The technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) framework, an emerging professional knowledge lens, can help administrators, teachers, and staff in:
  • Effectively evaluating and appropriately selecting technology to explicitly support and enhance student learning;
  • Thoughtfully considering their current teaching methods and determining what new technology-infused transformative practices will work best for their context is what will ensure that teachers help students meet ITES and the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (Common Core and NC Essential Standards).

Mishra & Koehler (2006) assert that that the successful teacher is one who can draw from content, pedagogy and technology, forming a technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) framework. In essence, effective teaching with technology requires TPACK, or an ability to integrate content, pedagogy and technology flexibly during the act of teaching.

Things to consider when creating Professional Development for Staff
  • Many teachers earned degrees at a time when educational technology was at a very different stage of development
  • They do not consider themselves sufficiently prepared to use technology in the classroom
  • They do not know how to combine technology with a more student centered approach
  • Teachers often have inadequate experience with using technology for teaching and learning
  • Acquiring a new knowledge base and skill set can be challenging
  • Many approaches to teachers' professional development offer a one size fits all approach to technology integration when in fact teachers operate in diverse contexts of teaching and learning

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