Yet again, I learned something new and exciting this week. I had never before heard of TPACK, but the video from Dr. Mishra, along with the article unpacking TPACK was very enjoyable. I was amazed at the connections I was able to make, from what seemed like such a simple task, making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
The activity started when I asked my mom to choose a plate, a bowl, and a utensil from the kitchen. She was puzzled and instantly began asking questions about what type of each I needed. It was a struggle not being able to give her an explanation. The tools that my mother chose seemed to work much better than some that could’ve been chosen, a cereal bowl, a dinner plate, and a fork.
As I used the selected tools to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I quickly found out that the fork was not the best tool for the job. After I had the peanut butter on the bread, which was very uneven, I flipped the fork over and used it to get the jelly out and spread onto the bread much more easily. Overall, the fork may not have been the best tool for the activity, but it worked much better than a number of utensils that could’ve been chosen.
The Cooking With TPACK activity along with the video and reading from Dr. Mishra was very intriguing and I was astonished at the connections I made to each with technology in my own classroom. I will be more aware of technology implementation in my classroom to ensure it enhances instruction, is suitable for the activity at hand, and I’m able to look at a particular technology tool and creatively adapt new ways for implementation. The task of repurposing and adapting tech tools was especially remarkable and, although it may require some creativity, it is ultimately the best way for connection content, pedagogy, and the implementation of technology meaningfully and effectively.
Kereluik, K., Mishra, P. & Koehler, M.J. (2011). On learning to subvert signs: Literacy, technology and the TPACK framework. The California Reader, 44(2), 12-18. Retrieved from http://learnonline.canberra.edu.au/pluginfile.php/466920/mod_page/content/1/TPACK_UC/pdf/tpack1_subvert_signs.pdf
Mishra, P. (2012, March 26). 21st Century Learning Conference. Video retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bwXYa91fvQ&feature=youtube