A most unusual assignment, Cooking with TPACK involves the connecting the concepts of the TPACK framework, as explained by Kristen Kereluik, Punya Mishra, and Matthew J. Koehler, with completing a task in the kitchen in which repurposing a tool would necessary. The authors posit that teaching effectively with technology “requires teachers’ knowledge not of a specific technology, but rather of the affordances and constraints of technology and how to use technology to facilitate deep, comprehensive learning” (Kereluik, Mishra, & Koehler, 2011). A major theme here is that teachers’ time and energy is better spent exploring the connected nature of technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge by repurposing technological tools to support and inspire student learning, rather than simply becoming technologically literate regarding the ways devices were originally designed to be used.
In the context of this assignment, it is clear the degree to which we undergo a synthesis of thinking as we engage in learning tasks using tools in new ways to support our process. My predetermined bowl and plate were adequate for the task, but the utensil proved a bit more challenging. I began the assignment wishing for more efficient technology, but ended it relatively pleased with the adaptations I made to complete the task. In the same way, “Repurposing technology is possible through melioration, the process of taking ideas from one field and applying to another” (Kereluik, Mishra, & Koehler, 2011). Teaching involves effective technology integration for the purpose of actually supporting student achievement through creation, collaboration, and curation. Clearly expressed, “Technology changes how we teach,” (Mishra, 2012). Knowing which tools to select for which tasks, and how to repurpose them for education are crucial responsibilities for teachers, but also substantial privileges afforded to all those within a learning community.
Kereluik, K., Mishra, P. & Koehler, M.J. (2011). On learning to subvert signs: Literacy, technology and the TPACK framework. The California Reader, 44(2), p13.
Mishra, P. (2012, March 26). 21st Century Learning Conference. Video retrieved fromhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bwXYa91fvQ&feature=youtu.be