According to Teaching Teachers for the Future.edu.au, "the expert teacher needs to make creative links between what is being learned (content), how it is taught (pedagogy), and the appropriate tools (technology)." Thus, a first grade general education teacher is going to have a very different approach and is required to very different things from a tenth grade L&L teacher. Likewise, a sixth grade science teacher will need to implement TPACK very differently from a twelfth grade Spanish teacher. It is no longer enough for a teacher to 'simply' be an expert in his/her field. To be a 21st century teacher, the teacher must be able to teach and implement relevant technology that not only assists learning, but that is vital to the learning.
In my classroom, I would give myself a 6.5 out of 10 for my TPACK skills currently. I started at HMS two years ago and prior to being there had used a computer for various specific tasks, but never as involved or for educational purposes. I would also say I was a slight technophobe or perhaps a technosnob - meaning I was slightly afraid and also didn't see the benefits of technology. However, having been in a school that is so technology focused and having seen how technology is integrating into everything, I can now see how important teaching students to use technology is.
In F2, I use a great deal of technology, although know I could be doing more. I teach how to use the technology of everything that we use. All of my agendas, grading and HW is posted on-line. I receive student work via google.docs, and often have students work together to create one or a series of slides for vocabulary or new concepts. I recently did a unit in which students created weekly blogs for all their assignments. They also commented on their friend's blogs giving a positive and constructive criticism which they loved. We use kahoot.com for quizzes regularly which the kids enjoy. Kahoot.com is an interactive quiz website that offers a degree of competition and fun. Many students read online and use schools online library to check out books. Their reading is tracked online as well. All students use the internet as their main place of research; as an inquiry based school, that is often. I have spent a long time teaching how to use the internet for searching; the most effective ways to do so and how to tell if a website is valid or not. I have used classdojo.com in the past as a classroom management system which was effective for that particular class.
All in all, I'm doing fine but am excited about getting better in the future!