Wednesday, July 2, 2014

PCK: Where the Magic Happens (#ISTE2014)

SAMR and TPACK are two excellent models to help educators integrate technology into their classrooms.

I was fortunate enough to get into Dr. Ruben R. Puentedra's #ISTE session.  It's exciting to be able to hear a session on a topic from the expert.  My "aha" moment from the session was when he said something along these lines

If you focus first on content you will limit yourself and not really see real transformation.  If you want to see real transformation, where the most transformation occurs in the classrooms, you need to focus on PCK.  Pedagogy, Content Knowledge. 

When he first said this I was kind of caught off guard.  I've always heard that you start with the content, think about what you're teaching, then how you're going to teach the content.   After those two things are accomplished than you look at the technology tools that will work best to meet those two needs.  What he is saying that pedagogy is more important for transformation.  After taking some time to process this information, it began to  make sense to me. And it all clicked when I started thinking about the blended learning we've been doing in our district.  

For the past year and a half I've been doing working with teachers helping them move to a more blended learning environment.  We have see some great strides in student engagement and achievement from their work in blending their classrooms.  What I realized was blended learning is a major pedagogical shift in teaching.  The content taught in the classrooms is the same as it has always been.  It's the "how it's taught" that has changed.  And that is what is bringing real change to the learning.

Don't you just love it when things click!

Images the creation of Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D.

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