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Activity Types taxonomy

Firstly, let's introduce the TPACK framework. This video is a brilliant (and short!) introduction, and this website unpacks it a little. Check out the official TPACK.org website for all the info you might want.

So now the TPACK framework makes sense, but how do we apply it to our classroom practice? Fortunately we can stand on the shoulders of giants. Judi Harris and Mark Hofer have unpacked the TPACK model into a taxonomy of activity types, and teamed up with Neal Grandgenett to produce a very practical taxonomy for mathematics. 

Summary of the Activity Types taxonomy

There are seven tiers - seven tables of activities

  • "Consider" Activity Types
  • "Practice" Activity Types
  • "Interpret" Activity Types
  • "Produce" Activity Types
  • "Apply" Activity Types
  • "Evaluate" Activity Types
  • "Create" Activity Types

They're not in order from "good" to "bad". They're in order of depth of thinking and richness of activity. Choose the appropriate activity type to match the students in front of you and the particular learning objectives they're working towards, as you normally would. This framework just helps us to do that in an e-learning context.

If you try this, don't forget to let us know how you go in the discussion forum!