Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.

Nov
12
2014

Using Smartphones to Support Struggling Students

The website, te@chthought, posted a series of articles about how teachers can integrate smartphones into classroom instruction in exciting and meaningful ways. Over time, the strategies kept growing and they include valuable ways to enhance your... More...
Nov
5
2014

Bookshare: Wonderful, Free Assistive Technology Tools

Bookshare (www.bookshare.org) provides a wide range of free, digital curriculum materials for individuals with print disabilities and those with intensive academic needs. While its features can support reading instruction, Bookshare is neither an... More...
Oct
29
2014

Assistance for Assistive Tech

In today’s technology rich environment there are many free technology tools, including numerous apps, which fall within the category of assistive technology. These tools have the potential to help students with disabilities and those that struggle... More...
Oct
17
2014

5 Free Courses to PowerUp Your Personal Professional Development this Year!

PowerUp is a great source for expanding your personal professional development. From our curated Teacher Playlists and our resource-rich Instructional Strategy Guides in ELA and Math, to our suggestions for integrating technology, PowerUp is full of... More...
Oct
9
2014

Using Technology to Support Close Reading

“Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text." (Common Core State Standards: College and Career... More...
Oct
1
2014

Next Generation Student Assessment

How can assessment improve both teaching and learning? A critical goal of student assessment is to improve teaching and learning. Beyond offering ways to collect and analyze data, educational technology can play an important role in... More...
Sep
24
2014

Engage Your Students with Transmedia Stories

“Transmedia storytelling (also known as transmedia narrative or multiplatform storytelling) is the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies.” ... More...
Sep
19
2014

All the News that's Free to Read—A Resource for ELL Students

Do you have students whose first language is not English? Have they recently come from another country and are learning English? Are you looking for meaningful, inclusive learning activities? One highly-engaging way to include every student is to... More...
Sep
16
2014

Organizational Skills

Every fall, with the beginning of school year, teachers and students take time to get organized.  Teachers set up their classrooms, arrange their schedule, and gather needed materials. Students load up backpacks, make plans with friends, and begin... More...
Sep
10
2014

Technology Tools for Learning Logs

Both teachers and students can find value in using Learning Logs. For a student, it is a way to keep a record of what he or she is doing and learning in terms of knowledge and skills—right then, as the learning occurs. It is especially helpful for... More...