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Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.

Mar
17
2015
Earlier this year, on the Tech Matters Blog, we shared our thoughts on Personal Learning Networks (PLNs). These PLNs consist of groups of professionals who share knowledge, best practices, and resources with one another in a particular field. This... More...
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Mar
9
2015
Having a pen pal has long been a tried and true way to motivate students to: Develop reading, writing, and spelling skills Deepen knowledge of other cultures, geography, and foreign languages Build friendships... More...
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Feb
27
2015
Looking for more ways to expand your professional learning? Each month, we’ll highlight a variety of free, online PD opportunities to help you dig deeper into the topics and ideas covered by PowerUp WHAT WORKS. This is just... More...
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Feb
20
2015
How many of your students have a smartphone tucked, away according to school rules, but really never far from reach? Surprise them! Have them take out their smartphones and use them to build summarizing skills. Summarizing requires students to... More...
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Feb
11
2015
I am currently traveling outside of the U.S. in an old city with a zillion winding streets, all of which have names I can’t pronounce. Google Maps has become my best friend. Given that there are multiple ways to spell the same street name, every... More...
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Feb
2
2015
Looking for more ways to expand your professional learning? Each month, we’ll highlight a variety of free, online PD opportunities to help you dig deeper into the topics and ideas covered by PowerUp WHAT WORKS. This is just a small selection of the... More...
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Jan
27
2015
We’re all familiar with the tried and true recipe for creating flash cards. You start with a pack of index cards. You add a term or question on one side. On the back, you put the definition or answer. Once you shuffle the deck, you’re ready to... More...
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Jan
21
2015
Dictionary.com defines a Podcast as being, “a digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series that can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer.” Podcasts containing news, stories, and entertainment can... More...
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Jan
16
2015
Happy New Years from the PowerUp WHAT WORKS team! In 2014, PowerUp WHAT WORKS aimed to use the Tech Matters Blog to keep our readers up-to-date on the innovative ways educators are using educational technology to enhance instruction and help all... More...
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Jan
14
2015
Image Credit: EduBlog How do you find high-quality content for your Personal Learning Network? Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) supports your professional development, as a teacher, PD facilitator, teacher educator, or an administrator.... More...
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