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What’s More Important: The Journey or the Destination? A Blog About Rethinking Technology

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Normally when I’m faced with using technology, I often think of ways it could help me make tasks easier or best display ideas. After reading and learning about TPACK this week, I had to think more critically about my reasoning for using technology for daily tasks and why that is useful in the classroom.

TPACK is the combination of understanding and utilizing technology, pedagogy, and content knowledges. In life, this would be the equivalent of choosing to use a fork vs. a spoon or using Google Slides vs. Microsoft power point. On the surface, we prefer one over the other, but underneath that, we consider which platform is best for us based on its features, display, and accessibility. TPACK is the understanding of how to represent and teach concepts across any medium while having enough knowledge about said medium to best optimize the experience (Mishra & Koehler, 2006).

This idea is opposite of how teachers normally see tools. Mishra and Koehler (2006) say the traditional views of content, pedagogy and technology knowledges often dictate that content take the lead on instruction. Upon self-reflecting, I found that I’m one of those teachers since I don’t fully utilize technology with math. After learning about TPACK, I realized that some tasks don’t have direct tools and it’s up to the user to be flexible in their use of the tools they have (Mishra & Koehler, 2009). I think the video below is a good example of this kind of flexibility.

Upon thinking deeper about this example, I realize that I should correct myself in saying that it is the teachers that are having to think differently and outside of the box to really maximize the learning experience. If you’re like me and want to learn more about this topic, you should visit http://www.tpack.org/

References

Benson, K. (2020, May 21). Chef Kaitlin presents: Randomness in the kitchen [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/xNrDlUSPdgM

Dach, M. (2017). Silver laptop [Online image]. Pexel. https://www.pexels.com/photo/business-computer-connection-contemporary-450035/

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

Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. J. (2009). Too cool for school? No way! Using the TPACK framework: You can have your hot tools and teach with them, too. Learning & Leading with Technology, 36(7),  14-18.

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