Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
Jul
11
2018

The Future of Assistive Technology – Where Might We Be Going Next?

Think about the types of technology your students (and you!) were using just 10 years ago. What did assistive technology (AT) look like? What is possible now that wasn’t possible then? What might be possible in the next 5 years? The last decade has... More...
Jun
20
2018

Year End Roundup: Top 5 PowerUp Blog Posts for Administrators

To wrap up the school year, we wanted to take the opportunity to share the past year’s most popular blog posts for district and school administrators. Click on the links below to check our five most popular blog posts for administrators from the... More...
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...
May
23
2018

Connecting Silos to Enhance Your District’s Tech Initiatives

As discussed in our previous blog post, ongoing communication and collaboration across “silos” (i.e., departments and levels of the system) is critical to foster coordinated implementation of technology in your district.  Follow these 5 steps to... More...
May
18
2018

PD on the Go: Help Students Find Their Voice Using Built-in Accessibility Features in Microsoft Office 365

Join us every Friday to see one of our favorite short videos to grow and enhance your practice. As discussed in previous resources, Technology Tools to Build a More Accessible STEM Program and How to Create Accessible Word Documents,... More...
Mar
23
2018

PD on the Go: 3-D Printing to Empower Kids with Disabilities

Join us every Friday to see one of our favorite short videos to grow and enhance your practice. Take advantage of new technologies and the maker movement to empower your students and encourage the use and development of STEM skills. Watch how... More...
Mar
15
2018

PD on the Go: APPlicable: Improving Accessibility for All Users

Join us every Friday to see one of our favorite short videos to grow and enhance your practice. While you may not be an app developer, this week’s video demonstrates the paradigm shift developers experienced once they started taking accessibility... More...
Mar
12
2018

How to Create Accessible Microsoft Word Documents

You know it is important to create documents accessible to all users, but where do you begin? What tools should you use? Creating accessible documents may seem overwhelming, but fortunately there are small changes you can make, including the use of... More...
Feb
8
2016

Accessible Materials for Students with Print Disabilities

Many struggling and special needs students have a print disability.  Unable to gain information from printed materials, their challenges only increase as they progress through school. Teachers can meet these students’ needs by translating... More...
Dec
9
2014

Making Sense of BYOD, One-to-One, Mixed Devices, Laptop Carts and Computer Workstations

We recently posted about spending technology dollars wisely and suggested several steps to take, and resources to use, when planning technology spending. A major consideration to budget planning relates to the technology configuration that reflects... More...