Technology Integration in Teaching: Teacher Creativity and the TPACK Framework

Updated: 11:36am, 14 Nov, 2022
19 May 2008 (Mon)
RM 101, Runme Shaw Bldg. HKU
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The seminar is jointly organized by CITE and the Office of Research, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

About the Seminar
The Teachers operate in a complex and chaotic ecology where success depends on improvising effective solutions to largely unanticipated problems. The inclusion of technology further complicates the pedagogy of teaching subject matter. We begin with a brief introduction to the complex, ill-structured nature of teaching. We view teaching with technology as a "wicked problem," in which teaching is viewed as a highly sophisticated form of problem-seeking and problem-solving that derives from flexible and integrated bases of knowledge. We consider the nature of technologies (both analog and digital), and how the inclusion of technology in pedagogy complicates teaching.

The TPACK framework has been receiving some attention as an approach for thinking of teacher knowledge for technology integration. This framework builds on Shulman's construct of Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) to include technology knowledge. We argue that the development of TPACK by teachers is critical to effective teaching with technology, pushing teachers from going beyond merely using technology towards true integration. TPACK, with its emphasis on the interaction between teachers' knowledge of Content, Pedagogy, and Technology, places teachers front and center as designers of curriculum, who flexibly and creatively integrate technology and pedagogical approaches to help their students understand subject matter. This presentation will also explore the meaning of creativity, particularly in contexts relevant to teaching and learning. We shall also explore strategies for improving technology integration through nurturing and supporting teacher creativity.

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About the speaker(s):Dr. Punya Mishra is associate professor of Educational Technology at Michigan State University. His research has focused on the theoretical, cognitive and social aspects related to the design and use of computer based learning environments. He has worked extensively in the area of technology integration in teacher education which led to the development (in collaboration with Dr. M. J. Koehler) of the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework. He has received over $4 million in grants, has published over 30 articles and has edited two books. Dr. Mishra is an award winning instructor who teaches courses at both the masters and doctoral levels in the areas of educational technology, design, and creativity. He is also an accomplished visual artist and poet. You can find out more about him by going to

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