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ERIC Number: EJ839143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
Too Cool for School? No Way! Using the TPACK Framework: You Can Have Your Hot Tools and Teach with Them, Too
Mishra, Punya; Koehler, Matthew
Learning & Leading with Technology, v36 n7 p14-18 May 2009
This is the age of cool tools. Facebook, iPhone, Flickr, blogs, cloud computing, Smart Boards, YouTube, Google Earth, and GPS are just a few examples of new technologies that bombard people from all directions. As individuals people see a new technology and can appreciate its coolness, but as educators they wonder how these tools can be used for teaching. The fact that a technology is innovative and popular does not make it an educational technology. But these technologies have the potential to fundamentally change the way people think about teaching and learning. Repurposing these cool tools for educational purposes, however, is not simple. If educators are to repurpose tools and integrate them into their teaching, they require a specific kind of knowledge that is called technological pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK). In this article, the authors provide three examples of technology that can be repurposed for educational ends--microblogging, visual search engines, and music DJ software. All of these examples were developed by a team of Punya Mishra's graduate students.
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