Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
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...
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...
Dec
23
2013

Focus on the Common Core: Writing a Letter

Letter writing is an activity that can easily be found in classrooms across the country- chances are you’ve taught lessons on writing letters. Composing a letter is a creative and stimulating activity that can help students learn about the writing... 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
6
2013

Tools for Differentiating Instruction in ELA: Storybird

Do you have reluctant readers or writers?  Tailoring English language arts (ELA) instruction to meet your students’ varied needs can be supported with the right technology. Learn about differentiating instruction in ELA with our Instructional... More...
Nov
21
2013

Tech Tip: Add Voice Feedback to Google Docs

Are you using Google Drive with your students? Google Drive is a great tool for seamless cloud-based file storage—including documents, photos, videos, and spreadsheets—that you and your students can access anytime, anywhere. With easy-to-use... More...
Nov
11
2013

Perspective from the Field: What can be learned from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) iPad roll out?

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...
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...