Cooking with TPACK- Slicing Cheese

This week in CEP 810 (Teaching for Understanding with Technology) I learned about the TPACK framework, which stands for Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge. This is a theory of technology integration in education developed by Dr. Matthew Koehler and Dr. Punya Mishra at MSU. TPACK puts forth the idea that technology integration is a process of “repurposing existing technical tools for pedagogical purposes” (Kereluik, Mishra, & Koehler, 2011, p. 12). In other words, effective use of technology in education has less to do with the technology tool itself and more to do with how the teacher uses it and for what purposes.

Our assignment this week involved exploring this idea of “repurposing” in a hands-on way. (Literally!) We were asked to do a random chosen food preparation task using only three kitchen tools (a plate, bowl, and one randomly chosen utensil) randomly selected for us by a friend or family member. The task chosen for me was slicing cheese (as if for a cheese plate), and the utensil I got was a spatula, along with my plate and bowl. Watch the video to see how I make this work. I discovered that some tools are really no use at all for certain tasks and others have characteristics that make for surprising alternate uses!

Here’s a photo that shows a closer view of my finished sliced cheese. The cheese on the right was sliced with the spatula (not so well) and the cheese on the left was sliced with the edge of the bowl (much better!).



Kereluik, K., Mishra, P. & Koehler, M.J. (2011). On learning to subvert signs: Literacy, technology and the TPACK framework. The California Reader, 44(2), 12-18.

Mishra, P. & Koehler, M.J.(2006). Technological pedagogical content knowledge: A framework for teacher knowledge. Teachers College Record, 108(6), 1017-1054. Retrieved from

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