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Teq Brings the Future Into the Classroom

Huntington Station company blends teaching, technology in quest for a better educational experience.

The name Teq almost says it all. Not quite, though.

The Huntington Station-based company blends technology and classroom expertise, working to improve classroom learning through the smart use of technology.

Teq people are the ones who turn up at school board meetings and school ribbon cuttings with sample teaching lessons, maybe some small catapults, computers, whatever it takes to convey their message. And robots, definitely the robots.

Wednesday, they’ll be at Stimson, unwrapping one of the little Nao robots, which have created a buzz at presentations in the Huntington and South Huntington districts.  Assisting with the unwrapping will be some roboteer students who are all graduates of the Silas Wood 6th Grade STEM Academy, which , Silalast year was named Long Island’s first middle school STEM Career Academy by the Long Island STEM Hub.

The company had the good timing and dexterity to get in front of the converging ideas of training students better to use technology and training the teachers in its use.

Its roots were in roots in vocational education. But as some funding for vocational ed began to fade, and noticing the interest in smartboards it used at trade shows, the company pivoted to developing the technology itself. Founded and operated out of a barn in Oyster Bay 40 years ago, the company began outgrowing its space and moved to Farmingdale and finally its current site, a former New Balance factory, on Norden Lane in Huntington Station.

Now the company has employees in technology, graphics, sales and other fields, including almost 40 state-certified teachers, all with experience in classrooms.

Chris Nelson, director of strategic alliances, said the company works with about 700 school districts, including Huntington, South Huntington, Deer Park, Amityville, Massapequa, Roslyn, Central Isilp and Levittown, figuring out what districts need and how to use classroom technology. 

“There is a ‘things and stuff',” Nelson said, when “the teachers get something new, they get excited. We spend time on what they can do with it, not on the technology itself.”

The company provides onsite courses and workshops for teachers, videoconferencing, web-based seminars and assistance to districts to match program needs with technological abilities.

“i think in all of the different trends, it’s boiling down to one main theme, creating personal learning environments,” Nelson said. “They are a challenge for teachers. Moving forward, we want to specialize in strategies to customize and individualize learning.

“As we get more mobile in our communities, how do teachers continue to be highly effective to engage students to know what's in their world. That's why we've looked at solutions, we might look at technology a different way.”

The company has expanded into New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware and expects to continue to grow beyond its 250-person staff.
Ron September 18, 2013 at 05:02 AM
...and? Great marketing by Teq and wasteful spending of taxpayers money by another school district. An electronic chalkboard and plastic robot that will end up in a school closet broken and forgotten by the 2014. Technology is fleeting and never has a study been done that shows where children who use these "new and forward thinking" toys learn more and get better grades.
Sue September 18, 2013 at 06:46 AM
While we certainly appreciate the tax benefits of local business, the employees are somewhat wreckless in their race through the neighborhood to get to work in the morning. Also, it seems the lot does not provide enough parking. Since Teq moved in there are a lot more cars parked in the street.
Lynn September 18, 2013 at 08:52 AM
Technology is fleeting?? I beg to differ, technology is growing more and more. Didn't Huntington hospital just perform their first robotic operation? This is the way of the future, I'm glad Huntington has been blessed with a head start!!
Mark Palios September 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Technology is fleeting ... why don't you call and ask the abacus manufacturer on the nearest pay phone what he thinks of that statement. Every sector of the economy that has embraced technology has made tremendous advances in efficiency. The only sector where technology hasn't made tremendous inroads is in education, this is the start of something that is going to benefit our children and they inturn will benefit our society. Think big Ron, there is wasteful government spending I can agree with you there but this is not it.
Bill L. September 18, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Technology may be fleeting Ron but it doesn't matter because there is zero accountability for technowaste. Taxpayers just get fooled into thinking companies such as Teq are great assets to districts and students. Administrators get to put it on their resumes, teachers get to play with technogadgets, kids get to watch and make believe they give a hoot and we get a free ugly calendar laden with Teq advertisement. Nice.
Patrick Aievoli September 23, 2013 at 07:11 AM
Techno waste occurs in the mind not in the classroom. Been teaching for 25 years with technology as best i could. The waste happens between the ears of the person responsible for using the technology not in a plastic device. Probably the biggest concern for Nao, the robot? The AFT is trying to figure out how to get it tenure before its batteries die.

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