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TPACK - Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Digital Tools for Teachers - Trainers' Edition

"Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) attempts to identify the nature of knowledge required by teachers for technology integration in their teaching, while addressing the complex, multifaceted and situated nature of teacher knowledge."

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge

TPACK Explained - September 24, 2012 by mkoehler http://matt-koehler.com/tpack2/tpack-explained/

TPACK

Content Knowledge

The teacher's knowledge of the content to be learned/taught.

Pedagogical Knowledge

The teacher's knowledge of the methods, processes and practices of teaching and learning.

Technology Knowledge

The teacher's knowledge of ways of thinking about, and working with technology, tools and resources.

TPACK takes 3 primary types of knowledge

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Content Knowledge

Pedagogical Knowledge

Technology Knowledge

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is the teacher's ability to combine and apply all other types of knowledge with an understanding of their students' prior knowledge and learning context and to facilitate impactful learning.

Pedagogical Content Knowledge

The teacher's knowledge of the most appropriate pedagogical methods and approaches to teach specific content elements.

Technological Content Knowledge

The teacher's knowledge of how specific technologies relate to the content and subject matter to be taught / learned.

Technological Pedagogical Knowledge

The teacher's knowledge of how learning can change when particular technologies are applied in different ways.

TPACK

TPACK combines these primary types of knowledge to create four more.

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"TPACK is different from knowledge of all three concepts individually. Instead, TPACK is the basis of effective teaching with technology, requiring an understanding of the representation of concepts using technologies; pedagogical techniques that use technologies in constructive ways to teach content; knowledge of what makes concepts difficult or easy to learn and how technology can help redress some of the problems that students face; knowledge of students’ prior knowledge and theories of epistemology; and knowledge of how technologies can be used to build on existing knowledge to develop new epistemologies or strengthen old ones."

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Koehler, M. J., & Mishra, P. (2009). What is technological pedagogical content knowledge? Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 9(1), 60-70.

Reflect on your teaching

Think about your own attempts to implement educational technology with your students.

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Think about the six fields of knowledge that comprise TPACK. Rate youself from 1 - 10 on each. Which do you feel most / least confident about?How do you think you can improve your weaker areas of knowledge?How useful do you think the TPACK model is in helping you to use technology with your students?How could you use it as a framework to train other teachers?What role could it play in helping you to evaluate the potential of digital tools and resources?Do a search and find out more about TPACK.

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