New distribution deal in hand, Teq looks to bulk up

Teq's Chris HickeyTeq President Chris Hickey: The educational software firm is hiring in support of a new distribution deal.

BY GREGORY ZELLER // Teq, the Huntington-based educational software firm, is about to go on a hiring spree after announcing a new international distribution deal.

A producer of innovative classroom technology and software solutions focused on 21st century instruction, Teq announced Tuesday it had entered into a distribution agreement with SMART Technologies, an Alberta, Canada-based supplier of innovative business and education technologies.

The deal will allow Teq to distribute its professional development and educational technology software to K-12 classrooms through the United States and North America through select SMART reseller partners. The partnership will also focus on the distribution of Teq Unlimited, a collaborative software package combining various products produced by the two companies.

Teq has recently added 20 sales positions to handle U.S. orders, but will be adding an additional 40 jobs over the next four months, including sales, product and marketing specialists, account managers and software developers, according to Teq President Chris Hickey.

“We are looking for recent college grads, teachers and those who are passionate about helping to make the 21st century classroom a success.”

The Teq Unlimited package includes SMART Notebook – an evolving platform that interacts with mobile devices and helps teachers create interactive learning plans, among other functions – and Teq Online PD, a subscription-based package offering web-based professional-development courses for K-12 educators.

Through Teq Online PD, professional-development courses are broadcast live via the web, allowing educators to both interact with instructors and review recorded video presentations at their own pace. More than 50 courses are offered on a rotating basis, according to the Teq release, featuring such topics as “Google Apps for Education” and “Using iPads in the Classroom.”

The Online PD software package was recently selected as a finalist in the Professional Development Solution category of EdTech Digest’s 2015 EdTech Awards, which recognize the best and brightest tools and trendsetters in education and technology.

Citing the “ever-changing nature of educational technology,” Hickey said giving teachers online access to new professional-development opportunities was critical to 21st century education.

“With these new reseller partners, we are offering schools a convenient way to purchase the world’s leading classroom collaboration software,” Hickey added.

Greg Estell, president of solutions for SMART Technologies, called Teq “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,” Estell said.