Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
Sep
5
2018

Empower Paraeducators in Your School with PowerUp PD

Paraeducators and other education support professionals (ESPs) have a critical role to play in your plans to integrate technology practices and universal design for learning (UDL) to improve teaching and learning. Working side-by-side with classroom... More...
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
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...
Mar
20
2018

STEM for All: Personalize STEM Instruction with Accessible Technology

Thanks to more accessible technologies and a nationwide effort to engage underrepresented populations in STEM fields, more students with disabilities than ever are pursuing careers in science and engineering. However, many students with disabilities... More...
Mar
19
2018

10 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Accessibility

“Supports to make learning accessible should be built into learning software and hardware by default…Modern public buildings include features such as ramps, automatic doors, or braille on signs to make them accessible by everyone. In the same way,... More...
May
27
2015

Learning Comes Alive with Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling is an engaging way to tell a story or present information by mixing computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips, and/or music. For struggling students, learning, comes alive as they: ... More...
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...
Nov
19
2014

What does state of the art assistive and educational technology look like for students with disabilities?

“…what used to fit in a building now fits in your pocket, what fits in your pocket now will fit inside a blood cell in 25 years” – Ray Kurzweil The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act (1988), is also called... More...
Jun
30
2014

Using 3D Printing in the Classroom to Engage Students

Once more likely to be found in research institutions and universities, 3D printers are starting to pop up in schools and homes across the country. This new technology has the potential to change the way we teach and learn; from creating models, to... 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...