At a regional digital education leaders' meeting last week, Nathan Thompson, a tech director from a neighboring school district, shared his views on the "TPACK" framework of technology integration.
I'd glanced at it before as a part of Ruben Puentedura's presentations on his SAMR model. But it looked pretty complex and scary and, really, who the hell needs yet another tech integration model?
Image source: http://www.tpack.org/
Might TPACK prove useful for evaluating software, apps, and educational websites?
I've always been distressed by the "app-happy" frenzy of many teachers and techies. Let's install every app! Let's go to every educational website! Let's assuage our FOMO and jump on board each sparkly bit of code! When I go to a conference, I want to see every "5000 Best Websites for Teachers" presentation! Woo, woo!
What would happen if before using any technology resource with kids, a simple form based on the TPACK model needed to be completed. It would simply require that these questions be answered:
- What is the content knowledge, skill set, or standard this resource will help you meet?
- What best-practice pedagogy does this resource use to help teach the content?
- What are the technical requirements of the resource?
Here is my fear. How many teachers may not be able to articulate either a standard or a pedagogy? This is why technology departments need their counterparts in the teaching and learning departments just as much as they need us. I think Covey would have called us "co-dependent."