I will not lie… ever… about how scared some of these projects have made me in the IT&DML program. To stretch yourself to be outside of your comfort zone is something I will shy away from. Truth. Last summer, this project made me thankful for the slow two year track. I can’t escape it now though. The good news is, it’s all doable. Just still not happy about seeing myself on video.

TPACK, by definition, is…

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is a framework that identifies the knowledge teachers need to teach effectively with technology.

It’s a really fancy way of saying that students comprehend and can apply what is being learned through technologies, content and pedogogical mastery. If one understands it and can apply it, it is known. Very simplistic but what ALL teachers strive for in their classrooms. The issue I have seen, however, is the time teachers have to introduce/build background/practice/apply/master/assess. Seriously… how can this happen?

Every good teacher struggles with the task of reaching “all” of his/her students within a unit or lesson. Is it possible? Not when you think last year’s lesson plans or worksheets are going to cut it. Good teachers know that students change year to year, month to month, day to day and even class to class. You can not always effectively teach your period one class with the same dymanic as your eighth period class. I never understood the teachers who kept binders on unit lessons from year to year. I mean, I “get” it… they are super organized and that’s one thing I am not. I always found it was like a whole new curriculum. Simply put… TPACK is representative of differentiation at it’s finest. This model includes the tool of technology, the utmost of personalization for students to be able to internalize concepts and apply their learning, a foundation of instructional practice in today’s world.

Reproduced by permission of the publisher, © 2012 by tpack.org

Reproduced by permission of the publisher, © 2012 by tpack.org

For more information… The TPACK framework extends Shulman’s idea of Pedagogical Content Knowledge.