Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...