Cooking with TPACK

Learning, MAET Year 1, Something Fun, TPACK, Video

Our Task: Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Our Tools: Large Pink Bowl, Blue medium size plate, pumpkin carving knife

Our Supplies: Seeded Italian Bread, Smucker’s Goober Grape Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Stripes

What does this activity has to do with teaching, technology integration, and TPACK?!?!?!?!

We were given specific tools for this activity. We choose to use the plate as it was intended to be used, we repurposed the pumpkin carving knife and we did not even use the bowl. We also added a tool (our hands) to the mix pulling from what we already possessed.

As we were creating the sandwich, we both thought of different ways to create it. One of us liked the sandwich to be cut in half and with peanut butter on one side and jelly on the other. The other one liked the sandwich whole and to mix the peanut butter and jelly together on both sides of the bread.

We can directly relate this experience to our teaching and learning. We have all sorts of tools available to us as teachers. We are constantly sifting through them repurposing, tossing out and finding ways to make materials work for our own learning goals. Dr. Punya Mishra spoke about the movement from “technology integration into technology innovation” and we think we see this innovation in ourselves as teachers on a daily basis. We mold and adapt our teaching to reach all of our learners.

Written collaboratively with Thoughts & Wonderings by Yalonda

4 thoughts on “Cooking with TPACK

  1. Thanks for sharing your learning process for your Cooking with TPACK quickfire. The main purpose of the assignment was to think about what does this activity has to do with teaching, technology integration, and TPACK? Your reflection did a nice job of relating the task directly back to what this means for us as educators in relationship to teaching with technology. I would have liked to see a bit more about this activity may have changed your thinking about this idea or if it just confirmed things you already were thinking. Overall great job; I especially liked your discussion of the process of making the sandwich.

    1. Addressing your question, I’d have to say that this activity mostly confirmed things that I was already thinking. I made the connection when we read “Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century: Crayons are the Future” and Dr. Mishra discussed how good teachers understand TPACK instinctively. I feel like once we get past the chrono-centric myth, the next logical step as a good teacher is that you seek out new ways to make technology, pedagogy and content work for meaningful learning. Teachers are used to working with diverse learners and having to differentiate to meet the needs of all students. I think that this helps us realize that as teachers we are all also unique and that teaching in general is not a one size fits all affair. Just like we mold and adapt to meet the needs of our students so learning can occur, we do the same with the content, pedagogy and technology so that technology can be meaningfully innovating.

  2. I’m glad to see that you are feeling comfortable with the concepts of TPACK and you are right that good teachers tend to thin of these things instinctively. I’m interested to see how you will take these ideas back into your classroom. Thanks for following up on my comment!

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