Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
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...
Jun
28
2013

Meeting the Common Core Standards with Technology Tools: Teaching History and English

Technology tools for smart phones and tablets, such as HistoryPin and News360, put news headlines at student’s fingertips. See the following infographic example of 2013 news consumption:  Image: Sean MacEntee... More...
Apr
17
2013

Create Your Own Interactives!

Looking for ways to incorporate interactive media into your lesson, but are short on time? These three tools can have you creating an interactive resource for your students to explore in minutes. Providing your students with multiple representations... More...
Mar
7
2013

Meeting the Common Core Standards with Technology: Bring History Lessons to Life

The Common Core Standards represent a shift in the way we teach reading and writing, both in ELA classes and in content-area classes (history, science, and technical subjects). The standards in K-5 and 6-12 both focus heavily on building rich... More...
Feb
12
2013

Meeting the Common Core with President’s Day Activities: From our Forefathers to Obama

President’s Day, is an “inclusive” celebration of all our nation’s presidents.  Teach students about our nation’s leaders this month by incorporating history into all aspects of your classroom.  Get your class interested with an introduction by... More...
Jan
4
2013

Resource Roundup: Common Core Standards

As states shift towards full integration of the Common Core Standards, educational resources and lesson plans aligned to the Common Core have sprung up around the web. A quick online search for Common Core lesson plans yields an overwhelming number... More...
Dec
28
2012

Write Your Own Textbook!

A good first step in Powering Up your classroom is to make reading and writing more accessible for all students. Bring UDL principles into your lesson planning to ensure students are using technology tools to Represent information in multiple... More...