February 4, 2009

As We May Teach: Educational Technology, From Theory Into Practice

I am happy to announce that, as part of a joint project with the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), I have started a new weekly podcast series. These podcasts will look at several models for the use of educational technologies, and how to apply them in teaching via hands-on examples. The iTunes U podcasts can be found at:

As We May Teach: Educational Technology, From Theory Into Practice

The first two podcasts in the series are now online. The first, TPCK and SAMR — Models for Enhancing Technology Integration, presents the two theoretical frameworks that will guide much of the rest of the series. The second, Power in Simplicity: Virtual Thumbtacks on Virtual Maps, shows how ideas from these models can be applied to educational uses of Google Earth-generated cartography. All of the podcasts have associated online and offline resources — the ones that accompany the first two podcasts are listed below. Each weekly podcast will be accompanied by a blog post here, containing resources, as well as an opportunity for people to ask questions and provide feedback via the comments.

While the specific software and examples have been selected to be particularly useful to Maine educators, I hope these podcasts prove useful to educators in other places. If you have any thoughts about the podcasts, post them in the comments — I really would like to hear from you.

TPCK and SAMR - Models for Enhancing Technology Integration
The TPCK Model:
TPCK - Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge
AACTE (Eds.) The Handbook of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Educators. New York:Routledge, 2008.
The SAMR Model:
Ruben R. Puentedura. Transformation, Technology, and Education. (2006)
PK Examples:
John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking (Eds.) How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. (1999)
Education Resources Information Center
CK Examples:
Science Daily
Institute of Historical Research - Reviews in History
PCK Examples:
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Lessons and Resources
Center for Applied Linguistics - CALdigests
TK Examples:
Apple iLife Support
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative - 7 Things You Should Know About...
TPK Examples:
The Sloan Consortium - Effective Practices
Education & Information Technology Library
TCK Examples:
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics - MicroObservatory
SAMR Examples:
William Shakespeare. The Tragedy of Macbeth.
Flickr Shakespeare Group
Many Eyes
Macbeth in Second Life
TK+SAMR Examples:
TPCK+SAMR Examples:
Prof. Wyn Kelley: MIT OpenCourseWare - 21L.003 Introduction to Fiction
Prof. Oded Meyer: Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative - Introduction to Statistics
Prof. Edward L. Ayers: Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia - The Rise and Fall of the Slave South
Prof. Jon Beasley-Murray: University of British Columbia - Murder, Madness, and Mayhem: Latin American Literature in Translation

Power in Simplicity: Virtual Thumbtacks on Virtual Maps
MacEachren, Alan. How Maps Work. New York: Guilford Press, 1995.
Monmonier, Mark. Mapping It Out. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.
Making Maps: DIY Cartography
ESRI GIS Education Community
Moretti, Franco. Graphs, Maps, Trees. London: Verso, 2007.
Stuart Sinton, Diana and Jennifer Lund. Understanding Place. Redlands: ESRI Press, 2006.
Google Earth
Google Earth Community

Posted by Ruben at February 4, 2009 9:22 AM

I haven't had a chance to listen to the second part of the podcast, but this is a really interesting segment. This is such a great overview of the intersection of technology, content, and pedagogy, something we have been laboring over here at Lake Washington Technical College. We try to get faculty (and myself as a Librarian) to increase 21st century skills in learning and make the process more student-centered. This is a theoretical framework to skills we have been trying to promote among students and faculty, with the emphasis on making the learning and teaching process much more dynamic and creative.
I really enjoyed this!

Posted by: Heather Davis at February 6, 2009 8:06 PM

I am a grade 3 teacher who is just at the beginning of my tech integration journey. Last year, I applied and was granted a SMART Board, data projector and laptop computer for my classroom. As part of this grant, I need to submit a report about my journey throughout the year. I came across your SAMR model and it seemed to really help me understand where I am on my journey and where I still need to go. I was wondering if I could refer to your model and include the chart from your .pdf file as part of my report? Thanks so much.
Jamie Forrest

Posted by: Jamie Forrest at May 24, 2010 10:00 PM

I leave reading your blog. Hope we can share ideas.

Posted by: Thoughts on Education at August 17, 2010 12:05 AM

This blog is very educational. Visit mine too at Thoughts on Education

Posted by: Thoughts on Education at August 19, 2010 10:46 AM

Hippasus Community,

I had the opportunity to hear Dr Ruben speak at the Bastow Institute in Melbourne and I recall him referencing a study that indicated the increase in student outcomes as learning designs were moved up the SAMR ladder.

I would very much appreciate links to any published resources that evidence this increase as I am currently in the process of leading my faculty through SAMR and TPaCK on a journey to meaningful integration.



Posted by: Andrew at January 18, 2013 8:03 AM