PD On the Go: Tech Tips from Teachers - Formative Assessment Apps

Join us every Friday to see one of our favorite short videos to grow and enhance your practice.

On this week’s PD On the Go, listen to Emily Tombes, a second grade teacher, discuss how she uses technology-enhanced formative assessment in her classroom. Tombes also describes the characteristics, functionality, and features that she looks for in a strong formative assessment app, as well as specific apps that she and her colleagues find useful.

AT and IT: Where are we headed?

Rapid changes in technology will continue to shape the future of special education services and the integration of assistive technology and instructional technology. An understanding of the shifts in the technology landscape and possible future directions for the field is imperative for state education agency leaders and local education agency leaders. 

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.

Implementing AT and IT: Four Steps to Successful Planning

Successful technology implementation does not happen overnight. The key to success starts with the planning process to identify where you are and where you want to go to accomplish your technology goals. This process is critical and requires a plan that clearly articulates a vision, short- and long-term goals, action steps to reach these goals, and progress evaluation which allows you to make adjustments to achieve your stated outcomes.

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 last year:

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 digestible and accessible for students with disabilities, to our PD on the Go video series, and much more. Below we've rounded up our 10 most popular blog posts from the last year:

PD on the Go: Virtual Reality in Education

Join us every Friday to see one of our favorite short videos to grow and enhance your practice.

Immersive virtual reality (VR) is transforming the way educational content is delivered. Not only does VR present the content in an engaging, interactive way, it also provides layers of support for students struggling to visualize a particular concept, place, or point in time. Using VR to build background knowledge has the potential to deepen understanding for all students, but especially students with disabilities and struggling readers. 

Technology Tools to Build a More Accessible STEM Program

Use accessible technologies and authentic STEM experiences to encourage STEM for All 

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 enhance coordination of technology initiatives throughout the school or district:

Integrating Technology into the Classroom -- Part Three: Using Technology to Make STEM More Accessible

This session will offer educators the opportunity to learn about how to differentiate instruction with technology-supported evidence-based English Language Arts (ELA) and math strategies, while considering digital accessibility needs, to improve learning outcomes for all students. Grounded in the principles of UDL, educators will learn how to develop lesson plans and teaching strategies that integrate technology tools with evidence-based practices to address the learning needs of all students.