Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) – “Underlying truly meaningful and deeply skilled teaching with technology, TPACK is different from knowledge of all three concepts individually. Instead, TPACK is the basis of effective teaching with technology, requiring an understanding of the representation of concepts using technologies; pedagogical techniques that use technologies in constructive ways to teach content; knowledge of what makes concepts difficult or easy to learn and how technology can help redress some of the problems that students face; knowledge of students’ prior knowledge and theories of epistemology; and knowledge of how technologies can be used to build on existing knowledge to develop new epistemologies or strengthen old ones” (Koehler & Mishra, 2009).
This program through Touro has really allowed me to reflect on my teaching practices. What is working, what needs to change, and how do I better present content to meet the needs of my students? This research project encompasses everything that TPACK represents. You must have a strong understanding of your content and abilities as an instructor. You must be able to reflect and build knowledge on what is working and what isn’t. You must ask questions every step of the way.
My next step and goal is to outfit my APE students next year with fitness trackers to record activity levels during and outside my classroom. My hope is that it is a constant reminder to remain active outside of PE and to set daily step and heart rate goals. This data can be easily collected and reviewed with the students to help them better understand the importance of physical activity.