EDUC7714 Project: Cooking with TPACK

Reproduced by permission of the publisher, © 2012 by

Reproduced by permission of the publisher, © 2012 by


Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge are the three primary forms of knowledge in TPACK. According to one of the TPACK authors, Matthew J. Koehler on

 “The TPACK goes further by emphasizing the new kinds of knowledge that link TPACK at the intersections between them, representing four more knowledge bases applicable to teaching with technology: Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK), Technological Content Knowledge (TCK), Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK), and the intersection of all three circles, Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK).”

This 2 minute video summarizes TPACK quite nicely.

But watching the YouTube video by Punya Mishra – another one of the authors of TPACK – really helped me to understand the relationship between technology, content, and pedagogy and how it all works together.  Punya Mishra – Keynote Speaker @ 21st Century Learning Conference – Hong Kong 2012

There are plenty more resources on the site.

Teachers would have to utilize everything in TPACK in order to include students in this project.

My project focuses on adapting 3 kitchen tools (aka technologies) that are not exactly fitting for the job at hand. For our purposes, I need to use my Technological Content Knowledge (TCK) in order to make it work.

First, I’ll tell you why this meal for this project.

While thinking about what to prepare, I thought about my favorite meals and frankly, to make this video happen by the assignment due date, I defaulted to an oldie but a goodie: Peanut Butter and Jelly. Just 3 fairly cheap and abundant ingredients and we usually have them in the house. My husband and I are descendants of peanut butter addicted families — no peanut butter in the house evokes a crisis state akin to no toilet paper. Really, my PB sandwich of choice is not a PBJ. Like Elvis, my fav is a PBB – peanut butter and banana. But I ate the last banana yesterday, (sad monkey face) so that’s off the menu.

It is necessary to have some content knowledge not only about the tools we use but also about the ingredients (I’ll assume you already know that bread is made of flour, etc…):

  • Bread – depending on type: can be soft, rips easily but stronger when toasted
  • Peanut Butter – best when well-mixed, hard to spread when cold
  • Jelly – spreads better when at room temperature, some varieties are lumpier than others

I know how the 3 tools chosen for me by my 23 year-old son work for their intended purpose. That’s the easy part.

  • Can Opener
  • Orange Peeler
  • Teaspoon

How did I use these tools to make a PBJ that someone would want to eat? Watch this video and find out!



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