I had the opportunity to be introduced to the TPACK framework and how the TPACK approach goes beyond seeing Content (CK), Pedagogy (PK), and Technology (TK) in isolation and how they emphasize the kinds of knowledge that lie at the intersections between three primary forms: Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK), Technological Content Knowledge (TCK), Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK), and Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK). Although my primary focus and projects were based around the Top 10 Must Have Technologies and Reader’s Workshop, I still found the small amount of time spent researching TPACK to be educational and informative as I never heard of the TPACK framework before this experience with Professor Rockwell. I want to learn more about TPACK and how they seamlessly integrate the three knowledge bases together.
However, I really did enjoy putting together and researching the Top 10 must have technologies providing information, links, and examples of how and what can be used in the classroom to help facilitate and enhance the learning process. I also had the pleasure of creating a table that visually combined a variety of information pertaining to Reader’s Workshop into a simple table providing examples, resources, and strategies that can be used to incorporate Reader’s Workshop into the classroom and any grade level. Part of the project also included providing tools that could be used in conjunction with the resources and strategies. Between the two projects I spent around 40 hours of researching, compiling, and building to the modules to be used for a future class.
What I gained from my experience in EDTC 6461 Design of Technology Supported Learning Environments Internship was the ability to create instructional materials that reflect current theory and research on learning, demonstrate a creative infusion of technology into the content areas, and approach assessment as a dynamic, process-oriented component of the learning experience. By focusing on the concepts and competencies that teachers ought to have to meaningfully integrate technology into instruction in their specific content area.
Future students will benefit from the work I did during the internship course; providing them with the resources that will enable them to utilize the information in a productive and resourceful way. Cutting down their time on researching for the resources and the technology needed to integrate into their lessons by providing a breakdown of what technology to use for what purpose.