Technology Content Coaching

Guiding Thoughts:

In order to prepare our students to fully participate in contemporary culture, we must:

Expand the concept of literacy to include the digital

• Move beyond a tool-oriented focus to one that emphasizes critical thinking, communication, and the skillful use of tools

(Hobbs, 2010)

Planning Your Lesson:

  1. Always begin with the content and pedagogy of the lesson.   
  2. Decide if there a technology tool that will support the lesson objective.

Should I Use a Tech Tool? Revised

3. Connect your lesson to one or more of the New Media Literacies below. These are the “core social skills and cultural competencies that young people should acquire if they are to be full, active, creative, and ethical participants in this emerging participatory culture” (Jenkins, Clinton, Purushotma, Robison, & Weigel, 2006).

Play — the capacity to experiment with your surroundings as a form of problem-solving

Performance — the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery

Simulation — the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real world processes

Appropriation — the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content

Multitasking — the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details.

Distributed Cognition — the ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities

Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal

Judgment — the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources

Transmedia Navigation — the ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities

Networking — the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information

Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms.

(Jenkins, Clinton, Purushotma, Robison, & Weigel, 2006)


Hobbs, R. (2010). Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action. Washington, DC: The Aspen Institute.

Hutchison, A. & Woodward, L. (2014). A planning cycle for integrating digital technology into literacy instruction. The Reading Teacher, 67(6), 455-464.

Jenkins, H., Clinton, K., Purushotma, R., Robison, A.J. & Weigel, M. (2006). Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education For the 21st Century. Chicago: The MacArthur Foundation.

Mishra, P., & Koehler, M.J. (2006). Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A new framework for teacher knowledge. Teachers College Record, 108(6), 1017–1054.


Framework created by Allison Papke, Revised 11/2017