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Math-Infused 3D Printing
May 17, 2019

Sometimes the “M” in STEM is treated as an afterthought. So how can we do a better job infusing mathematical concepts into STEM programs? You can join our ISTE 2019 session to learn two great techniques! Math-Infused 3D Printing: Tessellations and Volume Models with Tinkercad “Math-Infused 3D Printing: Tessellations and Volume Models with Tinkercad” will […] Read More

Using 3D Shapes in GeoGebra
April 17, 2019

What is GeoGebra GeoGebra is a fantastic application/program/tool that math teachers can use to create and demonstrate math concepts in an interactive 2D or 3D environment. As many of you know, SMART Notebook has an embedded widget so that teachers can put a GeoGebra window into their lesson pages. Students can then come up to […] Read More

Stressed with Exams? Building a Toolkit for Student Anxiety
April 10, 2019

It’s that time of year — the time when students are taking their elementary and middle school state tests, while high school students are looking to begin preparing for their Regents exams. For students (and their teachers!) it is an admittedly stressful time. It’s our job as teachers to help our students cope with the […] Read More

Pinterest… An Educational Resource?
April 2, 2019

In case you’re new to Pinterest Pinterest is a social media platform which people use to search, save, and learn different things through visuals and images. It can be anything from designs in fashions, wedding decor, events, architecture and furniture, recipes, to tips for good health. However, Pinterest can also be a valuable educational resource […] Read More

Best Practices for Introducing micro:bit to Your Students
March 25, 2019

Where do I start? If you have never used it before, micro:bit can be a bit intimidating (yet incredibly exciting!) for a teacher to introduce to their students. Microsoft’s Make Code software makes it a little less intimidating with its block-based coding format. If you’re familiar with Google Blockly or MIT’s Scratch, it’s a very […] Read More

All About Fluency Tutor for Google
March 15, 2019

Assessing reading fluency with Fluency Tutor Fluency Tutor is a fantastic solution to help the busy ELA, Language, and English teacher evaluate and assess his or her students’ ability to read aloud, deal with language and vocabulary, and practice timing and inflection. This website and Chrome extension help automate an essential, but time-consuming task for […] Read More

Top Ways to Enhance Your Lesson in SMART Learning Suite Online
February 20, 2019

When I talk to most teachers, they are familiar with SMART Notebook software. They know how to make shapes, how to use their SMART Ink over Word documents and websites, and most fun of all, they know how to make SMART lab activities. One of the biggest game-changers that teachers don’t know about yet is […] Read More

2 Ways to Incorporate Forms into Your Google Classroom
February 13, 2019

Google Forms and Google Classroom are fantastic tools for educators – read the blog below to learn two great ways to help them better integrate with each other in your classroom. How to import pre-existing Google Forms (and grades!) into Google Classroom If you’ve used Forms in the past, you’ve most likely found out the […] Read More

Top 7 Tools in the SMART Notebook Toolbar
February 4, 2019

The SMART Notebook Toolbar Inside each SMART Notebook lesson file is a top toolbar full of tools that teachers can employ. This toolbar can be customized, making our favorite tools easily accessible, and putting away the ones we don’t use regularly. This blog lists our 7 favorite tools (and a bonus!) – but first, here’s […] Read More

10 Favorite Google Tips and Tricks
January 17, 2019

Are you ready for some Google tips and tricks? Here are some of our favorites! Google might be your search engine of choice, but do you know any of these tricks below? From instant weather reports, to stopwatch features, to helpful research tips, read below for some of our favorite Google hacks! 1. Did you […] Read More

Makerspace Activities That Lead to Robotics
January 10, 2019

What is a Makerspace? “Makerspaces” are a hot topic in education. They’re also one of the most important places where students can learn applicable skills with real, tangible materials in front of them. Most teachers who create makerspaces include a good bit of “making,” be it with wood, plastic, recyclable material, or everyday objects. Then, […] Read More

Introducing Student Sign-ins for SMART Learning Suite
December 28, 2018

The latest SMART release enables individual student sign-ins for SMART Learning Suite With SMART’s latest release for SMART Learning Suite, students now have the ability to log in to SMART activities with either a Google or Microsoft email. This allows students to engage with any activity that’s delivered through SMART Learning Suite, or enabled with […] Read More

