Quickfire Challenge: TPACK

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.

One thought on “Quickfire Challenge: TPACK

  1. Before you even started, I was cringing thinking about how bad that brie would be mushed after the melon balling had its way with it. I love that you really got into the assignment and tried to find a different way to use the melon baller, nice McGyver work there. It might sound silly to appreciate how much thought and reflection you put into the use of a melon baller for cutting cheese, but it was nice to see you work through the challenge.

    And nice nod to the notion that sometimes we can wait too long to bring a technology in because it’s not perfect enough yet; I like that you’re thinking a bit more openly about trying to find ways to repurpose things that perhaps aren’t quite perfect, but good enough that you can repurpose them in a way that will still have a strong impact on what’s happening in the classroom.


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