Punya Mishra and Matthew J. Koehler in 2006 wrote a seminal piece on integrating three knowledge domains to explain the TPACK Framework for Teacher Knowledge. Let’s understand what these three domains are and how they can be integrated for highly effective teaching and learning. Ready?
Ms Bouquet uses experiments, exciting classroom activities, and various other teaching strategies to present a concept. She often dresses up as characters from the history lessons to take her learners back in time.
This combination of Content Knowledge and Pedagogical Knowledge is used to make content simpler for the learners. This domain as shown in the diagram above is called Pedagogical Content Knowledge or PCK.
Ms Bouquet also uses a hoard of technology tools to present her content to learners. She mostly uses PowerPoint presentations to present dates and timelines for her history lessons. She shows her learners movies using the projector to give them an idea of the social, political, and other aspects of the lives of people in ancient times.
Notice another combination in the situation, that of Technology and Content Knowledge to enable real time action for her 21st century learners. This domain, as you can see in the diagram, is called Technological Content Knowledge or TCK.
Ms Bouquet uses videos, audiobooks, simulations, e-books for our learners, depending on their needs, preferences, and interests to present content, to teach and to assess her learners.
This combination of Technology and Pedagogical Knowledge is used to teach learners with diverse needs, preferences, and interests. This domain, also shown in the diagram above, is called Technological Pedagogical Knowledge or TPK.
Ms Bouquet combines all the three domains to create magic in her classroom to make teaching and learning effective.
The strong centre that you see in the diagram where we use technology for both pedagogy as well as content is called Technological, Pedagogical, And Content Knowledge or TPACK.
It is essential for us to integrate technology with pedagogy and content for adapting our classes to the 21st century learners.
To explore the topic further, feel free to check out our course on Using Technology for Teaching and Learning.
Technology is a very powerful tool that enables effective teaching and learning. If not used safely, it can prove to be highly destructive.
We hear all the time, be accountable towards your learners, ‘go the extra mile’, ‘bend over backwards’ for them, ‘go above and beyond’. Accountability towards learners may sometimes seem like going the extra mile, but it is not.
Think about everything you need to be, do and know as a teacher. If you are committed to being, doing and knowing the things that you should, you are an accountable teacher.