So, what’s the deal with TPACK?


In the world of education, TPACK (or Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge), is a model which examines the intersections of teachers’ knowledge domains. In this model, the Content refers to the “what” which is being taught; e.g. English Language Arts, Math, Science, or Foreign Language. Secondly, the Pedagogy refers to the “how”; essentially, the tools teachers use to present the material to students. Lastly is the Technology, which can be partnered with pedagogical approaches to make the content more accessible for students.

Now, in considering the TPACK model, you might realize that your content and pedagogical knowledge is pretty solid, but technology may be lacking.

That’s where SAMR comes in.

The SAMR model explains how to integrate technology into the classroom; the acronym standing for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.  The levels of SAMR can be likened to the ladder-like structure of Bloom’s Taxonomy in that you want to move from the lower levels to the higher levels.

Through browsing teacher accounts on YouTube, I stumbled across a video by user @mchsmrsmckay video in which she uses a coffee analogy to explain the SAMR model:

The coffee analogy explained in the video is a very useful tool in understanding the SAMR model. What begins as a plain cup of coffee evolves into a pumpkin spice latte which–figurative speaking–is the goal of incorporating the SAMR model.


Author: keelsmack

Keeley is a yoga-practicing goofball hailing from Huntington Beach, California. She spends her time painting portraits of brightly colored animals, eating overpriced granola, and trying to capture the oddities of existence via writing.

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