Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
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...
Jun
19
2013

CCSS Partners in Learning: Technology and Poetry

Can the the ELA CCSS inform the teaching of poetry? Does technology have a place in teaching poetry? The answer to both questions is a resounding “YES.” In terms of the CCSS, students must be able to determine the theme poem, as well as... More...
Jun
10
2013

Teaching Science and Writing with Technology

By teaching writing within the context of science instruction, you will be able to address three of the key shifts recommended by ELA CCSS. You can (1) build your students’ knowledge of science concepts, (2) ground their writing in evidence from... More...
Mar
21
2013

Should You Be Teaching Your Students How to Code?

What does it mean for your students to be computer literate? Is it enough for our students to simply know how to use a computer, or should they be able to also ”get under the hood?”  Educators across the country and around the... More...
Feb
13
2013

Three Free Apps You Can Use in Your Classroom Today: Writing

The writing process has three key steps: prewriting, drafting, and reviewing. Educators can check out PUWW resources in our content area sections for tips on instructional practices. To help students practice all aspects of writing, check out these... 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...