Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
Jun
13
2018

Year End Roundup: Top 10 PowerUp Blog Posts for Teachers

As the school year ends, we wanted to take the opportunity to share the past year’s most popular blog posts for teachers. Topics ranged from tips to create digitally accessible documents, to strategies for making challenging STEM concepts more... More...
Apr
16
2018

STEM Challenge: Questions, Argumentation and Use of Evidence

STEM for All: Personalize STEM Instruction with Accessible Technology Knowing how to ask questions and use evidence in arguments is an important part of engaging students in science learning. When students defend or critique a position,... More...
Apr
11
2018

STEM Challenge: Visualization, Representation and Modeling

STEM for All: Personalize STEM Instruction with Accessible Technology A lot of science learning involves being able to create representations and models of processes that we are unable to observe with the naked eye. For example, chemistry texts... More...
Apr
9
2018

STEM Challenge: STEM Literacy, Vocabulary, and Discourse

STEM for All: Personalize STEM Instruction with Accessible Technology Students in STEM need to master specific vocabulary and be able to use it in their science writing activities (journals, lab reports, etc.). These skills can be... More...
Apr
4
2018

STEM Challenge: Student Engagement and Identity with Science

Students who can envision themselves as scientists or mathematicians are more likely to pursue STEM coursework beyond middle and high school. Many students with disabilities may struggle to see themselves as STEM professionals. Consider... More...
Apr
2
2018

STEM Challenge: Physically "Doing" Science

STEM for All Challenge: Physically "Doing" Science Physical tasks are an important part of many science lessons, from taking soil samples, mixing chemicals, using Bunsen burners, recording data, and performing dissections. This type of... More...
Jan
25
2016

What Can You Do About the Weather?

You can’t do anything about the weather—EXCEPT, that is, if you are a teacher designing weather-related instructional activities.  Then you can build reading, writing, math, and science content and skills by integrating varied tech tool... More...
May
5
2014

Perspectives from the Field: Ocean Tracks

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...
Mar
3
2014

Representations of Global Data

During early adolescence, many children develop an active interest in the world around them. Elementary curricula for 4th-6th grade students support this interest through studies of habitats and environments in science classes and world exploration... 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...