How to Enable Closed Captioning in Google Slides
December 21, 2018

Let your voice be seen in Google Slides! Within the last few weeks, Google has pushed out a new feature into their apps without much fanfare. And this new one is a cool one: live closed captioning in Google Slides. Closed captioning is the ability to have text appear from the spoken word to assist […] Read More

Adobe Spark Post in the Classroom
December 18, 2018

What is Adobe Spark Post? Adobe Spark Post is a fun, quick, and easy way to create great looking graphics. This free program allows teachers and students to make stunning images without any previous design experience. It’s also available as an app for iPads and Chromebooks making it a very accessible tool for the classroom. […] Read More

Top micro:bit Projects for Students
December 11, 2018

Introducing micro:bit Micro:bit, supplied by SparkFun, is one of the coolest new tools to get students engaged hands-on with Computer Science. The micro:bit is a small, programmable computer that allows students to learn to code while also creating fun projects as a result of that code. In the Teq offices, we have had a lot […] Read More

SMART Notebook Tricks and Tips: Breaking the Shape
December 10, 2018

Have you discovered the “break the shape” trick? Most people who use SMART Notebook regularly in their teaching know how to resize any shape or picture as an object on their lesson pages. Simply click once on the object and diagonally drag the silver resize button found in the lower right corner. Done this way, […] Read More

Two More Reasons to Like SMART iQ
November 30, 2018

Do you use the latest SMART iQ appliance in your 6000-, 7000-, or 8000-series SMART interactive flat panel (IFP)? If the answer is yes, we’ve got two more reasons to like it. What are they? Two reasons, two words: mouse and keyboard. Keeping Your Classroom Technology Future-Ready When SMART first released their IFPs, they were […] Read More

Top Activities to Try with Your Labdisc
November 19, 2018

Grab Your Labdisc and Get Ready to Experiment! Got a Labdisc? Don’t know what a Labdisc is? It’s a scientific data logger for collecting your data during experiments – and a great classroom tool. With Labdisc, all of your sensors can be stored in one place: on the Labdisc! Check out these great experiments to […] Read More

What’s New in Google Classroom?
November 14, 2018

Updates to Google Classroom Google Classroom, in conjunction with the entire Google suite, is such a powerful tool. Whether in one-to-one settings or in a blended learning environment, the classroom platform streamlines, organizes, and coordinates both the teachers’ and students’ materials, assignments, and assessments. Google Classroom is frequently adding new features to the Classroom platform. […] Read More

[NYSCATE 2018] Furnished for Success
November 13, 2018

Think back to the classrooms where you spent your schooling. Were you seated in desk rows or were you situated at a round table with your classmates? Did the chairs have tennis balls on the bottoms of the legs to help cut down on the scraping noises of adjusting seats? And how much time, if […] Read More

How to Tag Your Files and Folders in Google Drive
November 8, 2018

Organizing Your Google Drive As you work in Google Drive, your list of files will grow and grow. Thankfully, Google Drive gives you many options to organize your drive. Most people use folders for organization. You can also use features like stars and changing the color of files or folders to organize and quickly find […] Read More

[NYSCATE 2018] Making History with STEM

Did you know that that Rochester, the home of the NYSCATE 2018 conference, is also home of the Kodak Film Company? In 1888, Rochester, businessman and innovator George Eastman established his famous company’s headquarters immediately following the patent and release of his new Kodak Box Camera — the first camera designed specifically for rolls of […] Read More

What Does it Mean for an IFP to be Certified Conflict-Free?
November 7, 2018

Is Your Classroom Technology Certified Conflict-Free? Is the interactive display or interactive flat panel (IFP) in your classroom certified conflict-free? Socially responsible companies like SMART make the investment in this certification. Continue reading to learn what it means to have conflict-free technology. What are Conflict Minerals? Conflict minerals are the ores of tin, tungsten, tantalum, […] Read More

[NYSCATE 2018] Get Hands-On with Robotics!
November 5, 2018

An Introduction to Educational Robots When I was a kid, the closest thing I had to an educational robot was Teddy Ruxpin — an animatronic bear whose sole function was to “read” you stories that were played on a cassette tape. As the cassette played, his mouth and eyes moved, and when left alone in […] Read More

