Google Sites Continued and TPACK

PART ONE: Finishing up websites

Do you have any questions about your website? Keep in mind that we will work on these websites all semester. There is plenty of time to make changes and improvements.

Make sure that your website includes:

  • Home page
    • Picture of you
    • Short description or list of what you would like to learn this semester
  • About Me page
    • 2-3 pictures
    • 2-3 links to relevant websites
    • 2-3 paragraphs about you
  • Sidebar navigation
    • Links to all of your pages from the menu
    • Pages are ordered, starting with Home and followed by About Me

Fill out this form so I can access your website.

We’ll spend a few minutes in class today sharing our autobiographies and gathering information about what we would like to learn.

PART TWO: Creating a Context

A context is the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.

For many of you, your context in EDIT 2000 is that of a new teacher working to balance administrative constraints with your desire to create an innovative, interesting classroom. For the rest of you, using technological tools in the workplace to improve communication both within the organization and with external customers will be important.

So – what is TPACK and what does it have to do with teaching and learning?

Sometimes it’s easy to use technology – but is it easy to use technology that teaches content? It’s also easy to get caught up in the bells and whistles of technology tools and forget about the content. And how do you create a lesson that teaches content while also engaging your learners? Creating this “perfect storm” requires something called TPACK: Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge. This is going to require a little PowerPoint.

See how one school in South Carolina has used technology to really engage their students.

For more information, you can check out this quick guide to TPACK. You may also want to read more about it in What is Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)?

For Wednesday

  1. Read Chapter 1 – complete the Chapter 1 reading guide. (You are required to complete 4 of the 6 reading guides over the course of the semester). If you have not gotten your text yet, you can access a .pdf of Chapter 1 here. Your reading guide is due at the beginning of class Wednesday. Make sure your name is on it. Hard copies are preferred, but you can definitely email it if you’d like.
  2. Watch the TPACK Radio/Video Show created by the primary researchers behind TPACK.
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