TPACK is how Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge interact and overlap with each other.
The best example I have seen of TPACK used in its entirety and effectively would be in this class, Digital Tools. As the article required for reading suggests, there is “no right way to integrate technology in the curriculum.” The class is taught creatively using various forms of technology. The basic challenge is that technology is dynamic and always changing and improving but the Digital Tools has found relevant ways to incorporate a vast variety of tools into the teaching environment. The Content Knowledge displayed shows that the teacher is up to date on the current subject matter to be included and taught throughout the course. The content includes effective and up to date technology and specific and useful tools to students in their every day environments. Finally, the teachers uses a variety of pedagogical methods to teach the curriculum and engage students all while employing the various tools the class is teaching. The class is interactive and exciting and fun and students learn “hands on” in their classwork all while using the content to be learned for each assignment. There is a constant variety of methods employed to teach, learn and master the content that is to be acquired by the student.
The area I struggle with most is the pedagogy. I know the content and have learned various technological tools to employ but to make the leap of “how” to actually teach or present something in the most effective manner is something that can be a challenge for me. While I feel I know the material to be taught well, I think my biggest strength is in technology. I enjoy learning and employing new technology and how those tools can be used to make my life easier while getting the job done better! I enjoy that technology is ever advancing and always changing and can be used in such a variety of ways and encourages creativity and thinking outside of the box.
Below are the results from my survey.
The 21st Century learners were bored, could not concentrate, some were not going to class, and others were not reading the assigned readings for their classes. The students felt like it had nothing to do with their lives. Today’s class sizes of 200 people, does not allow you to know each other on a name to name basis and most teachers do not know your name. They hate being talked at. Learners today hate lectures and tune them out. Today’s learners want to know what they need to know for test purposes just so they can pass the class and move on. I consider myself as a 21st century learner. I want to know what I need to know to make the grades. I take online classes because I work full time and cannot attend class on campus. This probably worsens my thoughts about what to learn just what I need to know to pass the class. I easily get sidetracked and bored in class if the instructor is not keeping my attention. I communicate with my class mates, coworkers, and keep track of real time inventory at my manufacturing plants in Honduras and El Salvador through today’s technology and media. Technology allows us to strengthen our communication and abilities to do so many things every day.
Today’s teachers should find new ways to present information in classrooms so students will want to learn and pay attention to what they are being taught. Educators should take into consideration that each student is different and everyone learns in their own way. Through surveys it is known that students prefer to deal with questions and not just answers. Students prefer group projects and dealing with real life situations. Students today want to be able to share their opinions and be heard. Educators should incorporate different teaching strategies to keep the students engaged and not lecturing every class.
Our team project will cater to the students who want to further their education or students who want to start their work career right out of high school. Students will be using hands-on with computers and today’s technology to learn how to create their resumes and cover letters. Students will be able to work in group projects to collaborate how they should start to create these documents. The students will also be required to give feedback throughout the learning experience and be able to present a finished document to prove they have mastered the ability to create a resume and cover letter.