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Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.

Jul
28
2015
At the 2014  Conference for the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), Kelly Gallagher, admitted using SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare to teach Hamlet. Here Shakespeare’s original language is presented on the left-hand page and the modern... More...
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Jun
26
2015
Greg Toppo discussed his new book, The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter, on the popular Diane Rheme Show (NPR, Washington, D.C.). The book describes the many ways gaming can help children learn—especially when they... More...
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May
27
2015
Digital storytelling is an engaging way to tell a story or present information by mixing computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips, and/or music. For struggling students, learning, comes alive as they: Use their creativity... More...
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May
21
2015
PowerUp What Works has joined forces with OpenEd to bring educators a comprehensive suite of online educational resources! We’re working together to connect  the 1000’s  of online, high quality educational resources—including videos,... More...
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Apr
28
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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Apr
20
2015
Fractions are often a difficult concept for students to master. Luckily, there are a lot of great apps that can help! The PowerUp technology experts have put together a list of our favorite, free and low-cost apps that are proven to help struggling... More...
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Apr
13
2015
I planned a lesson using two outstanding—and free—teacher-friendly websites that perfectly complement each other. PowerUp What Works offers standards-aligned, evidence-based practices in English Language Arts and Math, with suggested technology... More...
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Apr
2
2015
Parents, grandparents, and guests filed into the 3rd grade classroom.  They “oohed” and “aahed” over each student’s tri-fold travel brochure about a different state. This creative activity, which could be appropriate across grades 3-8, requires... More...
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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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