Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
Sep
12
2018

Virtual Manipulatives: Cool Math Tools to Support Students With Disabilities

The Achievement Gap Continues In our blog post, we discussed the growing number of virtual math tools to support students with disabilities (SWD) in their efforts to close the achievement gap. Unfortunately, according to the latest... More...
Jun
13
2018

Year End Roundup: Top 10 PowerUp Blog Posts for Teachers

As the school year ends, we wanted to take the opportunity to share the past year’s most popular blog posts for teachers. Topics ranged from tips to create digitally accessible documents, to strategies for making challenging STEM concepts more... More...
Apr
16
2018

STEM Challenge: Questions, Argumentation and Use of Evidence

STEM for All: Personalize STEM Instruction with Accessible Technology Knowing how to ask questions and use evidence in arguments is an important part of engaging students in science learning. When students defend or critique a position,... More...
Apr
11
2018

STEM Challenge: Visualization, Representation and Modeling

STEM for All: Personalize STEM Instruction with Accessible Technology A lot of science learning involves being able to create representations and models of processes that we are unable to observe with the naked eye. For example, chemistry texts... More...
Apr
9
2018

STEM Challenge: STEM Literacy, Vocabulary, and Discourse

STEM for All: Personalize STEM Instruction with Accessible Technology Students in STEM need to master specific vocabulary and be able to use it in their science writing activities (journals, lab reports, etc.). These skills can be... More...
Apr
4
2018

STEM Challenge: Student Engagement and Identity with Science

Students who can envision themselves as scientists or mathematicians are more likely to pursue STEM coursework beyond middle and high school. Many students with disabilities may struggle to see themselves as STEM professionals. Consider... More...
Apr
2
2018

STEM Challenge: Physically "Doing" Science

STEM for All Challenge: Physically "Doing" Science Physical tasks are an important part of many science lessons, from taking soil samples, mixing chemicals, using Bunsen burners, recording data, and performing dissections. This type of... More...
Jan
25
2016

What Can You Do About the Weather?

You can’t do anything about the weather—EXCEPT, that is, if you are a teacher designing weather-related instructional activities.  Then you can build reading, writing, math, and science content and skills by integrating varied tech tool... More...
Aug
24
2015

Graphing and Charting Tools to Meet Diverse Student Needs

PowerUp What Works offers eight math teaching strategies to integrate technology into evidence-based teaching practices. .  The ability to read, understand, interpret, and create graphs and charts is critical for all students, especially... More...
Apr
20
2015

Our Top Picks: Apps for Fractions

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...