My TPACK journey began when I discovered professional development available through NapaLearns and the Digital Innovators Program. I found the workshops useful and fun. I enjoyed teachers’ camaraderie while learning about cool tools and teaching strategies that I could use in the classroom. My fourth-graders have profited from my learning which has led me to explore the role of adult learning (andragogy) in professional development. During the Pandemic, Teachers had to learn Distance-teaching tools at a scale and pace that was overwhelming to many. I wanted to know how teachers were navigating this learning. How do teachers internalize what they have learned during professional development and how does that knowledge impact student learning? Attempting to answer this driving question became the focus of my Master’s Action Research Project. Through the Touro University Masters of Innovative Learning program, I studied the following Professional Development delivery vehicles, namely Professional Learning Communities (PLC), Workshop (WS) model, and Communities of Practice (CoP).
The magic of TPACK is the point where technology, pedagogy, content, and knowledge intersect. This synergy creates an energy that drives education. It is where teaching becomes an art. As Tim Minchin has said, “The arts and sciences need to work together-- to improve how knowledge is communicated.” All three Professional Development vehicles support teacher learning. Although, the PLC model is the only vehicle that simultaneously tracks student learning, determining the efficacy of Professional Development in light of student achievement needs further research.