TPACK, Just Press Record (JPR), and Mobile Technology in a learning environment
In today’s world, the mind can only retain and remember so much information in terms of using new educational technologies and medium. Researchers, educators, and students have moments when researching information, they would rather not forget critical information or salient points because of mind overload or forgetfulness. Moreover, there are new educational technologies, apps, or innovations almost monthly in the world of educational technology and medium. Even with existing technologies, (such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and so on) there are monthly updates of which include new functions and capabilities of using the technology for educational purposes. So, the question begs, how can the mind retain so much information? Moreover, how can we “satisfice” and capture the salient points of using technology and then transferring the technology to the teaching-learning environment?
To address the questions above, the writer will use the Technology Knowledge, Pedagogy Knowledge, and Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework as a model to demonstrate how a new technology would improve teaching-learning in the classroom environment. That is, the educational technology tool that integrates best with TPACK for teaching-learning in the classroom environment is “Just Press Record” technology.
Just Press Record (JPR) is a mobile technology that functions as an instant mobile audio recorder. What is more, with just one tap and recording, it brings instant transcription and iCloud synching to your iPhone, iPad, iWatch and other Apple devices. JPR offers one tap to start, stop, pause and resume recording. JPR offers unlimited recording. JPR allows the researcher to seek backward and forward during playback. JPR allows the researcher to adjust playback speed. JPR turns speech into searchable text. JPR supports over 30 languages. JPR has built in commands for grammar and punctuation. JPR allows you to share audio and text with other colleagues. JPR allows you to organize your recordings by names and dates. Finally, JPR has unlimited recording and storage capability. One possible drawback to JPR is that it works, for the most part, with only Apple products.
For instance, if a teacher is researching on how to use different technological tools for integration in a course curriculum. Then, she discovers a plethora of technological tools for classroom integration, however, she only needs the salient capabilities and functions of each tool. Thus, she can capture the salient points about those technological tools instantaneously on her iPhone, iPad, and iWatch using JPR. All she must do is read about the technology. Record the salient points using the JPR. Then, hit the red button to start the recording, then she can hit stop recording and capture the salient points about the technology. She has unlimited recording capability and storage, She can name the recording and store it in her digital library for later usage.
Just Press Record would also work very effectively and efficiently with content knowledge. For instance, suppose a teacher is developing content knowledge about American history in the Colonial days. He has an idea of how he wants to design the curricula for the course, but unfortunately the facts, concepts, theories, and subjects about American history in the Colonial days are vast and scattered. So, he decides to use Just Press Record and he only wants to remember the salient points about American history in the Colonial days. So, Just Press Record will allow him to organize his thoughts, understanding, and knowledge about American history in the Colonial days in a logical, sequential and informational formation. He needs to just hit the red button to start the recording, then he can hit stop recording and capture the salient points about American history with regards to Colonialism.
Just Press Record would work best with pedagogy knowledge for transformation to the classroom environment. Pedagogy knowledge requires deep thinking, critical thinking, higher order thinking, and learning that is transferred from teachers to students in the classroom. For example, let’s suppose a teacher is an online pedagogical teacher in myriad languages. Arguably, Just Press Record would be the excellent tool for such a teacher. That is, Just Press Record could turn speech into searchable readable text from over 30 languages. JPR could edit transcriptions from multiple languages from inside the app. Moreover, JPR supports over 30 languages and formats and converts the language as you record them.
In summary, the writer briefly described how a researcher can use TPACK, JPR and mobile technology (or an app) in a teaching-learning environment and improve the learning experience for both students and educators. Though much emphasis was described on how JPR benefits the teacher, moreover, the JPR technology would also benefit the student in a learning environment.