TPACK The Confluence Between Technology, Content, and Pedagogy
What does it mean to be literate in the 21st Century?
I learned to read so young that I don't recall the process. Books were my window to the world. I enjoyed learning new words, but it seemed to me that reading was a natural activity, as automatic as breathing. However, I clearly remember the first computer I laid hands on, a plain grey Commodore 64 with a giant monitor. I remember struggling to write my first computer program in an after school enrichment program. It took forever, and it was hard. After great effort, I finally managed to create a tiny jumping bug that said "eep!". At that age, technology was magic to me.
Today's high school students, often referred to as "Generation Z", live and breathe technology. Our school is a 1:1 BYOD, Google Apps for Education environment, and using computers, smartphones, and the internet is as natural to these students as using the card catalogue at the library was to me. Today's students expect to read, research, write, and collaborate online. My role as a teacher is to help facilitate their exploration and use of technology. It is a tool for them to use, but it is our job as teachers to help them use it effectively.
Technology transcends content and allows us to teach critical 21st century skills (4 C's) focused around AEA Writing is the process of making sense of the concepts that technology allows us to access. Technology allows us to access life long learning skills across content and time. Broad scale Deeper level. Reflective learning process. (Metacognitive process for students to look back and reflect on their learning)