It is another start to what I’m sure will be a wonderful week of learning. This morning I have worked my way through the study desk and have begun to build my understanding of TPACK.
C – Content
K – Knowledge
There are seven components to TPACK – content Knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, technological knowledge, technological content knowledge, technological pedagogical knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge and TPACK itself. It is a bit confusing to start off with, but once you look at each component individually it is easier to understand how it all fits together. I believe it is important to have a sound understanding of each component before you can develop your own personal TPACK.
As this is my fourth year in to my studies, content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge are concepts that I am all too familiar with. However, technological content knowledge and technological pedagogical knowledge are new concepts that I am beginning to wrap my head around.
I have briefly summarised my understanding based on previous courses and this weeks materials: content knowledge is what you teach, pedagogical knowledge is how you teach, pedagogical content knowledge is the understanding of what strategies to use in order to teach the content, technological content knowledge is the understanding of technology and technological pedagogical knowledge is the understanding of how to use technology in order to teach. Overall TPACK is the ability to combine these concepts together to effectively deliver engaging and meaningful lessons. Feel free to comment or elaborate on my explanation of the TPACK elements.
I believe that building your TPACK is an on-going process, I am familiar with content of all teaching areas in the primary context. However, the extent of my knowledge varies and I believe I am forever building on my content knowledge through experience, reflection and research. This is the same with my pedagogical knowledge, it largely depends on the type of students I have in my class and the content being taught as to what strategies I use in order to deliver my lessons. I believe pedagogy should stem from context, content and of course students learning needs. I am excited to build my technological content knowledge, I have come to realise that there is a lot to explore and discover. I feel I am definitely on my way to learning more about ICTs and their specific uses. I believe my technological pedagogical knowledge will take some time to build. I have incorporated ICTs into my teaching practice before, but as I have said in previous blogs they have been on the boring side. I think the more I open my world up to ICTs and the opportunities they can provide to enrich learning experience the more extensive my technological pedagogical knowledge will become.
I believe the game shown in the video on study desk in relation to TPACK, which is also linked here, is a great idea for pre-service teachers and even practising teachers to have a go at. It would help to build upon an individual’s TPACK and is a great way to share resources and ideas.
I am aware that we are focussing on the Australian Curriculum, but in my own research about ICTs in relation to pedagogy I came across this ‘Digital Pedagogy Guide’ for Queensland’s smart classrooms. It is an a4 page and will not take long to read. It explores professional values, professional relationships, professional knowledge and professional practice in relation to ICT planning indicators, digital pedagogy indicators and digital pedagogy advanced indicators. I found this interesting to read and relevant to understanding the purpose and importance of incorporating ICTs into education.
Please feel free to comment or share any information in regards to TPACK. Happy Blogging.