This semester was an exciting one as I taught the new grad course that I designed: Research and Practice on Technology in Teacher Education. The course aimes to provide an overview of the concepts, theories, models, approaches, and research and practice on the integration of technologies in teacher education. The students explored the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in preservice, inservice, graduate teacher education, and faculty and staff development. The development of the knowledge on “technology in teacher education” were fostered by a) learning by design activities, b) opportunities to review and critique research, c) evaluation of technologies for teacher education, and d) attending to communities of practice.
Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Framework was not only the frame behind the course design, but also a theoretical construct that we investigated in class through several design activities. For example, one of projects in the course was to design, implement, and evaluate a “TPACK in Action” workshop. Students developed these workshops for several content areas (math, science, English language education, computer education) and applied them with the participant groups such as preservice science teachers, in-service math teachers, research assistants in the Educational Sciences program and undergraduate students in the computer education department. I had a chance to attend all of these workshops. I was proud with my students’ performance as well as their contribution to the society at different levels. This is the greatest award a teacher can get-seeing that students apply their knowledge gained from the course to the real life contexts.
Here I am first sharing their Ignite presentations, a format we tried for end-of semester presentations, and that turned out to be very fun and exciting.
Also, here are the playlist of our Ignite presentations.
Here are the pictures from the TPACK in Action workshops.
Soon, we will announce another exciting project coming out of this class-The TPACK Wikibook.