Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
Sep
26
2013

Perspective from the Field: The Myth of the Digital Native

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...
Sep
24
2013

Taking Professional Development Online: Does It Measure Up?

What did you do online today? From meeting new people to paying your bills, to buying a book, to looking for a new home, many activities that we once associated with physical spaces are now being conducted from the comfort of our living rooms. How... More...
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...
Sep
15
2013

Use Captions for Literacy!

Do your struggling students avoid text at all costs? Would some of your students rather watch 10 movies than read 10 paragraphs? What if creating a text-rich environment was as simple as clicking a button? One motivating, engaging, and inexpensive... More...
Sep
3
2013

Are You Prepared to Teach with Technology?

Ready for a tech-rich school year?  An eSchool News article published last spring, "Aspiring teachers ill-prepared to use ed tech effectively", presented results from a survey on teacher preparedness to use technology in the 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
28
2013

Meeting the Common Core Standards with Technology Tools: Teaching History and English

Technology tools for smart phones and tablets, such as HistoryPin and News360, put news headlines at student’s fingertips. See the following infographic example of 2013 news consumption:  Image: Sean MacEntee... 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...