In the video you are about to see, I use a kitchen utensil (of which I do not know the name) to build a cheese platter demonstrating the principles behind the Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge (TPACK) movement. As I did before engaging in the project, you may be thinking, “What does using the wrong tool in the kitchen have to do with teaching and technology practices?” Surprisingly, I identified strong connections between the two.
Enjoy my fumbling about the kitchen.
As Dr. Punya Mishra (2012) shares in his keynote lecture at the 21st Century Learning Conference, educational technologies are a fallacy; however, there are technologies which can be expertly employed to further educational opportunities for students. At the heart of this argument is the challenge of re-purposing technology to meet the new demands of learning. In a similar way, this TPACK quickfire challenge pushed me to identify and explicitly state the ways in which my improper instrument could be properly implemented.
As an educator, I have been passively waiting for an ideal technology before bringing it into my classroom; however, that ensures that I will never effectively incorporate technology given the rate at which it changes. Instead, I need the mindset of TPACK to effectively identify the ways I can hijack technologies for learning purposes. This framework provides resources to analyze technologies, both old and new, so that I can further the (mathematics) content in ways which were previously unavailable.
I encourage you to check out the links provided to look deeply at TPACK.