Cooking With TPACK

This week in CEP 810, we learned about the TPACK framework.  This framework focuses on how technology, content and pedagogy are interconnected and how each impacts the others when implementing new (or old) technologies in the classroom.  Within this framework, there is no such thing as educational technology.  There is a technology that educators use their knowledge of content and pedagogy to transform for use in a classroom.  A simplistic example of this would be a digital camera.  It is traditional use is for a person to photograph people, places and things that they find interesting.  This same camera in a classroom might be used by one student to represent understanding of a math concept such as fractions, by another to create a learning game that shows their understanding of number concepts and by a third to document book titles for an online reading portfolio.  The technology was repurposed for a use that supported the content in the classroom.

To represent TPACK, we were asked to do a simple cooking activity.  I had my six year old son choose a plate, a bowl and a utensil of his choice, which happened to be a fork, for the activity.  He then chose a number out of a hat which represented a simple kitchen activity.  The activity he selected was making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I then recorded myself and my thought process as I repurposed the fork to complete the process of making the sandwich.  That video is below:

If you would like more information on TPACK, visit

Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. J. (2006). Technological pedagogical content knowledge: A framework for teacher knowledge. Teachers College Record, 108(6), 1017-1054. Retrieved from download .pdf


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