TPACK Ambigram

by | Monday, March 02, 2009

I have been wanting to create a TPACK ambigram for a while now… what would be better than combining my two greatest loves – technology integration in teaching WITH ambigrams!

Finally after some subtle prodding by Matt Koehler I have finally done so. This is a reflection ambigram i.e. it would read the same when you hold it up to a mirror. Of course this makes it ideal for a t-shirt design (which I guess is the next step). To ensure that you do hold it up against a mirror I have placed some text below the image that is already reflected (nudge, nudge… ). Enjoy.

A few randomly selected blog posts…

Mishra, Nicholson & Wojcikiewicz (2001/2003)

Mishra, P., Nicholson, M., & Wojcikiewicz, S. (2001/2003). Does my wordprocessor have a personality? Topffer’s Law and Educational Technology. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 44 (7), 634-641. Reprinted in B. C. Bruce (Ed.). Literacy in the information...

Student engagement in school, the tale of 2 graphs

Gallup recently released a poll on student engagement - and the main finding is that "the longer students stay in school, the less engaged they become." As the post says: The Gallup Student Poll surveyed nearly 500,000 students in grades five through 12 from more than...

The intangibles of teaching

Jim Garrison and A. G. Rud have a wonderful article on TCRecord on Reverence in Classroom Teaching. Though, reverence may be "too exalted a word to associate with the practical and often mundane activities of teaching," it appears to me that ignoring these deeper...

Origin-al Interface snafu!

Origin-al Interface snafu!

The Origins Project at ASU is an attempt to explore humankind's most fundamental questions about our origins. As the website says, This project brings "together a diverse collection of the world’s leading scientists, scholars, and public intellectuals...

Self-similarity in math & ambigrams 3/3

Self-similarity in geometry is the idea of repeating a similar shape (often at a different scale) over and over again. In other words, a self-similar image contains copies of itself at smaller and smaller scales, such as the image below of the word "zoom."...

Appreciating Joel Colbert at AACTE

I just spent a couple of days in Chicago at the Annual meeting of the American Association for the Colleges of Teacher Education. On Friday evening was meeting of the Innovation and Technology Committee the highlight of which was a gift of appreciation that we gave...

The gullibility of experts

Does it matter whether a brownie is served on a paper plate or on china? Is the Patagonian Toothfish less tasty than the Chilean Bass? In an earlier posting (perception of taste) I had cited research showing that wine with an expensive price tag was judged to be...

How artists work

An interesting (and growing) collection of "habits, rituals and small (and occasionally big) methods people and teams use to get their work done. And in the specific anecdotes and the way people describe their own relationship to their own work." Kind of cool and...

The infinity of primes (proof as poem)

The math-po (and sci-po) stream keeps flowing. Math Mama Writes, who started the whole math-poetry movement has some more on her blog, and here is Erin Nash with some really beautiful biological poetry. And of course, here's her husband Sean Nash having his students...


  1. Peter Le Roux

    Dear Professor

    I loved the first article I read on TPACK. I was especially stimulated by the issue of classroom practices needing to be constructed as foundational disciplines and then as cross-curricular think tanks. I have downloaded another five of your PDF articles for reading in the vacation. I would love a referral to a site where I can download more of them. Thanks for the great work. The best part about it is that it understands that school units were always supposed to be about the teaching of our subjects as beautiful, living entities. Pet e

  2. Punya Mishra

    Sean, I think we are coming up with a cafe-press account… will post it onto the blog when that is done. We will not be making any money off it (as I had mentioned in my previous note).

  3. Punya Mishra

    Thanks. I think the next step is to set up a cafe-press account and price it at cost – and let people make their own, if they want. We already have a design for a TPACK button (modeled on the Got Milk campaign – even has the same typeface). That’s the one on the front page of my website. Just need some time!

  4. Sean Nash

    Oh yeah… this is quite- quite good!


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