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5 Tips For Good Digital Citizenship

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Being educators, we try to instill the best habits and practices to our young students, not only in the real world but also in the virtual one as well. As we become a more global society, we can’t deny the fact that children are online. According to a 2015 study published by the Pew Research […]


Creating a Sustainable Future

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Last month, we shared a few of our favorite ways SMART amp can be used in your classroom with the 5 Things You Can Do with SMART amp. This month, we wanted to share with you how SMART amp can be used to help students discover their inner greatness—which is what happened to the fifth-grade students of […]


3 iPad Apps For Children with Autism

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For many students with autism, communication can be a struggle. Luckily, finding tools to help has become easier as educational apps rise in popularity. To help, we’ve compiled 3 of our favorites that are designed to help strengthen your students’ communication skills and their ability to read and express emotions. Here are 3 free iPad apps for […]


More Than Youtube for Google Slides

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When Google Slides first became popular, the original design allowed for users to create simplified presentations. Yet over time, Slides has developed into more than just a basic presentation tool. With Slides, you can add animations and transitions on and between slides, but now, you can also add video content without hassle. Although adding Youtube content may not be new to […]


Let Teq Treat You at This Year’s ISTE Conference!

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  Please note: Our dinners are currently full. You can still RSVP to be placed on the waitlist. We will let you know if a spot has become available one week prior to ISTE. Our apologies for the inconvenience. We still have open availability for our Fogo De Chao cocktail hour! We look forward to seeing you […]


A Solution for Apps that are Slowing Down Your Network

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What applications take up the most bandwidth in your school? The answer may surprise you.  As much as we’d like to think education apps like your online testing platform or Discovery Education take up the majority of school district’s bandwidth, for many schools, systems are dominated by apps like Snapchat and Facebook. That was the case […]


Teacher Appreciation Week – Resource Roundup!

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This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and to celebrate, we wanted to round up some of our favorite blog posts and free resources for teachers. Time Savers for Teachers Voice Grading with Talk and Comment – Learn how to save time on student assessments with the Talk and Comment widget for Google. Pinterest for Teachers – […]


Voice Grading with Talk & Comment

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Now that we are in the era of cloud-based teaching and learning (think: G-Suite, Classroom, Edmodo, etc.), it’s important to consider how the workflow from student to teacher gets managed.  While it is wonderful to strive to be paperless, it takes a tremendous amount of effort to enable students to turn in work digitally and […]


3 Great STEM Apps for Younger Students

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As a teacher who has worked within the general education setting and in a self-contained classroom, I’ve seen various resources to help teach STEM. These resources include apps that you can easily purchase from your preferred app store. If you are looking for fun STEM apps to add to your classroom devices, we have found […]


Unlocking the Potential of Young Inventors with 3D Printing

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Finding Your Inner Inventor The teachers of Long Island’s Longwood Middle School have been working on bringing out the inner inventor in each of their students. To help with that, they invited Inventor Coach and Teq’s own Director of Inside Sales, Brian Fried, to discuss the invention process with the students. “How many of you are inventors?” […]


4 Essential Google Docs Add-Ons for Better Writers

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Support your students and help them improve their writing assignments with these 4 Google Doc add-ons. EasyBib Great For: Essays for any subject Help your students give credit where credit is due with EasyBib! Easy Bib is a bibliography citation generator that includes over 7,000 format styles such as APA, MLA, Chicago, and Harvard! When […]


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, June 22nd

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Join us Thursday, June 22nd, 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: Thursday June 22nd, 2017  from 9:00am – 2:00pm at the Ann A. Mullen Middle School […]


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 […]


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