TPaCK WebQuest

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Introduction:

At our previous meetings we used the TPaCK framework to examine and discuss a set of activities/projects. This WebQuest is designed to practice using the TPaCK framework, but this time, the focus will be on activities/projects created in !gnite.

The Task:

To understand and define TPaCK for yourself and your group you need to wrestle with existing definitions and real life examples. By the end of this WebQuest, you and your group will answer these questions:

  1. Which two lessons/projects listed below best blend thoughtful knowledge of technology, pedagogy, and content? Why?
  2. What does best mean to you?
  3. What elements of the activities did your group disagree on because of your roles?
  4. How does this compare to using the "Prensky Scale "?

The Process:

Step 1) You'll be assigned a group of three. Each member of the group will be assigned one of three perspectives from which to examine the lessons/projects below. The three perspectives are:

T.gifThe Technophile
(think David Pogue )
P.gifPedagogy Expert
(think John Dewey )
C.gifContent Expert
(think The Professor)
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You love the Tools. The newer, the shinier, the more powerful the better. To you, the best lessons/projects make the best use of the technology available to the kids and meet ISTE's standards . If the lesson/project makes minimal use of the tools, you'd rather use a more traditional assignment. Your mantra is "new things new ways ", but make sure it is integral, not an add-on.
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You love variety in your methods. To you, the best lessons/projects have elements that are: hands-on, experiential, project-based, differentiated, address the multiple intelligences, etc.
You take to heart Comenius' quote, "Let the main object of this, our Didactic, be as follows : To seek and to find a method of instruction by which teachers may teach less, but learners may learn more ..."
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You love your content. To you, the best lessons/projects meet your state standards (GLCE's), are rigorous, cover all of Bloom's taxonomy, and assess students' comprehension thoroughly. You want your students to appreciate your content area as much as you do.


Step 2) Next you will regroup with the other team members who represent the perspective you have been assigned. As a group, you'll examine each of the lessons/projects below and use the worksheet to jot down some notes of your opinions of each from your perspective (try not to let your everyday perspective cloud your judgment). You'll need to examine each site fairly quickly. Don't spend more than 5 minutes on any one site. Your instructor will keep time using this clock:

Time spent so far:


Here are the lessons/projects you'll be analyzing:
Wednesday & Friday
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Thursday
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  1. Pecha Kucha
  2. Writers Workshop Ideas
  3. Birmingham, AL Watsone Connection
  4. Ancient History Photostory
  5. Math How To Videos
  1. Historical Event Broadcast
  2. Top 10 Forum
  3. Mini Biographies
  4. Google Earth Tour &
    Watsons Go To Birmingham Google Earth Tour
  5. The Watsons Glogster Project


Step 3) Log in to the wiki, in your expert groups, add comments to each of the five activities bulleting the growth opportunities your group listed on your worksheet.

Step 4) When the perspective groups have examined all the lessons/projects, it's time to get together with your Jigsaw group to answer the questions.

  1. Which two lessons/projects listed below best blend thoughtful knowledge of technology, pedagogy, and content? Why?
  2. What does best mean to you?
  3. What elements of the activities did your group disagree on because of your roles?

One way to proceed would be to go around and poll each team member for the best two and worst two from their perspective. Pay attention to each of the other perspectives, even if at first you think you might disagree with them. Use the TPaCK diagram to determine where these lessons fall.

There will probably not be unanimous agreement, so the next step is to talk together to hammer out a compromise consensus about your team's nominations for best and worst. Pool your perspectives and see if you can agree on what's best for the learner. DO NOT JUST TALLY UP THE VOTES AND DECLARE A WINNER. Instead, begin to put aside your individual perspective and come to an agreement that takes into account all three perspectives.

One person in each group should record the group's thoughts.

Step 5) When debriefing time is called, report your results to the whole group. Do you think the other groups will agree with your conclusions?

Conclusion

  • How does this compare to using the "Prensky Scale"?

Extension

Modified from: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/webquestwebquest-es.html
TPaCK Graphic: http://www.tpack.org/