It is day 2 of year 2 and already we’ve been challenged with several quickfires. Today’s theme centered around visual/conceptual understands regarding misconceptions in education, TPACK and tech integration in schools.
First, we discussed the introduction to Daniel T. Willingham’s book When Can You Trust the Experts? and more specifically, what misconceptions exist in education today. We brainstormed in small groups, and contributed to a collaborative whiteboard, AwwApp.
Using this app, we were able to brainstorm in a variety of ways, as shown below. We could draw, write text, utilize color and size to differentiate, etc. This afforded us the ability to create a whiteboard on our projection screen that we contributed to from our computers in our small groups scattered around the room.
Ultimately, this brainstorming showcased how small group discussion can seamlessly lead to whole group discussion without wasting time on a long share-out portion, and groups could contribute ideas in real time, while seeing what other groups thought as well.
Then, we started a discussion on integrating technology in our classrooms, starting at the state level, coming down to a district level, and ultimately bringing that tech into our buildings.
We used a GAFE (Google Apps for Education) app, called LucidChart Diagrams, to create a whole-class mind map. This app was difficult to use at first, with 16 different people creating boxes and moving arrows. As shown in the figure on the right, we started breaking it into different chunks to make it readable and workable.
Some people were working on the upper topics: District and Schoolwide Decisions, and others were working on the bottom topics: Teacher Implementation and Why do teachers use what we use?
Ultimately, we were able to get into a meaningful discussion on these topics, and were able to build off of this further, as these beginning ideas sparked other ideas.
Our final visual representation of knowledge today asked us to rewind to last year, and our knowledge of TPACK, the meaningful integration of technology, pedagogy and content knowledge within a particular context.
In small groups, we were asked to create a visual representation which would explain what we’d learned about TPACK last year. My group built out a Venn Diagram on Piktochart to better show our understanding.
In standard quickfire fashion, we had limited time and were able to use any resource, and found that this would be the most visually appealing, while getting out information quickly.
All of the visuals today truly helped to make sense of the different concepts we are being asked to recall. Seeing all of our raw ideas on screen helped reconnect the wires that had come unplugged since last summer.