Day 4: Are You Ready to Be a 21st Century Teacher?

24 Jan


It is a pleasure to read your e-portfolio during this wet weekend.  I enjoy all of them a lot!  Now, please take about five minutes to quickly “browse” your peers’ e-portfolio and give them some feedback.


What is your opinion about “digital native” and “digital immigrant”?   Think about these five questions and let’s talk about it.

  1. How does the idea of a digital generation impact your potential to meet the needs of your future students? Use data from Kaiser Family Foundation report on media use by children to explain your answer.
  2. Read “The Myth of the Digital Native” and think about the argument and your experiences.  Do you see yourself a digital native or a digital immigrant?  If you could have a chance to talk to Marc Prensky, what would you say?  Do you agree or disagree with him?  If you agree with him, why?  If you disagree with him, how would you argue with him?
  3. Read this short article about digital media use among P-12 teachers. How has this changed since you were in P-12? You can view the entire “Digitally Inclined” report here.
  4. Come up with 3 “Beloit List” examples for the class of 2024. Be prepared to share these in class tomorrow.
  5. Read “Digital Nativism” by Jamie McKenzie. Revisit what we talked about in class. Who is right? Who is wrong? What does this mean for teaching and learning in your classroom?


Before we talk about what TPACK means, let’s talk about chapter 1 in our textbook.  What did you learn after reading chapter 1?

  • Definition of technology?
  • What is learning?
  • What is teaching?
  • What is technology integration?
  • Standards?
  • Content area?

So…chapter 1 leads us back to one of the guiding questions we had for the two video clips we watched last Thursday…

What is the role of teacher in the 21st century?  What should a teacher in the 21st century know?  Let’s watch this short clip to get the basic idea about TPACK.

Now, do you understand what TPACK means?  Let’s take a look at this Presentation.

Here are some supplementary resources related to TAPCK.

Dr. Matthew Koehler’s TPACK website

Dr. Koehler and Dr. Mishra’s Article: What Is Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)?
(Click Full-Text)

Application of TPACK

Learning something abstract is always difficult.  In Chinese, we have a saying that it is like you are talking about martial arts on the paper.  A coach can’t always use simulation or imagination to teach his players to play a good game.  Therefore, let’s take a look at how teachers in a school in South Carolina put TPACK into practice. (Here is the report of this school.)


  • CONTENT STANDARD– Georgia State Standards
    As teachers, we don’t really choose what we are going to teach. This is mandated at the local, state, and national levels. In the state of Georgia, curriculum standards are called “Georgia Performance Standards” and they are written for every grade level K-12 and most subject areas.If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, and a few others) you can click on the link right below the Georgia Performance Standards tab to view the QCC standards – the predecessor to the GPS (not all subjects have made the conversion yet). Possible standards to use if you are interested in speech therapy and special education.  Send me an email if you’re having trouble choosing something or can’t find what you are looking for.
  • CONTENT STANDARD–National Standard
    It’s not just content standards that need to be addressed while teaching. There are national educational technology standards(NETS) for K-12. In my opinion, these standards focus on good teaching and learning – not simply on technology use. Your text is based on these national standards and contains a chapter that addresses the first four standards (we’ll talk about 5 and 6 all semester):

    1. Creativity and Innovation
    2. Communication and Collaboration
    3. Research and Information Fluency
    4. Critical thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
    5. Digital Citizenship
    6. Technology Operations and Concepts

    Another framework I like for my own research interest is the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  This framework covers the literacies listed in chapter 1 in our textbook.

For Thursday:

  1. After talking about learners and teachers, another important component in your teaching is the environment.  Think about the classrooms you have been to…do you like them?  If you don’t like them, why?  If you are invited to create a learning environment, what kind of learning environment will you create?  We will work on designing a 21st century classroom this Thursday.  However, I feel sorry that I won’t be able to come this Thursday.  I am going to have a workshop presentation in a conference in Tucson, AZ.   Gretchen will be here and teach you all how to create your ideal learning environment.  If you bring your sketches to share with the class, she might give you a late pass!  You might want to envision your classroom right now…think about hardware, software, layout…etc.  You are the teacher, so you are the BOSS!
  2. Keep thinking about your future students.  The Georgia Performance Standards might give you some more specific ideas.
  3. Read chapter 2 in the textbook and complete the reading guide.  You need to complete four reading guides this semester; therefore, it is OK if you want to skip this one.  If you want to finish reading guide 2 in case there will be too many papers for you to complete later this semester, please upload your reading guide 2 to your assignment page.  RG2 is due at noon (12PM) on Jan. 30 (Mon).

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