TPACK can be defined as a framework to explain the knowledge that teachers need to teach students using technology. It stands for Technological Content Knowledge. Watching Punya Mishra’s informative video really helped me clarify how we as educators should be using this model in the classrooms. When being introduced to technology, we need to be careful not to be to drawn into using technology for technology’s sake in our classrooms, as opposed to using it as a vehicle for teaching. Technology is changing at a rapid rate and is impossible to keep up with, although according to Punya Mishra, that is probably the least of our problems. We need to move beyond a technocentric framework and focus in on how technology changes not just how we teach, but also what we teach, ie the content. The TPACK theory can be shown thus in the diagram:
So much more information is available than ever before now students have access to the internet and so therefore technology changes pedagogy. Technology changes how and what we teach and the contexts within which teaching and learning happens. It is also a great tool for educators to use to represent and share ideas.
The TPACK model shows how everything is interlinked, and reliant upon each another and does not stand alone. Technology is an important learning vehicle in today’s learning environment and clearly motivates students to learn together with the flipped-based classroom. The TPACK model can easily be related to my capstone project. Technology in this case certainly has changed the pedagogy. Students were able to go on line and choose to analyze a song that they felt related to them. The technology therefore influenced the content knowledge too, as students were guided through technology to a song and also chose its key 15 words. Students used technological knowledge to make a presentation to present their findings, in this case new vocabulary words, to their fellow students and to the school community at large.