I have noticed that in the Silicon Valley, where I have spent all of my teaching career (up until this point) is very focused on the the "T" in TPACK. We are all so focused on iPads, BYOD, 1:1, Prezi vs. Powerpoint, Khan Academy vs. Brick & Mortar schools, etc, etc, etc. The technology has been the emphasis. My perspective is that the training, pedagogy, and content have fallen to the wayside due to the onslaught of information during this technological revolution.
My project is focused on the pedagogy. My question has been "What is differentiated instruction and what does it look like in the classroom?" Once I researched that, I wanted to know how could we be doing it better. The question, which the TPACK video addressed is, "What do teachers need to know?" has arisen for me again and again throughout this course.
What this cohort has made me think about:
In the world of endless information at our fingertips, what is my job as a teacher? For me, Technology is just a tool to deliver Content via a successful Pedagogy. The technology is not the key, the pedagogy and content is. Teachers need to know how to successfully deliver relevant Content, which has to be more than just dates, names, places, and raw facts. Teachers need to evolve to deliver that content in ways that inspire students to grow and move beyond the traditional classroom setting. We are training students for a world that is evolving faster than ever before. Focusing on the Technology is a mistake, as that Technology will be quickly replaced by something else. We must focus on create a dynamic classroom experience which will enable our students to think critically and adapt to the rapidly changing environments they find themselves in every day.