Day is here! For those of you snowed in like me, here’s your chance to check out some Pi-themed activities that you can try in your class tomorrow. PiDay.org  – Learning Resources  PiDay.org features videos of creative, funny, and impressive Pi content including a Pi-Day countdown, Pi sightings from […]


What is CTLE-Approved PD and What it Can Do For You

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What is CTLE-Approved PD? In March of 2016, the New York State Board of Regents adopted a new State Law focused on the quality of Professional Development educators receive. According to the law, during each five-year registration period of a permanent or professional teaching certification, an educator has to complete 100 hours of CTLE-approved professional development in order to practice in a […]


Google Tips and Tricks: Protecting Your Information

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If you’re an avid Internet user like myself, there’s a good chance you juggle many different web passwords at any given moment, which can often be frustrating to memorize and manage. Thanks to tools like Google’s Smart Lock, the need to memorize passwords has become a thing of the past while protecting your personal information […]


How to Use the ShowMe App to Display Student Work

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When students create and share via their classroom devices, amazing things can happen! Whether practicing their non-fiction writing skills or demonstrating learning in Math, the “ShowMe” app for teachers and students is a powerful tool for creating presentations, video tutorials, or recorded lessons. Results can be shared from student to student, from teacher to a class, […]


Teq’s CTLE-Approved Professional Development Reaches More Teachers Than Ever Before

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  Huntington Station, New York  (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Teq is pleased to announce that since September of 2016, Teq Online PD has experienced a steady increase of usage, with 25k educators receiving full access to the CTLE-approved courses, and another 19k educators with basic accounts that provide access to selected and free content. The largest […]


Expert Takeaways from Long Island’s STEAM Committee

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We all know that STEAM is the future of education. But what we don’t know is the answer to one common question—how can we incorporate STEAM principles across all subject areas? Redesigning the Curriculum To help answer that question, Teq created the Long Island STEAM Committee. The first meeting was held in mid-February and it was […]


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 […]


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