TPACK Newsletter (#1)

by | Saturday, January 31, 2009

Judi Harris, Matt Koehler, Mario Kelly and I have been working on setting up a regular TPACK newsletter. The first edition of the newsletter went out to subscribers yesterday. I am including the newsletter here for archival purposes. If you are interested in signing up for future issues please follow the directions at the end of this message or drop an email to Judi Harris.

Announcing: The TPACK Newsletter
Issue #1 – late January 2009

Welcome to the first edition of the TPACK Newsletter. If you are interested in technology, teaching and learning, this newsletter is for you. If you have no interest in these matters, please accept our apologies. If you are even mildly interested, feel free to surf over to to find out more.

Toward the end of this document we provide information on how to subscribe (or, heaven forbid, unsubscribe) to this newsletter, how to contribute and other important stuff.

Gratuitous Quote about Technology

“We notice things that don’t work. We don’t notice things that do. We notice computers, we don’t notice pennies. We notice e-book readers, we don’t notice books”— Douglas Adams in Salomon of Doubt, p. 110.

In this Issue:
-2. Announcing the TPACK Newsletter
-1. Gratuitous quote about technology
0. In this issue ( ß You are here)
1. Special Issue of CITE Journal on TPACK: The Teaser
2. Recent TPACK Publications
3. TPACK goes International
4. Upcoming TPACK Events
5. New Wiki – Activity Types for Developing TPACK
6. TPACK at National-Louis
7. Learning and Doing More with TPACK
–. Un-numbered miscellaneous stuff at the end

1. Special Issue of CITE Journal on TPACK: The Teaser

Early in March (anticipated publication date of March 1, 2009), CITE Journal will publish a special issue focused upon TPACK. There will be more details in the upcoming February newsletter, including titles and authors of the articles in that special issue, so stay tuned! (Yes, we are being a bit secretive about this authors and article names, mainly to raise anticipation for the February newsletter…)

2. Recent TPACK Publications & Presentations

Here are a few recent TPACK publications that we know about. If you know of others published within the past several months, please let us know (

Cox, S. (2008). A conceptual analysis of technological pedagogical content knowledge. Doctoral Dissertation, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.

Ronau, R. N., Niess, M. L., Browning, C., Pugalee, D., Driskell, S. O., & Harrington, R. (2009). Framing the research on digital technologies and student learning in mathematics. In L. Bell, L. Schrum, & E. A. Thompson (Eds.), Framing research on technology and student learning in the content areas. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Hofer, M., Swan, K.O., (2009). Technological pedagogical content knowledge in action: A case study of a middle school digital documentary project. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 41(2), 179-200.

Foster, A. N., & Mishra, P. (2008). Games, claims, genres & learning. In R. E. Ferdig (Ed.), Handbook of research on effective electronic gaming in education. Information Science Reference; Hershey, PA (1759 pages; 3 volumes). pp. 33-50. [TPACK framework applied to games and learning.]

Lee, H., & Hollebrands, K. (2008). Preparing to teach mathematics with technology: An integrated approach to developing technological pedagogical content knowledge. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education [Online serial], 8(4).

Niess, M. L. (2008). Knowledge needed for teaching with technologies – call it TPACK, AMTE Connections, 17(2), 9-10.

Mishra, P., & Koehler, M.J. (2008, November). Technology integration in teaching: The TPACK framework. Webinar sponsored by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), November 20, 2008.

Harris, J., & Hofer, M. (2008, September). Truly technologically integrated planning for teaching & learning (Spotlight Session). Paper presented at the National Educational Computing Conference, San Antonio, TX, June 30, 2008.

Harris, J. (2008, October). Knowledge for effective teaching with technology. Innovative Learning Conference, San Jose, CA: October 15, 2008. (Sponsored by SMART Technologies) [presentation viewable online].

3. TPACK Goes International

The CDC has received reports regarding the spread of the TPACK virus to multiple countries. Here are details of a few outbreaks.

(a) North-North American Connections:
On December 15, 2008, Judi Harris taught a day-long workshop on helping teachers to develop TPACK using curriculum-based learning activity types taxonomies, to all of the regional educational directors and their social studies and mathematics curriculum coordinators in the province of Alberta, Canada – the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia. They have incorporated the TPACK framework and the activity types approach to TPACK development into the professional development plan for the province that they have recently submitted to the Ministry of Education.

(b) East is East
Punya Mishra traveled this summer across Southeast Asia, delivering slight variations on the TPACK talk to different audiences (little did they know that they could have just downloaded the SITE keynote for free — and so can you!). He spoke at the University Sains Malaysia, Penang (in Malaysia); Chiayi University, Chung Cheng University and the National Sun Yat-Sen University (in Taiwan); University of Hong Kong (in the PRC); and at the Symposium on Education & Technology in Schools: Converging for Innovation & Creativity, Bangalore (in India).

