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Some Comments About Literacy and Educational Apps

I’ve been in the field of English language arts – as an undergraduate, a high school English teacher, graduate student, and now as an assistant professor – for well over a decade. During that time, one thing that has puzzled me is the comparison of reading and math test scores. When comparing test scores, I typically draw from the National ...

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Four Pillars for Using Ed Apps (Spoiler Alert, the Difference is the Teacher)

In a joint publication titled “Putting Education in ‘Educational’ Apps: Lessons From the Science of Learning,” the authors put forward four major pillars in place for selecting educational apps. Their pillars include: Active Learning Engagement in the Learning Process Meaningful Learning Social Interaction In their publication, the authors pull from existing research to explain each of their pillars, relate the ...

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What’s TPACK Got To Do With It?

This is the fifth blog in s series dedicated to TPACK. In my previous posts, I’ve discussed why I use TPACK and its three essential knowledge bases: Technological, Pedagogical, and Content. In this post, I’m going to define how I understand TPACK’s application to classroom teaching. When Koehler & Mishra (2009) defined TPACK, they wrote: TPACK is the basis of ...

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TPACK and Technology: What Does It Mean to Use Ed Tech?

This is the fourth post in a series related to TPACK. The power of TPACK (Koehler & Mishra, 2009) is that it advances Shulman’s (1986, 1987) work into the 21st century because of its technology component. We know that “good” teaching requires the blending of content knowledge with effective pedagogical skills. However, in our “Age of Technology,” we must consider ...

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