Getting to know TPACK
Last night I promised @pam_thompson that I would send her some links about TPACK. I’d just started compiling all of them into a word document when I realised I really ought to be doing that on here so everyone can benefit! Silly me! So, if you’re curious about TPACK, are looking for some resources to share with colleagues or to develop your own understanding, you’ll love the fact that Pam asked the question! 😉
When I started exploring TPACK I purchased The Handbook of Technological Content Knowledge (TPCK) for Educators. The first thing you might notice is that the TPACK in this title is lacking an A. That’s because this book was published in 2008, only 2 years after TPACK had been invented. TPACK and TPCK are the same thing. When you ask Punya an Matt about the ‘A’ they’ll tell you that it was just easier to say TPACK at conference than it was to say TPCK (it’s true too… try it…) so they borrowed a vowel 😉
The book represent some fo the first thoughts from education and academic leaders on the framework. I will warnyou, it’s not a cheap volume. It is, however rather interesting. The first part of the book breaks down what TPACK is, the second is divided into eight chapters in which different curriculum areas are examined with the TPACK framework in mind. I particularly enjoyed reading the chapters on mathematics, Social Studies and English (well literacy). The fact that its connected to a learning area helped me to make links to my own teaching practice. Practical. You’ll find the first chapter of the book online here, at Punya’s blog. There are definatly five copies of it in the Flinders Uni Library too… I made sure of it!
Thinking Creatively: Teachers as designers of Content, Technology and Pedagogy
I have to be honest though and tell you that I didn’t really get into TPACK until I watched the Keynote from 2008. It’s 45 minutes long. Don’t sigh.. it’s just like watching George.. it flies and you’ll have a great time! On YouTube it’s actually presented as 5 short videos that you join together so you can always break it up if you like. You’ll get into though… you’ll see 😉
In it Punya and Matt (the men who came up with TPACK) talk a lot of sense. They go through what it is to be creative, how technology can help us to do so, how the world has changed, how their framework came about , how it fits into today’s education system and they do so with flair and fun!
Punya Mishra – Keynote Speaker at 21st Century Learning Conference – Hong Kong 2012
I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Punya and Matt at the TTF, National Schools Network Conference. They gave another keynote there. This video of Punya speaking at the 21st Century Learning Conference in Hong Kong is very similar to the keynote they addressed us with. Think of it as TPACK 4 years on. It’s still full of fascinating, poignant points and well worth a watch.
If you learn by watching you might like to have a look at my TPACK playlist on YouTube. I love the TPACK mashup game that’s in there! Great PD exercise!
Blogs and Websites to Explore
There are also lots of wonderful websites on which you can find articles, discussions, PD ideas and more. Here they are:
TPACK – Technolgogical, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge – This is the official TPACK site and it’s full of great articles and readings.
Punya Mishra’s Web – This is the blog of one of the founders of TPACK.
Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A Framework for Teacher Knowledge by Punya Mishra, Matthew J Koehler, 2006. I believe this is to be the original paper in which the TPACK framework was born!
The Teaching Teachers for the Future Project. This project was based around TPACK and ESA produced some useful resources which can be used by teachers to evaluate the effectiveness of ICT in the classroom. The site contains a brief overview of what TPACK is and then several resource packs which contain lesson plans, video and professional development activities to help you evaluate how effective technology is being used in the lessons. It’s interesting to observe and critique 🙂 You’ll need to get into SCOOTLE to view the packages.
Posts I’ve written in which I’ve discussed or demonstrated TPACK.