Week 3 Mind Lab Reflections

Week 3


Looking at the TPACK model as an approach to technology inquiry.

C is content is the what e.g. music

P is the how (pedagogical approach)

T is the partner (what tech tool will we use to connect that supports the pedagogy) e.g. google drive

TPACK Image (rights free)
It is about meeting students needs at the center or the sweet spot.

EXAMPLE of this in the real world...

Content - I want my children to learn about the water cycle.

Pedagogy - Through an inquiry lense, I want children to experience it for themselves

Technology - Search engine/outside observation/talking to experts through Skype/time lapse

There are many possibilities and opportunities so we want to provide something just right for our children, think of the Goldilocks theory.

Here is a link to my own TPACK thinking... Click here

I really like using the TPACK model as it makes you really consider everything to ensure that your children will be getting the most and the best out of the learning. It makes you question each part of your context and how they can relate and be cohesive.


Looking at the Blended Learning which is a formal education program.
blended-learning taxonomy

Khan Academy is an example of how Blended Learning can be successful.
It is isn't an answer for teaching, it's an approach that of course with everything else needs balance and moderation.

The four main models of Blended Learning...

1. Rotation model (rotation of activities in a classroom/school)
Constraints - more teacher directed
Benefits - does offer differentiated learning

2. Flex model e.g. khan, math seeds, mathletics online gamification etc
Constraints - it does need to be teacher monitored, not self-sufficient, extra workload
Benefits - acts as another teacher to support knowledge

3. A La Carte - online or face to face e.g. university and similar to an IEP
Benefits - flexible online and working to your own timetable
Constraints - not quite collaborative and the talking side of things not easily supported

4. Enriched Virtual Model - similar to going to a lecture, and then students independently work to complete assessments
Benefits - keeps the teacher focused and able to deliver information without disruptions
Constraints - the university is in your computer like an avatar so it limits real world collaboration.

Much to think about in terms of my own practice and innovation!


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