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1) Using Technology in the Classroom: TPACK Approaches, Tuesday, March 25, 3:30 to 4:30, TMR133.

The basis for this discussion will be the article TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge): An Emerging Research And Development Tool For Teacher Educators.  TPACK has emerged as a clear and useful construct for researchers working to understand technology integration in learning and teaching. It can be used in both research and development projects. The article notes the strength of the TPACK framework in research and evaluation work. In addition to the article’s theoretical perspectives on these issues, we will discuss how the TPACK framework can be utilized within the coursework or research of session participants.  

2) Perspectives on flipping the classroom, Wednesday, March 5, 3:30 to 4:30, TMR133. 

This session will begin with a look at two articles. The first is a one-page article from Phi Delta Kappan magazine which outlines several items any instructor needs to address prior to flipping the classroom.  The second article, from the Journal of College Science Teaching, Case Studies and the Flipped Classroom, discusses both the pitfalls and allure of using flipped classrooms.  The discussion will move beyond the theoretical to a look at the practical pedagogical implications of implementing a flipped classroom in courses taught by session participants.

3) Going beyond digital natives and digital immigrants, Monday, April 7, 3:30 to 4:30, TMR133.

The session will open with a look at the article Beyond the ‘digital natives’ debate: Towards a more nuanced understanding of students’ technology experiences.  The article focuses on understanding our students’ relationship with technology. The article looks at research that shows there is no identifiable generation or even a single type of highly adept technology user. The diversity revealed by these studies provides valuable insights into students’ experiences of technology inside and outside formal education.  It also suggests key issues that emerge from this nuanced approach to students and technology, and will allow us to examine the implications this may have for how we use technology in our classrooms and our other interactions with students.

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