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
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
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...
Aug
30
2013

Tips and Tools for the Classroom: Class Blogs

Using blogs in your classroom? Blogging with your students can be a great way of motivating reluctant writers, tracking ongoing progress in writing skills, and teaching students the basics of html and online etiquette.  Learn more about the... More...
Aug
29
2013

To Do for the New School Year: Start Blogging!

From cooking blogs to travel blogs, there is a blog on every topic—written by every kind of person, young and old. Why not your students? Writing blogs can help increase motivation for writing and help your students learn how to adapt their texts... More...