TPACK and PB&J

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This week in CEP 810, we’re learning about TPACK, which stands for Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge.  It builds on an idea from Lee Shulman (1986), I believe about Pedagogical Conent Knowledge.  Basically, the idea is that teachers possess different types of knowledge—content knowledge and  pedagogical knowledge.  These two types of knowledge overlap indicating that a teacher has specific knowledge of how to teach their content that is different than the knowledge of others.

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For instance, I have knowledge of teaching, my content (French), and specifically how to teach French that is different from the geography teacher’s knowledge depicted in the diagram above.

What Mishra and Koehler (2006) have done is add the layer of technology to this model.

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In any case, for this week’s class, we had to make something in the kitchen utilizing tools picked by someone else (who also picked what we would make from a hat) and video tape it.  I had to make a p.b.&j. with a hugs spoon I use to cook starry with normally.

After viewing the video, I think you’ll find that the point of the exercise is that having not just the necessary knowledge but also the right tools to complete a job are necessary.  For example, I couldn’t cut up fruit to make a fruit salad with that plastic spoon.  Extending the analogy into the classroom, I have to have the technological skills and knowledge to infuse in my classroom if I expect to prepare my students to fully participate in the ever-changing technological world to which they belong.

References and Special thanks to :

http://etazac.com/?s=TPACK (for pictures)

http://www.tpack.org

Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. (2006). Technological pedagogical content knowledge: A framework for teacher knowledge. The Teachers College Record,108(6), 1017-1054.

Shulman, L. (1986). Those who understand: Knowledge growth in teaching. Educational Researcher, 15(2), 4-14.

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