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PAX East 2018 Highlights
April 20, 2018

If I had to choose a word to sum up Pax East 2018, it would be “Madness.”  With over 12,000 attendees per day, 500 miles traveled, 4 full conference days, and 1 Teq Curriculum Specialist (that’s me!)—it was a conference to remember. Founded by the creators of Penny Arcade, PAX is a series of gaming […] 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

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

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

#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

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

TechDay 2017 – Takeaways and Resources for Parents and Teachers
April 26, 2017

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 […] Read More

Teq Sponsors Black Girls Code Event at Google Headquarters!
April 12, 2017

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 […] Read More

Top 7 Edutainment and Entertainment Games to Use in Your Classroom from PAX East 2017
March 27, 2017

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 […] Read More

Google Tips and Tricks: Protecting Your Information
March 6, 2017

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 […] Read More

How To Use Google Cast for Education to Screen Share Devices to your SMART Board
January 20, 2017

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. […] Read More

Saving Teachers Time
November 29, 2016

“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 […] Read More

What is the Difference Between Gamification and Game-based Learning?
November 3, 2016

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 […] Read More

Integrating Technology into Physical Education Classes
October 5, 2016

When I was younger I could always expect to play dodgeball, kickball, or some other form of a team sport when going to Phys Ed class. However, there were the occasional days when we would practice running a timed mile for the physical fitness test, but that wasn’t nearly often enough for me, as woman […] Read More

The Benefits of Using Augmented Reality in Early Childhood Education
September 12, 2016

There has been a lot of buzz lately about interactive games that use augmented reality, and while these games are a lot of fun I wonder what applications this technology may have in the early childhood ed classroom. Augmented reality (AR) is the simultaneous interaction of the virtual and real world with the use of […] Read More

Gaming in the Classroom
August 22, 2016

We’ve all been in the situation where we are playing a game and we realize that our opponent is doing really well, perhaps too well. Suspicion slowly creeps in, “Is this still a fair game?” It’s at that point that I usually walk away because a level of trust has been broken. Gameplay has rules, […] Read More

“Have you heard the BUZZ?” What’s New in the SMART Learning Suite 16.1
August 18, 2016

        There’s quite a bit of buzz here at Teq and that’s because SMART released the latest version of their learning suite, 16.1 earlier this week! There are several new features that we have already had a taste of and we are excited to now share them with you! SMART lab: In addition to […] Read More