TPACK Debrief & Who Are You Teaching?

Debrief TPACK

I asked you guys to watch the TPACK Radio/Video Show created by the primary researchers behind TPACK. What did you think? What questions do you still have?

Let’s watch one more short video about TPACK

Planning for the Semester

Let’s look over the project list. These are organized by unit.

Who Are You Teaching?

Digital Immigrants vs. Digital Natives – Which one are you?

One of the most exciting parts of teaching is meeting your students. There aren’t many careers where every year (or every semester) you get the pleasure of meeting anywhere from 20-100 new people. It’s really one of the gifts of the job. Good teachers know their students. Better teachers understand their students. One path to knowing your students is to understand their generation.

On the front of your index card describe how you learn new things. On the back of your index card, describe how you think your parents and professors learn.

Read about the Class of 2015.

Students you will teach (and any of you born after 1982) are sometimes called “digital natives,” a phrase coined by Marc Prensky. Most of the teachers you’ve had are considered “digital immigrants”. Here’s a video of some “digital natives” talking about their lives.

Read this more recent blog post and discuss your reactions with your pod:Digital Natives: Fact or Fiction?

For Friday

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 Friday. Make sure your name is on it if you submit a hard copy.

For Monday:

Digital Generation Reflection: These four questions are considered your Digital Generation Reflection from our Project List. No need to print out your answers, I’ll show you how to embed it on a page in your website on Monday.

Based on this presentation, class discussion, readings, videos, and your personal opinion – respond to the following questions in a new Google Doc ( – use the same log in you use for Google Sites.

  • Do you see yourself as a digital native or a digital immigrant? Why? How does that impact your potential to meet the needs of your future students?
  • What are some key points about the digital generation with which you agree? With which you disagree?
  • Read “Digital Nativism” by Jamie McKenzie. Revisit what we talked about in class. Who is right? Who is wrong? What does this mean for teaching and learning in your classroom?
  • Write a summary for the Class of 2025 (current fourth graders) like the Beloit College Mindset List. What would their Mindset list look like? What historical events happened before 2004 (the year they were born) that will have a different meaning for you than it will for them? Just include 5 or 6 items.
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