Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
Feb
11
2015

Google Maps to Build Math Skills

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,... 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
3
2014

Modeling to Teach Math

As a mathematics coach at an elementary school, I met with teachers at the end of last year to set professional development goals for this year. They all agreed, “Let’s focus on modeling.”  Striving to meet the needs of their students in relation to... More...
Jul
11
2014

2speak + 2listen + 2write + 2read = Math Language

The title of this blog is written as a tongue in cheek “equation.” The purpose was to show the four parts of language development critical for mathematical learning:  to speak, to listen, to write, and to read.   Being able to understand (listen and... More...
Jun
30
2014

Using 3D Printing in the Classroom to Engage Students

Once more likely to be found in research institutions and universities, 3D printers are starting to pop up in schools and homes across the country. This new technology has the potential to change the way we teach and learn; from creating models, to... 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...
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... More...
May
5
2014

Perspectives from the Field: Ocean Tracks

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. He has been involved in the... More...
Mar
3
2014

Representations of Global Data

During early adolescence, many children develop an active interest in the world around them. Elementary curricula for 4th-6th grade students support this interest through studies of habitats and environments in science classes and world exploration... More...
Feb
19
2014

EdTech Digest Awards 2013: Arcademic Skill Builders

Since 2011, EdTech Digest has held an annual awards competition to identify the best new educational technology tools in the ever-changing and developing EdTech market. Over the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting several EdTech Digest Award ... More...