SMART Learning Suite vs. Oktopus Software
October 19, 2018

Leading the Way with Educational Solutions The purpose of any product or service is to solve a problem – and no matter the problem, being the first to come up with a solution always gives you an advantage over the competition. You have the unique opportunity to test it out, gather and analyze customer feedback, […] Read More

Turn Paper into Digital Ink with the SMART InkScan App
October 16, 2018

It seems like there’s an app for everything, but up until a few months ago, there were no educational apps that connected scanned images to interactive classroom displays. Then, the SMART InkScan app was released. Created by SMART Technologies, the SMART InkScan app is a great tool for mobile devices. For those who do not […] Read More

MakerBot Exclusive Offer: Buy 4 + Get 1 Free
October 11, 2018

Get one (1) free MakerBot Replicator+™ when you buy four (4) Replicator+ 3D printers with any MakerCare Protection Plan. The MakerBot Replicator+™ Desktop 3D printer offers the simplest setup experience and easiest-to-use software for fast and easy 3D printing. With the purchase of four (4) Replicator+™ 3D printers you will receive one (1) free Replicator+ […] Read More

Mulberry Middle School and the Autonomous Car (Part 4)
October 10, 2018

The story of iBlocks, as told by: Vivian Hope, Science Teacher* Where do I start? The pioneer year of our autonomous car iBlock is complete, and it was a resounding success. I couldn’t be happier with the entire experience. Yes, we were really gratified to see a bump in test scores for the students that […] Read More

Top 3 Google Add-ons and Extensions for English Teachers

We’ve done some research to help all of the awesome English teachers out there. Here are some of Teq’s favorite Google add-ons and extensions – they can make all of the reading, commenting, and assessing English teachers do on a daily basis a little bit easier, and more streamlined. These aren’t all the resources out […] Read More

How to Make Tessellation Tiles Using Holes & Duplicates in Tinkercad
October 5, 2018

Are you ready for a great classroom 3D printing and design project? In the project outlined below, we’ll show you how to use Tinkercad (or a similar 3D design program) to create tessellation tiles that will increase your students’ literacy with CAD software — and at the same time, create printable learning aids that teach […] Read More

Mulberry Middle School and the Autonomous Car (Part 3)
September 28, 2018

The story of iBlocks, as told by: Otto McGuire, Computer Science Teacher* Hi everyone – I’m Otto McGuire and I’m a colleague of Ms. Hope at Mulberry Middle School. I teach Computer Science. Our school has been really active in recent Computer Science For All initiatives – that’s why they hired me. Over the last […] Read More

3 Ideas for Design Challenges Using a 3D Printer
September 26, 2018

You’ve purchased a 3D printer. You’ve had your students complete tutorials on CAD software. Now what? What’s the best way to built your students’ abilities on the software, and get them ready to create on their own? A great way to begin a 3D printing unit is to start a design challenge using a 3D […] Read More

Incorporating 3D Printing into Robotics for Education
September 25, 2018

3D Printing in the Robotics Industry 3D printing has recently been incorporated into the Robotics industry as a tool to enable faster, more affordable prototyping and customization of robots. It gives engineers the ability to quickly create, prototype, test, and modify different robot designs. For example, if there is an issue with the design, engineers […] Read More

Mulberry Middle School and the Autonomous Car (Part 2)
September 20, 2018

The story of iBlocks, as told by: Brianna Bryson, Seventh Grade Student* My name is Brianna, and I’m in seventh grade. I’m one of the lucky students that gets to be a part of Ms. Hope’s iBlock – although I’m not sure if I thought I was lucky at first. To start off, the iBlock […] Read More

Using HTML Widgets for SMART Notebook
September 19, 2018

When Adobe Flash No Longer Works in SMART Notebook... When SMART released the newest versions of SMART Notebook (16.2 and later), many users noticed that Adobe® Flash® ceased to function on Notebook pages. This led to a lot of stress about how to bring back the interactivity of those lessons with the new format. Well, […] Read More

Tips for Introducing Coding to Your Early Elementary Classroom

  “Not only is it important for children to start programming at a young age to prepare them for the booming computing workforce, but more importantly, coding provides a systematic way of thinking and language expression and communication. While coding, children learn to become better problem solvers, mathematicians, engineers, story tellers, inventors, and collaborators.” [1] […] Read More