HUNTINGTON STATION, New York, May 14
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
A little more than 40 years ago, Teq sprouted up in an Oyster Bay barn as a professional development company; it grew and grew.
Last year, the company announced a partnership to extend its reach across New York State with the distribution of SMART Technologies Inc. software; it kept growing.
Now, the Huntington Station-based company is extending its reach farther than it has ever before.
On April 28, Teq officials announced yet another agreement with SMART Technologies – a Canadian company best known for its SMART Board technology – that will allow Teq to distribute professional development and educational technology software solutions to K-12 classrooms nationwide through select SMART reseller partners.
“With the ever-changing nature of educational technology, it is more important than ever for teachers to have access to the latest software and professional development that supports the fusion of technology and learning,” Chris Hickey, president of Teq, said in a press release.
The touchstone product for the partnership is Teq Unlimited, which provides students, teachers and administrators unlimited access to the complete SMART Software Suite along with a subscription to Teq’s Online Professional Development (PD) courses, all under a single license that is priced on a per student basis.
SMART’s Software Suite is comprised of SMART Notebook 15, Notebook Advantage and the SMART amp collaborative learning platform.
Teq Online PD courses are broadcast live and in person on the internet and provide a format where educators can interact with instructors during one-hour courses – such as Google Apps for Education, using iPads in the classroom and Microsoft 365 – that intend to further develop teachers professionally.
“With these new reseller partners, we are offering schools a convenient way to purchase the world’s leading classroom collaboration software, SMART Notebook, and the award-winning SMART amp software as part of Teq Unlimited, along with our expert professional development,” Hickey said.
Hickey said that Teq has hired 20 software sales specialists to further the demand for software available through the partnership in hopes of fulfilling orders across North America.
“Teq is one of our most successful and experienced resellers in the U.S. They’ve recognized that the powerful combination of our software suite with best-in-class professional development is the ideal way to unlock the true potential of SMART classroom solutions, enabling students to collaborate and learn in ways that are natural and intuitive,” Greg Estell, president of education for SMART, said in the release.
Teq Unlimited is being distributed nationwide to K-12 schools exclusively by Teq.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, May 14, 2015; A10)