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OTIS for Educators Wins Tech & Learning Best of Show Award at ISTELive 22

Tequipment, Inc. | July 06, 2022 | Read time : 3 min

Tequipment, Inc.
Teq is proud to announce that its online professional development platform, OTIS for Educators , has won a Tech & Learning Best of Show Award at ISTELive 22.

Tech & Learning's Best of Show Awards celebrate the products and businesses that are transforming education in schools around the world. Tech & Learning’s panel of judges awarded the products and solutions to exhibitors at ISTELive 22 Live who show the greatest promise to the industry, according to the U.S.'s most tech-savvy and knowledgeable educators.

“It was great to be back in person at ISTELive22 and see so many examples of innovation on the exhibit hall floor. “Our judges chose the following winners as examples of excellence in terms of value, quality, ease of use, and versatility. Congratulations to our winners!”

Christine Weiser, content director for Tech & Learning

“PD was very top-of-mind for everyone we met with at ISTE,” said Chrissy Rebert, VP of Global Instructional Solutions at Teq. “I’m happy that OTIS for Educators provides such a comprehensive PD solution and this award validates the work our team is doing towards facilitating the effective use of technology in instruction.”

Schools subscribing to OTIS for Educators have access to hundreds of PD courses on a wide range of edtech topics, as well as access to weekly live PD broadcasts and direct access to Teq’s team of technology and curriculum specialists. Over 500,000 PD sessions have been completed online through OTIS for Educators.

About Tequipment, Inc.
At Teq it’s all about learning. With our unique blend of emerging educational technologies, STEM solutions, and dynamic professional development, we are committed to supporting and enriching the classroom environment.

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