This training, designed for media specialists and instructional technology specialists, focuses on how to use TPACK and the Information and Technology Essential Standards to evaluate online tools to support K12 classroom teachers.


Caldwell County Schools - August 7, 2012: 8:30 - 3:00

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Heather Mullins, Professional Development Consultant Region 7, NCDPI

Ouida Myers, Instructional Technology Consultant Region 5, NCDPI

Training Agenda


1) Gain an understanding of the TPACK model and its implications for teaching and learning.
2) Explore, utilize, and evaluate free online tools to determine how they can support 21st century teaching and learning.
3) Use the Caldwell County Curriculum Map Template to align technology tools with Information and Technology Essential Standards and support TPACK.

Part I: Setting the Stage (45 minutes)

Engage in the Back Channel Conversation (5 minutes)

Access our Today's Meet backchannel here. As the day progresses, share interesting insights, information, resources, and a-ha moments with your colleagues. You may want to ask questions using this platform as well.

Activating Activity (15 minutes)

In groups of 10, draw the 21st Century Learner using chart paper and markers. On the back of the poster, capture your role in supporting this learner.

Personalization Activity (10 minutes)

Think about what makes a learning experience engaging and worthwhile to both students and to you.
Click here to visit our Lino to share your thoughts.

Penzu Reflection Activity (10 minutes)

Go to Penzu and reflect on what you learned from our activating activity and personalization activity.
iPad Alternative: My Tymz journal app.

Part II: What is TPACK? (90 minutes)

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Web 2.0 Tools Poll (5 minutes)

Respond to the Poll Everywhere question below as you consider your own knowledge and capacity for using Web 2.0 tools and recommending tools for teachers and students.

Understanding TPACK (15 minutes)

TPACK; TPACK is the knowledge of the dynamic, transactional negotiation among technology, pedagogy, and content and how that negotiation impacts student learning in a classroom context.

The essential features are (a) the use of appropriate technology (b) in a particular content area (c) as part of a pedagogical strategy (d) within a given educational context (e) to develop students' knowledge of a particular topic or meet an educational objective or student need.

Cox, S. & Graham, C. (2009). An Elaborated Model of the TPACK Framework. In I. Gibson et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (pp. 4042-4049). Chesapeake, VA:

Pieces of the TPACK Pie (5 minutes)

Content [CK]: Our personal knowledge of the subject matter to be learned

Technology [TK]: Our understanding of how new technologies work

Pedagogy [PK]: Our ability to choose the appropriate methods to teach content

PCK: Knowing which strategies best align with the content to provide the most optimal learning experience

TCK: Understanding how to choose technology tools that best represent, align with, or transform the content

TPK: Gauging which technology tools align most closely with a specific learning activity


BREAK: 15 Minutes

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Understanding the Basics of TPACK Activity (30 minutes)

Use the chart information from the video and from the section above to complete each task below.

1. In your table groups, take three minutes to brainstorm examples of CONTENT KNOWLEDGE (CK). Have one member of your group serve as the recorder of information. Another member will function as the reporter and share your thoughts. Hint: Content Knowledge is the "what" of learning.

2. Click here and type in the number 122282 and add your responses to the question below regarding PEDAGOGICAL KNOWLEDGE (PK). Hint: Pedagogical Knowledge is the "how" of learning.

3. Respond to the Tricider question about TECHNOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE (TK) by clicking here. Hint: Technological Knowledge is the understanding of how technologies work.

Arriving at TPACK/Defining How Tools Can be Used (25 minutes)

Let's consider the tools we have already explored today and how we could suggest teachers may want to use them together.

Caldwell County Curriculum Mapping Template in Google Doc Format

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Part III: Exploring Tools and Establishing Potential Uses (90 minutes)

Exploring Resources (75 minutes)

The following sites have a variety of resources listed for you to explore at your leisure. With a partner, choose three tools that you thoroughly explore and get a feel for how teachers may use them with students.

Just a Click Away Smore
Top 100 Web 2.0 Tools by Edudemic
C4LPT Top 100 Tools
100 Free Internet Resources for Real Teachers in Real Classrooms

After you explore each tool, go to the shared curriculum mapping doc by clicking here. Add your name(s), the tool you explored, and some classroom activities or learning experiences that align with the tool.

Learning Target Criteria Information

Sharing New Resources (15 minutes)

Partner up with someone with whom you did not work and share the tools you explored with each other.

Part IV: Aligning the Information and Technology Standards (30 minutes)

With your partner, return to the tools that you added onto the shared Caldwell County Curriculum Map that we are building. Review the Information and Technology Essential Standards below that align with your work and add the standards that fit the tool into the appropriate section of the table.

NCDPI Curriculum Wikis
IT Division Website

Caldwell County Elementary Instructional Resources
Caldwell County Middle School Instructional Resources

K-5 Instructional Technology Essential Standards
6-8 Instructional Technology Essential Standards
9-12 Instructional Technology Essential Standards

Part V: Reflection (10 Minutes)

Revisit the Poll Everywhere Survey in Part II (5 minutes)

Let's take a moment to review the results from the poll at the beginning of the day. We will clear results and then retake the poll.

Friday Institute Survey

Please take a few moments to complete this survey:

For Further Reading

Too Cool for School? Using the TPACK Framework: You can have your Hot Tools and Teach with them, too!

More TPACK Resources from the ITES Division at NCDPI

Web 2.0 Tools Used in this Training

Google Docs: Google Docs allow you to share and edit documents with others virtually and simultaneously.
Google Forms: Google Forms allow you to create a survey and then use the data.
Linoit: Lino is a free sticky and canvas service that requires nothing but a web browser.
Penzu: Penzu is your own personal journal and online diary.
Poll Everywhere: Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It's an easy way to gather live responses in any venue.
Today's Meet: Today's Meet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime.
Tricider: Collect ideas and then vote on your favorite. Tricider makes it easy to share ideas as well as pros and cons that accompany each.
Wordle: Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.

“The resources provided during the course of this NCDPI training have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing resources available, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these resources are the exclusive resources for the purposes outlined during this training.”