New article on TPACK


Here is the second article from my dissertation on TPACK:

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Abstract: The issue of what teachers need to know about technology for effective teaching has been the centre of intense debate in the recent past. Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) has been proposed as a conceptual framework to describe the knowledge base teachers need for effective technology integration. The present study aimed to investigate whether and/or how Turkish pre-service teachers of English reflected their TPACK, as developed in a design study integrating coursework and field experiences, on their lesson plans and implementation. Analysis of the data coming from the lesson plans and classroom observations of three cases revealed that pre-service teachers considered the relationship among content, pedagogy and technology while planning and implementing their lessons.

For the full paper, please click here.

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My Students’ Blogs


I have been offering the Technology and Materials Design Course in the department for the last few years. As the requirement of the course, students (pre-service teachers of English) are supposed to open up their personal blogs and share course related materials there. Weekly, students have assignments such as creating a podcast, preparing an online poster, creating a digital story, etc. (I will write another post later explaining these tasks in detail.) Students upload their products on their blogs and me, as the instructor, and their peers view their posts regularly. Students are also supposed to write an entry for each post to explain the task and reflect on the task completion process. Keeping a blog has many benefits for students. For example:

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IATED


IATED stands for International Academy of Technology, Education and Development, an organism organising different international events to improve education in the field of Technology and Science. I have got two publications from the conferences they organised: One on the self-efficacy beliefs of pre-service teachers in relation to technology integration and one on the effects of  technology training on the attitudes of Turkish EFL teachers

On their website, there is a section called IATED Talks. You can watch some of the plenary sessions from different conferences for free.

 

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Teacher Training Videos


The website “Teacher Training Videos” by Russell Stannard provides teachers with training videos instructing them how to use ICT tools such as blogs, wikis, IWBs, podcasts, etc. in education. Russell Stannard is a trainer in ICT and Education and has a number of publications on ICT in education.

 

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TED Talks


As teachers, we need to be inspired so that we can actually inspire our students. TED Talks aim to “spark creativity” in teachers and challenge them to think differently. Here are some talks that might be inspiring for teachers. Please feel free to add other inspirational talks as a comment. Thank you.

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Free downloadable books- British Council


British Council shares a number of downloadable books on its website. Books on professional development, ELT research and resource packs for teachers are available in pdf format to download. Here is the list of the books I suggest for reading. I will give brief information about each book. For more downloadable books please visit the British Council webpage.

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TPACK and Professor Punya Mishra


What’s TPACK?

The framework of TPACK refers to the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge.  The framework was introduced by Mishra and Koehler and has been developed/discussed over time through a series of publications (e.g., Koehler, Mishra, Hershey, & Peruski, 2004; Koehler & Mishra, 2005; Mishra & Koehler, 2006; Koehler, Mishra, & Yahya, 2007). TPACK describes “how teachers’ understanding of technologies and pedagogical content interact with one another to produce effective teaching with technology” (Koehler & Mishra, 2008, p. 12). Here is its diagram (from tpack.org):

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