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Virtual Tours and Augmented Reality with Google Arts and Culture
July 12, 2019

Through the arts we have a window into the values, perspectives, and capabilities of other people across time and space. Google Arts and Culture allows educators to bring works from around the world into their classrooms to enrich their pedagogy. The Google Arts and Culture website and app also utilize Google Maps and augmented reality […] Read More

How to Set Your SMART Board Handwriting Recognition for Spanish
July 10, 2019

Did you know your SMART Board can recognize Spanish? So you are a maestro o maestra de español and you are using your SMART Board’s text pen during class. What better way to help with the teaching process than by having your handwriting be recognized in Spanish text? Yes, SMART Notebook is able to recognize […] Read More

Vision Boards with Google Slides
July 8, 2019

Reimagining vision boards Whether you’re looking for a great summer activity or already storing away ideas for the next school year, we have a fun and engaging project to share that also incorporates…. Google Apps! Google Apps, while wonderful for those serious project-based learning (PBL) activities, can also be used for more light-hearted projects. In […] Read More

Tips for Wrapping Up Your School Year with Google
July 1, 2019

July is here, and with it, summer vacation! But, before you kick back and relax, taking some time to wrap up this year’s affairs will help set you up for success in the next school year. Here are some great ways to wrap up your school year with Google. Organize your Google Drive Consider creating […] Read More

What’s Up With My SMART Board?
June 24, 2019

Your iQ module on your SMART board just got updated! It brings with it some cool new features — but because there have been changes, a little bit of confusion, too. Luckily, we’ve got a quick resource to sort out the changes for you, so you can use the latest and greatest features to your […] Read More

Coding, Programming, Block-Based, Text-Based… What Does it All Mean?
June 17, 2019

STEM = new terms, words, and concepts The world of computer programming and coding can be confusing — and often intimidating. As schools continue to incorporate STEM into their curriculum, there are many new words and concepts that are often used, and sometimes misused. Whether you are a teacher looking to add to your curriculum, […] Read More

Bloxels and Makey Makey: A Match Made in Heaven
June 7, 2019

Bloxels + Makey Makey Looking for a fun project to sky rocket student engagement while keeping the students tipped into STEM topics? Look no further than Bloxels and Makey Makey. One of the coolest new STEAM education products on the market, Bloxels allows students to color code with physical color blocks, game boards, character and […] Read More

Ideas to Help Create an ELL-Friendly Classroom
May 30, 2019

We live in a multicultural world with a variety of languages, and more than likely you have a student (or several) in your class whose first language isn’t English. The challenge for us educators then lies in creating an environment where ELL students are comfortable, can understand what is going on in the classroom, and […] Read More

Putting the “A” in STEAM at ISTE

Putting the “A” in STEAM: Process Art in Early Education “Putting the A in STEAM, Process Art in Early Education” will be held on Monday, June 24 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at ISTE. The session room is 120BC. ISTE People’s Choice winner. In this interactive lecture participants will explore the how to incorporate technology […] Read More

Inspirational PD at the Liberty Science Center
May 22, 2019

On Thursday, May 16th, New York and New Jersey educators gathered at the Liberty Science Center for an exciting day of professional development delivered by SMART and Teq. “Create Inspiring Classroom Experiences with SMART” was attended by over 120 administrators and teachers focused on leveraging technology to improve instruction. Fabulous group of educators/leaders facilitated by […] Read More

Exploring EdTech Partnerships at ISTE 2019
May 20, 2019

Are EdTech certifications or partnerships worthwhile for teachers and schools? What are the benefits? What is most effective for PD for creating a vibrant PLN? We’ll explore some of the most effective ways schools and companies have partnered to bring the best for both with a panel at the 2019 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia. ISTE […] Read More

Math-Infused 3D Printing at ISTE
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