TPACK is an acronym for Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge. A TPACK diagram is shown to the left. TPACK, which reflects a complete understanding of how to teach with technology, is at the core. TPACK's goal is to understand how to use technology to teach concepts in a way that enhances learning experiences for students.
There are so many advantages that technology can have in the classroom, whether it is training students for a technology-driven world or helping to simplify class management. But just merely having digital technologies in the classroom does not improve education. This is exactly why the framework for TPACK is important. TPACK demonstrates that there is a relationship between technology, content, and pedagogy, and it is important to combine them intentionally.
Applying Technological, Pedagogical Content Knowledge to a lesson is key. For planning purposes, I need to ask myself these questions:
Now that I've asked myself the above, I need to look where they all intersect:
My goal in the classroom is to be purposeful in applying each form of TPACK knowledge in order to enhance the activities of my original lesson plan. While I understand that it may not be possible to apply all of it to every lesson plan that I have, keeping the framework in mind when lesson planning can help me think strategically about where I can apply and use technology in the classroom to enhance the learning activities of my students.
To begin, I think that it is important to vary the teaching methods in the classroom based on the individual needs of the students, particularly those students who are English Language Learners and those students who may have special needs. In order to do this, it is important to keep up with new technologies, and this requires constant professional development.
It is also important to always try to learn more about my particular content or subject matter. There is so much to learn within the Social Sciences. Since I have a degree in Sociology, I would love to ultimately be able to teach courses in Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, and Social Justice. In order to do this, it again would require learning the subjects more in-depth. It would also be helpful to be able to learn from fellow educators who may give insight or assistance in teaching these subjects.
Finally, it will be important for me to be able to incorporate different technologies within the classroom in order to provide a better learning environment and in order to better engage my students with the content. I think that it is by truly engaging the students that they will want to learn in the classroom.
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