The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conducts a series of webinars for its members. Matt Koehler and I just completed one today for ISTE’s Special Interest Group for Teacher Education (SIGTE). The webinar was titled Technology Integration in Teaching: The TPACK Framework and over 75 people joined in.
The webinar was hosted by Mike Charles from Pacific University in Oregon, SIGTE president. Debren Ferris and Audrey Vandeford (from ISTE) helped organize everything and ensure that we faced no technical problems. This was the first webinar we have conducted (apart from the one I had done for DePaul University – which technically wasn’t a webinar) and we owe a big thanks to Mike, Debren & Audrey for all their efforts in making this a success.
Mike introduced Matt and me as follows:
Dr. Punya Mishra and Dr. Matt Koehler are associate professors of Educational Technology at Michigan State University. Matt is from Sheboygan Wisconsin, the home of the bratwurst and Punya is from India, the land where the cow is regarded as being a holy animal. It is no surprise therefore to find out that Matt is a vegetarian and Punya loves his steaks (medium rare, please). They enjoy working together – and have collaborated on important research on the theoretical, pedagogical, and methodological aspects of understanding effective technology integration. This led to the development of the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework, something that has been receiving a lot of attention lately, and the subject of today’s webinar.
The abstract of the presentation was as follows:
Technology Integration in Teaching: The TPACK Framework
The ability to be creative and flexible is critical in face of a rapidly changing world. Nowhere is this more important than in teaching. Digital technology is playing an increasing important role in the world of teaching, offering the potential to fundamentally change the practice and process of teaching and learning. These changes, however, present significant challenges to teachers and teacher educators. Confronting these challenges requires moving beyond notions of just integrating technology to an understanding of the complex issues teachers face. In this session, we present the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework as a way of thinking about teacher knowledge, technology integration, and teacher creativity. TPACK, with its emphasis on the interaction teachers’ knowledge of Content, Pedagogy, and Technology, places teachers front and center as designers of curriculum, who flexibly and creatively integrate technology and pedagogical approaches to help their students understand subject matter.