Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
Apr
16
2018

STEM Challenge: Questions, Argumentation and Use of Evidence

STEM for All: Personalize STEM Instruction with Accessible Technology Knowing how to ask questions and use evidence in arguments is an important part of engaging students in science learning. When students defend or critique a position,... More...
Apr
9
2018

STEM Challenge: STEM Literacy, Vocabulary, and Discourse

STEM for All: Personalize STEM Instruction with Accessible Technology Students in STEM need to master specific vocabulary and be able to use it in their science writing activities (journals, lab reports, etc.). These skills 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...
Jan
25
2016

What Can You Do About the Weather?

You can’t do anything about the weather—EXCEPT, that is, if you are a teacher designing weather-related instructional activities.  Then you can build reading, writing, math, and science content and skills by integrating varied tech tool... More...
Jul
28
2015

Finding Value in Spark Notes

At the 2014  Conference for the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), Kelly Gallagher, admitted using SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare to teach Hamlet. Here Shakespeare’s original language is presented on the left-hand page and... More...
Feb
20
2015

Using Smartphones for Summarizing

How many of your students have a smartphone tucked, away according to school rules, but really never far from reach? Surprise them! Have them take out their smartphones and use them to build summarizing skills. Summarizing requires... More...
Oct
9
2014

Using Technology to Support Close Reading

“Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text." (Common Core State Standards: College and Career... 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...
Jul
8
2014

Using Word Clouds for Summarizing

The goal of summarizing a larger selection of text (e.g., an article, story, or chapter) is to distill the gist, key ideas, or main points. A summary, according to Webster’s, is the “general idea in brief form.” It is reducing the larger work into... 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...