21st century learning, TPACK and other fun stuff

by | Monday, September 29, 2014


I have been invited to participate in the 2014 Educational Technology Summit: Empowering Educators to Enhance Student Learning in the Digital Era. This conference is being organized by Common Sense MediaAnnenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, & the LEAD Commission. I am serving on a panel on preparing new teachers, moderated by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post. Other members on the panel are Daniel Soodjinda, Ed.D., from the California State University Stanislaus, and Deborah Stipek, dean, Stanford Graduate School of Education. It is going to be a packed and exciting day (see the schedule for yourself and if you are so inclined, you can actually watch the proceedings streamed live).


On this page I just wanted to list some resources that I think will come up during our discussion (that’s me being proactive, you see). 


21st Century Learning

  • In 2013 we published a review and synthesis of 15 21st Century Learning frameworks. The paper can be found here, a diagram that represents our findings can be found here.
  • The recurring cycle of hype and despair around ed tech in a blog post.

What is TPACK? And how can I learn more about it?

TPACK (or Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) is a framework for teacher knowledge introduced by Mishra & Koehler in 2006. It has been widely cited (over 2400 citations in Google Scholar) and has been described as being “the most significant advancement in the area of technology integration in the past 25 years.” There are lots of resources to learn about TPACK. Here are some:

Developing TPACK? What are the ways? 


What are you working on now?

Glad you asked. My current research and scholarly focus is on approaches to enhancing creativity in teaching and learning and the role that technology can play in that process. Lots of fascinating work currently underway – and quite a bit published as well. This page has a good snapshot of what is currently underway with links to articles related to rethinking technology, creativity and learning in the 21st century.

A few randomly selected blog posts…

Keeping tabs on the experts

In an age where experts are a dime a dozen, willing to pontificate at the drop of a pin, it is hard to tell whom to believe, and whom NOT to believe. In comes Phillip Tetlock, an academic who has made it his mission to evaluate the prognosticators! This is described...

Rube Goldberg website

Just found out about this through a list-serv I am on. Very cool. Hema is a Dutch department store (started back in 1926 and has over 150 stores all over the Netherlands). Check out HEMA's product page... and just wait a couple of seconds and watch what happens. Don't...

The medium is the massage

Nicholas Carr has an interesting post (titled Rewiring the mind) on the findings of a recent study into the information seeking behaviors of scholars. (The full study in pdf format can be downloaded here.) Carr seems to suggest that these results indicate a...

TPACK Newsletter #40, March 2019

TPACK Newsletter #40, March 2019

Here is the Special Spring 2019 Conference Issue of the TPACK Newsletter (#40, March 2019), as curated and shared by Judi Harris and her team. (Previous issues are archived here.) This special issue include all the TPACK-related papers/sessions that...

Synthesis: A creative cognitive tool (2 articles)

Over the past couple of years my research team (the Deep-Play Research group) and I have been writing an on-going series of articles  about rethinking technology and creativity for the 21st century. Published in the journal TechTrends, these articles have been great...


Mumbai, 11/26/08 Nov. 27: School children hold candles as they pay tribute to the victims of terrorist attacks in Mumbai at a school in Ahmadabad, India, on Thursday. (Photo credit: washingtonpost.com) The last few days have been very strange... dream and nightmare in...

Microblogging in the classroom

I have written quite a bit about how a technology can become an educational technology (see this, this, this and this). This is a non-trivial task that all educators face, and requires situational creativity in re-purposing / re-designing the existing tool to meet...

Pogue on design

David Pogue has couple of great examples in his latest posting about bad design in the world of software. Check out: It’s the Software, Not You. Potentially useful in CEP817/917...

Visually representing a song

How can anybody resist this flowchart / visual representation of Hey Jude! Check it out. Don't you just hear the song as you move through the boxes and arrows.


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