Dr. Punya Mishra is Associate Dean of Scholarship & Innovation and Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership & Innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. He is best known for his research on the integration of technology into the PK-20 space. The Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Framework (“TPACK”) that Dr. Mishra developed with his Dr. Matthew Koehler is an attempt to identify the knowledge teachers need to thoughtfully integrate technology into their classroom practice. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has edited three books, including his most recent book on the intersection of creativity, technology, and education.
TPACK served as the foundation for this conversation. We discussed the framework, its implications, its weaknesses, and how it might be used by educators. We also discussed Neil Postman, the concept of “education technology,” and Punya’s 23rd Law of Parenting: “for facts go to Google, for wisdom come to me.”