In 1967 Walter Cronkite previewed the home office of the 21st Century. His short piece ends, "With equipment like this in the home of the future, we may not have to go to work. The work would come to us. In the 21st century it may be that no home will be complete without a computerized communication console."
Now all of the tools he previewed (news, weather, stock updates video phone, video monitoring) are embedded in the average smartphone. It made me think he should have said, "In the 21st century it may be that no POCKET will be complete without a computerized communication console."
Cronkite's prediction is cool, but it does not even begin to comprehend the power of today's devices. This brings me to my main point.
20 years ago a teacher could master the overhead projector and be pretty set in terms of classroom technology. Now we can't begin to master all the possible tech tools.
We need to be lifelong learners.
We need a working a knowledge of technology integration possibilities, resources to help us discover and implement new ideas, tools to implement the plan, and the solid background in content and pedagogical knowledge that have always been required for great teaching.
What we need is TPCK.
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