Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.

Jun
26
2014

Back to the Future: Using the Dictionary

In the “olden days,” when my children went to school, they carried a pocket dictionary in their backpacks, referred to the BIG dictionary we had at home, or pulled out from the back of their desk the school-issued hard-cover dictionary. They were... More...
Jun
19
2014

Blended Mathematics Professional Development

I have been using the PowerUp WHAT WORKS website (www.powerupwhatworks.org) to find free and easy-to-use math resources for my blended math PD. Let me set the context. I am a lead trainer for the Michigan Integrated Mathematics Initiative... More...
Jun
16
2014

Blended Professional Development: Writing

Tina Bloom, M.S., M. Ed., is a Field Site Liaison with PowerUp What Works and a Research Assistant with EDC. She is a certified elementary and special education teacher and was a classroom teacher for ten years. PowerUp WHAT WORKS  conducted a... More...
Jun
13
2014

Year End Roundup: Top 15 PowerUp Blogs Posts

As the school year draws to a close, we’re reflecting back a year’s worth of fantastic, high quality resources and teaching strategies. We've covered many topics, including how to use Twitter to grow your Professional Learning Network, the value of... More...
Jun
12
2014

Lessons Learned about Blended Learning

Brad Neuenhaus is the co-founder of Keys to Literacy. Over his 7 years in education he has focused on developing on and offline materials and processes to support the professional learning of teachers and administrators. His interest is in... More...
Jun
6
2014

Google Introduces Classroom, an App to Improve Classroom Instruction and Communication

Google Apps for Education recently announced Google Classroom, an innovative new tool designed hand-in-hand with teachers. Google Classroom integrates Google Docs, Drive, and Gmail to help improve teacher-student communication and maximize the... More...
Jun
2
2014

Perspectives from the Field: Visualization, Close Reading and Digital Resources

Neil Schiavo is a Research Associate at Education Development Center, Inc. He has over 10 years experience developing materials to support the professional learning of teachers and administrators around the country. His interest is in implementing... More...
May
30
2014

Perspectives from the Field: The Changing Technology Landscape

Tina Bloom, M.S., M. Ed., is a Field Site Liaison with PowerUp What Works and a Research Assistant with EDC. She is a certified elementary and special education teacher and was a classroom teacher for ten years. On May 2, I attended the Tech Forum... More...
May
19
2014

Our Favorite 3 Free* Tools for Vocabulary Learning – Context Clues

Good readers automatically use a number of strategies when they encounter unfamiliar words, including the use of context clues. For students who struggle with reading, these strategies may not come as readily and they need direct and explicit... More...
May
15
2014

EdTech Digest Awards 2014: iTooch from EduPad

The fifth EdTech Digest Awards winner we bring to you is... iTooch from EduPad Content Area: All Cost: Free trial, then $4.99-$9.99 for full download Earlier posts from this series: Arcademic Skill Builders, Learnist, BoomWriter, Educade iTooch is... More...