Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
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...
May
25
2018

PD on the Go: Virtual Reality in Education

Join us every Friday to see one of our favorite short videos to grow and enhance your practice. Immersive virtual reality (VR) is transforming the way educational content is delivered. Not only does VR present the content in an engaging,... More...
Mar
28
2018

Creating Mental Images: Visualizing to Improve Understanding in all Content Areas

What is visualizing?   Visualizing text means forming mental pictures of the text that is being read. Skilled readers use visualization to imagine or construct a picture of the topic the author is discussing. However, this can be... More...
Feb
8
2016

Accessible Materials for Students with Print Disabilities

Many struggling and special needs students have a print disability.  Unable to gain information from printed materials, their challenges only increase as they progress through school. Teachers can meet these students’ needs by translating... More...
Feb
3
2014

Digital Learning Day: Get Started with PowerUp’s Favorite Sites for (Free!) Educational Videos

Looking for ways to incorporate more multimedia into your teaching? Searching for that perfect educational video to use with your students? Multimedia can be a fantastic way of engaging students, building background knowledge, and presenting... More...
Nov
4
2013

Finding the right technology for your classroom with the TechMatrix

As you explore PowerUp WHAT WORKS, you'll find many suggestions for ways to incorporate technology tools and supports into your teaching. From using virtual manipulatives in math to using embedded supports to help students create rich and engaging... More...
Oct
12
2013

Perspective from the Field: What is the value of virtual field trips?

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...
Oct
4
2013

PowerUp Your Use of Classroom Video with TED

We’ve all been there: searching the endless labyrinth that is YouTube for educational material that is great for our students. When we find that perfect video, it’s a treat for our students, and gives us a way to expose our students to information... More...
Sep
19
2013

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Into Your Classroom: Texting for Learning

For many students, especially from middle school upward, texting is a part of everyday life. As a teacher, you may see texting in class as an unwelcome distraction from learning. Although student mobile devices can certainly be a classroom... More...
Sep
15
2013

Use Captions for Literacy!

Do your struggling students avoid text at all costs? Would some of your students rather watch 10 movies than read 10 paragraphs? What if creating a text-rich environment was as simple as clicking a button? One motivating, engaging, and inexpensive... More...