Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday Tech Tip

I am in awe of some of the awesome things that teachers are working on using technology already this year. If you have been trying something new, please send me an email and let me know. You never know, you may be featured right here on the Tech Coach Blog!

Today's Tech Tip is one way to concentrate on technology integration, instead of just using technology in the classroom. Good frameworks of technology integration concentrate on not only the technology piece, but also the teaching piece and the student learning piece. One such framework is called TPACK (pronounced "tee-pack"). TPACK is a framework that imparts the importance of focusing on Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge as the pinnacles of a comprehensive teaching and learning plan. The areas where there is overlap are the places where the true magic happens. Here is a visual of the TPACK framework:

In the spotlight today for demonstrating one of these areas of 'magical overlap'* is Dan Loomis, high school science teacher. Dan used his knowledge of Google Forms along with his pedagogical knowledge that students need active reminders of their reading strategies and ways to reflect on using them while they do a reading assignment to create an online assignment. Another area of pedagogy Dan addresses with this Google Form is that it is important to collect student data across multiple teachers to determine the effectiveness of the curriculum. To that end, Dan and the rest of the science department plan to test this form out with students in different class periods with different teachers. Dan's efforts focus in the overlap between Technology and Pedagogy, Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK). Dan applied these principles creating a Google Form which asks students to use the SQ3R reading strategy to complete a summary of an assigned text. He reminds students that SQ3R stands for "Survey, Question, Read, Recite and Review."

As you can see below, the Google Form utilizes an assigned reading to step students through the SQ3R process (pedagogy) while concentrating on the current chapter of study (content knowledge).

I asked Dan's permission to share this form. If you have questions about how to create a form like this yourself, contact Cara (x5208) or Sarah (x2216).

*obviously, the overlap is not magical, but a result of hard work and planning

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