A portal of educational resources: providing evidence for matching pedagogy with technology

  • Nicoletta Di Blas Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
  • Alessandro Fiore Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
  • Luca Mainetti Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
  • Roberto Vergallo Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
  • Paolo Paolini Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
Keywords: educational portal, educational repository, open educational resources, educational technology, the TPACK model

Abstract

The TPACK (Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge) model presents the three types of knowledge that are necessary to implement a successful technology-based educational activity. It highlights how the intersections between TPK (Technological Pedagogical Knowledge), PCK (Pedagogical Content Knowledge) and TCK (Technological Content Knowledge) are not a sheer sum up of their components but new types of knowledge. This paper focuses on TPK, the intersection between technology knowledge and pedagogy knowledge – a crucial field of investigation. Actually, technology in education is not just an add-on but is literally reshaping teaching/learning paradigms. Technology modifies pedagogy and pedagogy dictates requirements to technology. In order to pursue this research, an empirical approach was taken, building a repository (back-end) and a portal (front-end) of about 300 real-life educational experiences run at school. Educational portals are not new, but they generally emphasise content. Instead, in our portal, technology and pedagogy take centre stage. Experiences are classified according to more than 30 categories (‘facets’) and more than 200 facet values, all revolving around the pedagogical implementation and the technology used. The portal (an innovative piece of technology) supports sophisticated ‘exploratory’ sessions of use, targeted at researchers (investigating the TPK intersection), teachers (looking for inspiration in their daily jobs) and decision makers (making decisions about the introduction of technology into schools).

Keywords: educational portal; educational repository; open educational resources; educational technology; the TPACK model

(Published: 06 May 2014)

Citation: Research in Learning Technology 2014, 22: 22906 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v22.22906

 

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Published
2014-05-06
How to Cite
Di Blas, N., Fiore, A., Mainetti, L., Vergallo, R., & Paolini, P. (2014). A portal of educational resources: providing evidence for matching pedagogy with technology. Research in Learning Technology, 22. https://doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v22.22906
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