Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
Dec
15
2015

What is Blended Professional Development?

Does your district or school implement blended professional development (PD)?  A growing number of districts and schools are enhancing their PD with by offering a mix of face-to-face and virtual learning opportunities, such as:   Typical Face-to-... More...
Mar
17
2015

Invigorate Your Personal Learning Network with the PowerUp Challenge!

Earlier this year, on the Tech Matters Blog, we shared our thoughts on Personal Learning Networks (PLNs). These PLNs consist of groups of professionals who share knowledge, best practices, and resources with one another in a particular... More...
Feb
2
2015

PD Opportunities in February

Looking for more ways to expand your professional learning? Each month, we’ll highlight a variety of free, online PD opportunities to help you dig deeper into the topics and ideas covered by PowerUp WHAT WORKS. This is just a small selection of... More...
Jan
14
2015

Personal Learning Networks: Finding Curated Content

Image Credit: EduBlog How do you find high-quality content for your Personal Learning Network? Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) supports your professional development, as a teacher, PD facilitator, teacher... More...
Jan
5
2015

What are your 2015 Tech Resolutions?

Celebrating the New Year traditionally means making resolutions. Typical, top-of the-list items include dieting and exercising. But from a professional side, what if the resolutions focused on ways to use technology to improve teaching and learning... More...
Oct
17
2014

5 Free Courses to PowerUp Your Personal Professional Development this Year!

PowerUp is a great source for expanding your personal professional development. From our curated Teacher Playlists and our resource-rich Instructional Strategy Guides in ELA and Math, to our suggestions for integrating technology, PowerUp is full of... More...
Sep
8
2014

Perspectives from the Field: Professional Development on Context Clues

Laurie Lee, leelh@rss.k12.nc.us , is an Exceptional Children's Program Specialist in the Rowan Salisbury Schools in North Carolina. She supports special education teachers in the areas of instruction and compliance.  Additionally, she provides... More...
Sep
3
2014

Modeling to Teach Math

As a mathematics coach at an elementary school, I met with teachers at the end of last year to set professional development goals for this year. They all agreed, “Let’s focus on modeling.”  Striving to meet the needs of their students in relation to... More...
Jun
19
2014

Blended Mathematics Professional Development

I have been using the PowerUp WHAT WORKS website (www.powerupwhatworks.org) to find free and easy-to-use math resources for my blended math PD. Let me set the context. I am a lead trainer for the Michigan Integrated Mathematics Initiative... More...
Jun
13
2014

Year End Roundup: Top 15 PowerUp Blog Posts

As the school year draws to a close, we’re reflecting back a year’s worth of fantastic, high quality resources and teaching strategies. We've covered many topics, including how to use Twitter to grow your Professional Learning Network, the value of... More...