"As educators our duty is to teach our students to understand both the power and the limitations of all the new technological tools that are, and will increasingly be, at our kids’ disposal. It is our job to show them how they can use all these new tools well, and wisely." (Prensky, 2005)

TPACK and Technology Education
What does TPACK in technology education really mean? It seems redundant. Isn’t TPACK, by its very nature, a framework for integrating technology? TPACK is a framework to integrate technology into the pedagogy to teach specific content areas. When we think of content areas though, we generally think about Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, or Language Arts. That is why many people might be confused when discussing TPACK and technology education together. If you just think of technology education as a content area, though, the concept of TPACK in technology education should become clearer. TPACK in Technology Education is using technology to teach technology.

Follow this example, we have a fourth grade class that has been assigned a school project to write a short computer program that will type “Hello” on the screen. To teach these students about programming, the teacher is using Tynker, which is a web-based application, to teach coding (programming). To put this example in context of TPACK, the teacher is using project-based learning (Pedagogy), using Tynker (Technology) to teach computer programming (Content). As you can see, we are using technology (Tynker) to teach technology (computer programming).

Lesson Plans

Digital Footprint
In this lesson, the student will learn about their digital footprint, how it can be seen by anyone online, and how it affects their online reputation. To better understand the effect of digital footprints, the students are placed in groups to find a "host" for a game show, based solely on the candidates' digital footprints. In this collaborative learning (P) lesson plan, the students conduct web searches (T) to find the digital footprints (C) of these candidates.

Creating, Maintaining and Understanding Blogs
In this lesson, the student will learn about different types of blogs, compare and contrast newspapers and blogs, and learn how to create and maintain their own blog and how to post comments on other people's blogs. This lesson lasts 6-8 weeks. The students will be blogging about the book, The Giver. Each week the students will read a chapter from the book and create blog posts on the class blog and comment on classmates' blog posts. This active learning (P) lesson uses blogs (T) to teach students how to create, maintain and understand blogs (C).

A Blog Adventure
In this lesson, students use a Google Site to complete four tasks to learn more about blogs. This lesson is for grades 5-7. Students are using BrainPOP to watch a video about blogs, create a mind map, write a mock blog post for a classroom blog wall and then create their own blog. This collaborative learning (P) lesson uses an interactive website (T) to teach students how to create and maintain a personal blog (C).

A Blog Adventure Google Site

Digital Learning in Action
Here are some actual videos from schools who successfully and effectively integrated technology into their content and instruction.

Dysart Unified School District
Quakertown Community School District
Baltimore County Public Schools
Saint Paul High School
Harrison High School

Web 2.0 Tools
Here are online resources to help teach technology.

Note Taking and Mind Mapping
Mind Meister
Drop Box

Digital Storytelling

Photo Fun
Big Huge Labs

Talking Pictures

Digital Films
Stop Frame Animator


Haiku Deck
Ed Puzzle

Learning Management Systems (LMS)
Haiku Learning

Project Management
Basecamp free to educators
(you will have to email them once you signup)

Paper Critters
Art Pad
Draw Island

Other Resources
Teaching Technology
Why We Need to Teach Technology in School emphasizes the significance of technology throughout history and today's importance in society and education.

A Brave New World-Wide-Web is a video describing how technology has reshaped the educational landscape and impacted the role of educators

BrainPOP Technology Videos Here you will find three technology videos that are offered for free on BrainPOP. The topics are Digital Etiquette, Cameras, and the International Space Station. All three can be integrated into lessons to teach about Technology.

CybraryMan Here you will find educational technology websites and resources for various subject areas.

Web 2.0 Cool Tools for School is a Wiki with various educational technology tools for students of all ages.

Technology in Education Standards
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is THE non-profit organization that works with educators and learners to ensure educational technology standards are current and update to date. The ISTE publishes standards for learning and teaching in the digital age.

ISTE Standards - S are the standards for students to help them prepare to work, live, and contribute in today's digital age.

ISTE Standards - T provides a framework for educators that they need to teach,learn and work in this digital age.

ISTE Standards - CSE are the standards that computer science educators need to successfully teach students in computing.

Michigan's Education Technology Standards are the standards specific to Michigan and align with the ISTE standards and the Framework for 21st Century Learning.

Koehler, M., & Mishra, P. (2008). Handbook of technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK) for educators. New York and London: Routledge.

Prensky, M. (2005). Search vs. research. Retrieved December 8, 2009, from http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky-Search_vs_Research-01.pdf