Summary of Classroom 2.0 Webinar – TPACK

This morning I participated in a webinar hosted by Classroom 2.0 on TPACK and the Common Core. Although I don’t teach in the United States, the “Common Core” aspect was not as important to me there was still much learning to be had.

Source: http://tpack.org/

I had heard about TPACK a few times before, and briefly looked around the website but never really had taken the time to focus on what it really meant.

For me, the most important part of using technology has always been that it is not something extra, but it is used in a natural way to support the learning which is very much align with the concept behind TPACK. I have found that a lot of people jump on the latest tool or technology without being full aware of how its use supports the learning goals.

TPACK stands for Technological Pedegogical Content Knolweedge and its a framework for how to incorporate technology and technological knowledge with content knowledge and pedagogy.

I think that this graphic helps to remind teachers that all components are important. I am going to print it out and put in on the bulletin board near my desk with other important graphics (like Bloom’s Taxonomy) to help remind me of its importance.

The second graphic that was used in the Webinar was the following: 

Slide from Classroom 2.0 – TPACK and Common Core Webinar, Steven Anderson

I find that this is a good description of what the various combinations of Pedagogy Content and Technology create, and the importance of keeping all of them in mind to create a meaningful classroom environment focused on learning the “big ideas” in a strategic way with the support of technology. I find that this fits very well with the PYP and staying focused on the Central Idea, the Lines of Inquiry, and Key Concepts that you want students to take away from the unit.

As this can seem fairly overwhelming for the technologically illiterate the following tools will help! The College of William and Mary Faculty of Education has created a wiki  with “activity types” to help support the TPACK model. Each subject area is broken down with examples of activities that you would normally do in your classroom such as “read aloud” and technological tools that can be used to support this activity. They are only suggestions and not all encompassing. I think that these lists could really help serve as a great reminder to increase the variety of activity types and techologies teachers incorporate in their lessons as they are all in one place. 

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