Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
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...
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...
Jan
27
2014

Welcome to Focus on Fractions: Using PowerUp in the Context of a Unit on Fractions

Interested in how you can incorporate the instructional strategies and technology practices from PowerUp into your teaching? Join us for our Focus on Fractions series!  Mastering fractions is a challenging, yet indispensable, topic in the... More...
Dec
16
2013

Bring Video Into Your Classroom: Estimation, Median, and Wisdom of the Crowds

Looking for a fun way to get your students learning about estimation, averages, means, and medians? Check out NOVA’s ScienceNow video on the “Wisdom of the Crowds” phenomenon. “Wisdom of the Crowds” was discovered by statistician Francis Galton in... 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...
Dec
10
2013

Join the Hour of Code!

Ever thought about teaching your students to code, but weren't sure how to start? Computer Science Education Week (Dec 9-13) is a GREAT time to try it out!  Join in the "Hour of Code" and take advantage of free lessons and tutorials that... 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...
Mar
21
2013

Should You Be Teaching Your Students How to Code?

What does it mean for your students to be computer literate? Is it enough for our students to simply know how to use a computer, or should they be able to also ”get under the hood?”  Educators across the country and around the... More...
Mar
14
2013

More Pi Day Fun – Host a Pi Battle!

Ready for your Pi Battle? Memorize the digits of Pi with these free apps for iOS and Android: Pi Trainer App on Google Play:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teinproductions.tein.pitrainer Learn Pi Free App: https://itunes.apple.... More...