Tech Matters

Technology tips and teaching strategies aligned with PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
Feb
12
2013

Meeting the Common Core with President’s Day Activities: From our Forefathers to Obama

President’s Day, is an “inclusive” celebration of all our nation’s presidents.  Teach students about our nation’s leaders this month by incorporating history into all aspects of your classroom.  Get your class interested with an introduction by... More...
Feb
4
2013

Celebrate Digital Learning Day February 6th!

February 6th is the 2nd Annual Digital Learning Day!  From the Digital Learning Day website: Digital Learning Day, February 6, 2013, is a national celebration of educators that shines a spotlight on successful instructional... More...
Jan
17
2013

Creative Solutions to Technology Funding

Suppose you’ve found a specific technology resource for your classroom but you lack the funds to make a desired purchase? When confronted with a cost barrier, there are helpful resources you can use to still access available funds: ... More...
Jan
4
2013

Resource Roundup: Common Core Standards

As states shift towards full integration of the Common Core Standards, educational resources and lesson plans aligned to the Common Core have sprung up around the web. A quick online search for Common Core lesson plans yields an overwhelming number... More...
Dec
28
2012

Write Your Own Textbook!

A good first step in Powering Up your classroom is to make reading and writing more accessible for all students. Bring UDL principles into your lesson planning to ensure students are using technology tools to Represent information in multiple... More...
Dec
16
2012

Tablets are Everywhere – How Will You Use Them in Your Classroom?

With the cheaper iPad Mini and a wide variety of Android tablets now available, as well as newer budget-friendly tablets coming onto the market, more classrooms have access to some kind of tablet. Is your school using tablets? If so, do you... More...
Dec
13
2012

Are 3D Printers the “Next Big Thing” in Education?

You may have started to recently hear a lot about 3D printers; with prices dropping, more high schools and universities are purchasing 3D printers for use with their students. It may not be long before elementary and middle schools follow suit.... More...
Nov
26
2012

3 Free Apps that You Can Use in Your Classroom Today: Math

Apps and animations can be a great way to teach math, because you provide students with a visual representation of a concept that they can see, hear, and in some cases, touch and manipulate. Pearl Diver HD (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) – Learn the... More...
Nov
19
2012

The Trouble with Quotes on the Internet: Teaching your Students how to Search Effectively

“The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that it's difficult to determine whether or not they are genuine." - Abraham Lincoln (Source) Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.8 , CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.8,... More...
Nov
13
2012

Professional Development in 140 Characters: Getting Started with Twitter for PD

When it comes to professional development, sometimes the best approach is a collaborative one; teachers and administrators sharing what works and helping each other succeed. PowerUp WHAT WORKS can help you work together and plan with other educators... More...