Tech Matters

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