Not to be outdone, Matt Koehler spread the TPACK message to Chinese educators by presenting a keynote address at the Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education, right here in East Lansing, Michigan.

(c) Eeew! Did you ignore the EU?
Punya recently returned from a symposium organized by the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, University of Twente (in the Netherlands). He both presented a special session on the TPACK framework and conducted a workshop on TPACK and Creativity with master’s students in the Department of Curriculum Design and Educational Innovation.

Details on Matt’s and Punya’s talks can be found on their respective Web sites.

4. Upcoming TPACK Events

A selective (OK, pretty arbitrarily chosen) list of upcoming TPACK-related events.

Niess, M., Driskell, S., Ronau, R., Pugalee, D. , Harper, S. , Shafter, K., Johnston, C.. Browning, C., Kosheleva, O., Weinhold, M. (AMTE Technology Committee members and volunteers). Using Technology Standards for Mathematics Teacher to Design Learning Environments and Experiences for Methods Courses. 3-hour workshop to be presented at the 13th annual conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Conference in Orlando, FL, February 5, 2009

31 TPACK presentations at SITE 2009, plus the TPACK SIG meeting, in Charleston SC. Also TPACK at AERA, San Diego, CA. More information in upcoming newsletters.

Coming up: Webinar conference on TPACK-related issues organized by the Committee on Innovation and Technology of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. (No, we don’t know when this will be.)

5. New TPACK-related Online Resources

Wiki – Activity Types for Developing TPACK
Mark Hofer and Judi Harris have put a Learning Activity Types Wiki online at It serves as the online center for information about the learning activity types approach to teachers’ development of TPACK. Along with 5 other collaborators (Meg Blanchard, Neal Grandgenett, Denise Schmidt, Marcela van Olphen, and Carl Young) Mark & Judi are developing and posting 6 activity types taxonomies (for science, math, K-6 literacy, world languages, secondary English, and social studies). Right now, the new wiki includes social studies and mathematics taxonomies, plus online surveys (1 per taxonomy) that we invite folks to complete to help us to vet, evaluate, refine, and revise the taxonomies. By March 1, 2009, all six new taxonomies and feedback forms will be available via this wiki.

6. TPACK and Faculty Development

Craig Cunningham and Arlene Borthwick have been using the TPACK framework for faculty development at National-Louis University. Funded by a Senate Faculty Development Grant, they have brought together faculty from the National College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences to form small groups to apply the TPACK model to integrating technology into teacher preservice courses. They plan to present their results at a Center for Practitioner Research-sponsored symposium — which of course we will report on in future issues of this newsletter.

7. Learning and Doing More with TPACK

Interested in learning more about TPACK or getting more involved in the TPACK community? Here are a few ideas:

– Visit and contribute to the TPACK wiki at:
– Join the TPACK SIG at:
– Join and contribute to the TPACK Google group at:
– Review and provide feedback on the TPACK Learning Activity Types at:

Feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone who might be interested in its contents. Even better, have them subscribe to the TPACK newsletter by sending a blank email to, with the following text in the subject line: subscribe FirstName LastName (of course, substituting their own first and last names for ‘FirstName’ and ‘LastName’ — unless their name happens to be FirstName LastName, in which case they can just leave it as is).

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Hope to see you at the TPACK SIG meeting at SITE 2009 (on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm) in Charleston, SC!

– Judi, Matt, Mario, and Punya

Judi Harris, Chair, College of William & Mary
Matt Koehler, Vice-Chair, Michigan State University
Mario Kelly, Futon, Hunter College
Punya Mishra, Recliner, Michigan State University

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  1. Brandie Waldschmidt

    I would like to subscribe to your newletter.
    Thank you.

    • Punya Mishra

      Instructions for doing so are included in the newsletter itself. Thanks ~ punya

  2. Punya Mishra

    Glen, thanks for your note. The only surveys I currently know of are the one created by us (with people at Iowa State) and the other by, if I remember right, by people over at Arizona State. They can be accessed at (which you may already have visited). Sorry, if this isn’t helpful.

    Incidentally, if you come across any more, do drop me a line.

    I would like to hear more about the PD you are planning. How are you thinking of using the surveys?

    ~ punya

  3. glen coleman


    Hi, I’ll be leading professional development sessions in my school and have been researching different TPACK surveys. I’ve downloaded the one on your website: very helpful and thank you. I was hoping you might know of others TPACK surveys for teachers. Could you possibly forward me some links?

    Your assistance will prove meaningful for our program. Thank you and I look forward to hear from you,


  4. Punya Mishra

    Carol, you will need to subscribe yourself by following the directions given above. Essentially you need to send a blank email to, with the following text in the subject line: subscribe FirstName LastName (replace FirstName LastName with the Carol Kennedy).

  5. Carol Kahan Kennedy PhD

    This looks very useful and interesting. Please include me in the subscription.




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