This week for CEP810 I had the opportunity to cook using TPACK. TPACK is a theory of technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge. This theory was developed by Dr. Matthew Koehler and Dr. Punya Mishra in their book Creativity, Technology & Education: Exploring their Convergence. Dr. Koehler and Dr. Mishra describe TPACK as being “the basis of good teaching with technology” (Koehler & Mishra, 2006, p. 1029). It is not enough just to think about what technology a teacher is going to incorporate into a lesson or learning environment, the teacher must think about how technology can be repurposed to get the most out of pedagogy and content knowledge.
Before I could cook using TPACK I needed to get some assistance from my wife and a friend. I had my friend look through our drawers and cupboards to pick out a bowl, plate, and some sort of cooking utensil. My friend chose a cereal bowl, dinner plate, and a one cup measuring cup. My wife then picked a number from a hat to decide what my task would be and she drew for me to cut vegetables for a veggie tray. Cooking with TPACK teaches you how to think about the tools that you are given and how they can be reused to reach your desired goal. I was not provided with a sharp object to cut vegetables with, so I had to think about how I could repurpose the tools to finish my task of creating a veggie tray. It was fun thinking about how to use a plate to cut a cucumber.
This exercise showed me how important it is to think about the tools that are utilized in school. I am fortunate enough to have a class set of iPads for my students to use. TPACK makes me think about how I could repurpose apps that we use or how I can rework a task for the students to complete based on the content I want them to uncover. Using technology in a learning environment “requires a thoughtful interweaving of all three key sources of knowledge: technology, pedagogy, and content” (Koehler & Mishra, 2006, p. 1029). Cooking with TPACK required me to think through the whole process of using the tools I was given and what limits they presented me with. Thinking about technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge and how they can be interwoven is at the center of any good learning experience.
Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. J. (2006). Technological pedagogical content knowledge: A framework for teacher knowledge. Teachers College Record, 108(6), 1017-1054. Retrieved from http://punya.educ.msu.edu/publications/journal_articles/mishra-koehler-tcr2006.pdf download .pdf
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