Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
May
27
2015

Learning Comes Alive with Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling is an engaging way to tell a story or present information by mixing computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips, and/or music. For struggling students, learning, comes alive as they: ... More...
Apr
2
2015

Travel Brochures: Let's Go!

Parents, grandparents, and guests filed into the 3rd grade classroom.  They “oohed” and “aahed” over each student’s tri-fold travel brochure about a different state. This creative activity, which could be appropriate across... More...
Jan
21
2015

Potential of Podcasts

Dictionary.com defines a Podcast as being, “a digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series that can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer.” Podcasts containing news, stories,... More...
Sep
24
2014

Engage Your Students with Transmedia Stories

“Transmedia storytelling (also known as transmedia narrative or multiplatform storytelling) is the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies.” ... More...
Sep
10
2014

Technology Tools for Learning Logs

Both teachers and students can find value in using Learning Logs. For a student, it is a way to keep a record of what he or she is doing and learning in terms of knowledge and skills—right then, as the learning occurs. It is especially helpful for... More...
Aug
14
2014

The Changing Face of Research Project Reports

An educational rite of passage is for students, somewhere from the upper elementary grades through high school, to carry out one or more research projects and present/report out their findings.  Recognize this familiar scene: A student is... More...
Jul
30
2014

Let the Ideas Flow: Prewriting and Tech Tools

Prewriting frees the inner writer. Commonly considered the first step in the writing process (prewriting, drafting, and reviewing), it is that “protected” time for generating ideas without the pressure of producing a draft right away. The University... More...
Mar
18
2014

EdTech Digest Awards 2013: BoomWriter

The third Ed Tech Digest Awards winner we bring to you is: BoomWriter Earlier posts from this series: Arcademic Skill Builders, Learnist Features for Differentiation: Multimedia presentations Content area... More...
Feb
10
2014

Meeting ISTE NETS Tech Standards for Students? PowerUp Can Help!

Is your school focusing on the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)? Looking for ways to help your students meet technology standards? We've put together some of our free resources on teaching with technology to help get you started... More...
Dec
12
2013

Follow PowerUp on Pinterest!

Are you following PowerUp on Pinterest? In addition to all of our great resources,  we regularly add cool tools, free apps, and interactive learning sites to our Pinterest boards. We've also created boards linked to each of our 17 Instructional... More...