Let me explain how we get to this video of me holding a fork covered in peanut butter. This week I spent some time learning about Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK), a framework first described in Dr. Punya Mishra and Dr. Matthew Koehler’s publication Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A Framework for Teacher Knowledge (2006). They explain that an educator must combine their technological knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and content knowledge to help teach and engage learners. Drs. Mishra and Koehler expand on this in their SITE Keynote Address titled Thinking Creatively: Teachers as Designers of Technology, Pedagogy, & Content, which I highly recommend (2008)! It broadened my idea of what technology is in a classroom.
What amazed me is how I was already using TPACK without knowing about it. This month my 6th graders are learning about the origins of hip hop, and Grandmaster Flash was the first person to start record scratching. We played the sound, we showed a video, but the most effective lesson my co-teacher and I did was bring in a record player and show them how to scratch. The record player is not the most recent technology, but it is the best technology for the job at hand.
To learn more about TPACK, I was asked to do a “Cooking with TPACK” activity. My friend Regina came over and picked out three kitchen items for me to use to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I think she may have let me off easy but see for yourself!
It reinforced for me that using the right technology for any activity is important. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to wash some peanut butter and jelly off my laptop…
Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. J. (2006). Technological pedagogical content knowledge: A framework for teacher knowledge. Teachers College Record, 108(6), 1017-1054.
Koehler, Matthew J, and Mishra, Punya. “Mishra & Koehler (2008) – SITE 2008 KEYNOTE ADDRESS.” YouTube, 12 Sept. 2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iCPLTz7Z-Q.