TPACK and who you are Teaching

I look forward to reading your blog postings due today in response to Chapter 1 – Meaningful Learning. If you have a late pass and plan on turning this in Friday, remember the description for this assignment can be found in Monday’s class blog posting.

Creating a Context

A context is the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.

(Dictionary.com)

For many of you, your context in EDIT 2000 is that of a new teacher working to balance administrative constraints with your desire to create an innovative, interesting classroom. For the rest of you, using technological tools in the workplace to improve communication both within the organization and with external customers will be important.

So – what is TPACK and what does it have to do with teaching and learning?

Sometimes it’s easy to use technology – but is it easy to use technology that teaches content? It’s also easy to get caught up in the bells and whistles of technology tools and forget about the content. And how do you create a lesson that teaches content while also engaging your learners? Creating this “perfect storm” requires something called TPACK: Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge. This is going to require a little PowerPoint.

See how one school in South Carolina has used technology to really engage their students.

For more information, you can check out this quick guide to TPACK. You may also want to read more about it in What is Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)?

Let’s watch one more short video about TPACK

Who Are You Teaching?

Digital Immigrants vs. Digital Natives – Which one are you?

One of the most exciting parts of teaching is meeting your students. There aren’t many careers where every year (or every semester) you get the pleasure of meeting anywhere from 20-100 new people. It’s really one of the gifts of the job. Good teachers know their students. Better teachers understand their students. One path to knowing your students is to understand their generation.

On the front of your index card describe how you learn new things. On the back of your index card, describe how you think your parents and professors learn.

Read about the Class of 2016.

Students you will teach (and any of you born after 1982) are sometimes called “digital natives,” a phrase coined by Marc Prensky. Most of the teachers you’ve had are considered “digital immigrants”. Here’s a video of some “digital natives” talking about their lives.

Read this more recent blog post and discuss your reactions with your pod:Digital Natives: Fact or Fiction?

If we have time, we will look at the January 7, 2013 edition of The Red & Black. There were two articles that might help you reflect more on on trends in the current digital age:

Let’s watch this video about 21st century learners.

For Next Wednesday:

Digital Generation Reflection: These four questions are considered your Digital Generation Reflection from our Project List.

Based on this presentation, class discussion, readings, videos, and your personal opinion – respond to the following questions in a new Blog Posting. (Due next Wednesday, January 23)

  • Do you see yourself as a digital native or a digital immigrant? Why? How does that impact your potential to meet the needs of your future students?
  • What are some key points about the digital generation with which you agree? With which you disagree?
  • Read “Digital Nativism” by Jamie McKenzie. Revisit what we talked about in class. Who is right? Who is wrong? What does this mean for teaching and learning in your classroom?
  • Write a summary for the Class of 2025 (current fourth graders) like the Beloit College Mindset List. What would their Mindset list look like? What historical events happened before 2004 (the year they were born) that will have a different meaning for you than it will for them? Just include 5 or 6 items.