Example Taxonomies of Learning:

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Description of Activity Type
Possible Technologies
Social Studies
Students discuss opposing viewpoints; formal and informal; structured/ unstructured; synchronous/ asynchronous

Tools that support discussion, collaboration, and are text and or audio based - Asynchronous discussion via wikispaces; blogging, podcasts, VoiceThread, JSA Debate App
Create a Map
Students label existing map or produce their own, print-based materials or digitally

Tools that support image creation – PowerPoint, Google Earth, Google Map Maker, iMap App
Performing Arts
Do a Performance
Students develop a live or recorded performance (oral, music, drama, etc.)

Tools that support live recording – Photostory, Moviemaker, iMovie, Audacity
More examples, Table 1-7 scroll to page 4.

Why Activity Types

Activity-based instructional planning strategies are not new. Aligning learning activities with compatible educational technologies, and developing comprehensive, curriculum-keyed taxonomies of activity types that incorporate content, pedagogy, and technology knowledge, is the unique contribution of this TPACK development method.

Return to Unpacking Your TPACK

Harris, J. , Hofer, M. (2009). Instructional planning activity types as vehicles for curriculum-based TPACK development. In C. D. Maddux, (Ed.). Research highlights in technology and teacher education 2009 (pp. 99-108). Chesapeake, VA: Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education (SITE).