New TPACK book chapter

June 15, 2016 § Leave a comment


The  Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi, recently published a book titled “Resource Book on ICT Integrated Teacher Education.” Edited by Dr. Manas Ranjan Panigrahi it is available as an Open Educational Resource (OER) from the CEMCA website.

The book has 5 chapters, including on by co-authored by a team here at MSU. Complete reference (with link to the book) and table of contents below.

Panigrahi, M.R. (2016). (Ed.) Resource Book on ICT Integrated Teacher Education. New Delhi: Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia. Available online here.

Table of Contents

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Systems view of creativity & an interview with Michele Root-Bernstein

May 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

Our series of articles related to the broad topic of Rethinking technology and creativity for the 21st century in the journal TechTrends continues with two new articles. The first focuses on developing a systems view of creativity, specifically on how technology is opening up the world and changing systems of creativity.

Henriksen, D., & Hoelting, M. (2016). A Systems View of Creativity in a YouTube World. Tech Trends. (60)2. 102-106

The next article (reference and link below) makes a shift in our focus for the next few articles in the series. For the foreseeable future we will be focusing these articles on interviews with scholars and researchers on creativity. Through these interviews we seek to introduce their work and ideas to a wider population as well as connect their work to the themes we have been developing in this series so far. The first article in this new initiative is an interview with independent creativity scholar Michele Root-Bernstein.

Keenan, S., Mishra, P., & the Deep-Play Research Group (2016). Practicing the Process with Dr. Michele Root-BernsteinTech Trends (60)3, 200-203.


TPACK Newsletter #27, March 2016

May 18, 2016 § Leave a comment


TPACK Newsletter, Issue #27: March 2016
Special Spring 2016 Conference Issue

Below please find a listing of TPACK-related papers/sessions that will be presented at the SITE conference in March in Savannah, Georgia; at the AERA annual meeting in April in Washington, DC; and at the ISTE conference in June in Denver, Colorado. (That’s 66 TPACK-related conference sessions in just 3 months!)

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Henriksen & Mishra is one of most popular articles of 2015

December 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

Our recent article in TCRecord on how exemplary teachers incorporate creativity in their teaching (Henriksen & Mishra, 2015) was listed as one of the most popular articles of 2015! You can access the article by clicking the link above and, for the record, see a screen shot of the TCRecord home page below…


Paradoxes & Ambigrams: Article 2 of 2

August 24, 2015 § Leave a comment


A few months ago I had posted about publication of the first of two articles on mathematics, visual wordplay and paradoxes. The second article (part of our series on Art and Math co-authored with my friend Gaurav Bhatnagar and published by At Right Angles) is now available. You can download all of the articles in the series Of Art & Math by following the links below

  1. Introducing Ambigrams: Blog postDirect link to PDF
  2. Symmetry: Blog post | direct link to PDF
  3. Self-Similarity: Direct link to PDF
  4. Paradoxes (Part 1): Direct to link to PDF
  5. Paradoxes (Part 2): Direct link to PDF

Incidentally the magazine cover makes use of many of my ambigram designs. See the cover below

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Creativity & Teaching, new article in TCRecord

May 22, 2015 § 1 Comment

How do exemplary teachers incorporate creativity in their teaching? For her dissertation study, Dr. Danah Henriksen  interviewed several National Teacher of the Year award winners (and finalists), to better understand their beliefs, interests, and practices involving creative teaching. Analysis of the data help us identify key themes of how these teachers approach the creative process, as well as the connection between their personal interests and professional creativity. This paper has finally been published!! (Yes it took a while). Those interested can download it from the link below:
Henriksen, D., & Mishra, P. (2015). We teach who we are: Creativity in the lives and practices of accomplished teachers. Teachers College Record Volume 117 Number 7, 2015, p. – ID Number: 17947, Date Accessed: 5/22/2015 12:08:16 PM
The publication of the paper was followed up some media attention. This has been one of the best pieces of research I have had the privilege to be a part of. I think Danah has done a fantastic job and she (and the work) deserves all the attention that it has been getting.
Here is a video created by Vialogues & TCRecord where Danah describes the research and findings. You can join in the conversation here.
Below are some of the other links to media reports and related publications:

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Modeling & Play as cognitive tools: 2 new articles

May 22, 2015 § Leave a comment


The next article in our series Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century is out. Sadly there is an error in the title of the paper. The paper explores the idea of play as a key trans-disciplinary habit of mind often used by creative people across disciplines. Our previous articles have looked at PerceivingPatterning, Abstracting, and Modeling. Below is a link to the latest article (you can see all the articles in the series by going here).

Henriksen, D., Keenan, S., Richardson, C., Mishra, P., & the Deep-Play Research Group (2015). Play as a Foundational Thinking Skill & Trans-disciplinary Habit of Mind. Tech Trends (59)3.*

* Please note that this article had a mistake in its title. I have placed a note with the right title on this PDF but it may not match the actual printed article as well as the pdf version available on the TechTrends website.

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TPACK Vanity (v. 2.0)

April 23, 2015 § 3 Comments


Back in 2006 Matt and I took a bunch of work that we had been doing in the area of technology integration for teaching and pulled it together into one broad theoretical framework and published it in TCRecord. The TPACK framework as it has come to be known has been incredibly influential—far more than we could have imagined. As far as citations go, this is what it looks like on Google Citation (graph generated dynamically by polling Google Scholar citations for Mishra & Koehler, 2006). See Matt’s page about this here.

Citations of Mishra & Koehler (2006) over time

The recent issue of Educational Technology journal (that I mentioned previously here) has an article by Nyland, Anderson, Beckstrom, Boren, Thomas & West where they review a decade of publications  (2003-2012) in the  Journal of Educational Computing Research (JECR) to see the kinds of broad patterns of work emerge. I was gratified to learn that the Koehler & Mishra (2005) article was the most cited paper of that decade – with 318 citations (actually Google Scholar currently puts the number of citations at 508 which may just be a function of when the review was conducted).

Koehler, M. J. & Mishra, P. (2005). What happens when teachers design educational technology? The development of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge. Journal of Educational Computing Research. 32(2), 131-152. [PDF]

More interestingly, the reviewers also examined the top-cited paper for each year of the analysis. Under these criteria 3 of the 10 most cited articles in the journal are related to TPACK! You can read the complete review by going here:

Nyland, R. Anderson, N., Beckstromm T., Thomas, R., & West, R.E. (2015).  Educational Technology Research Journals: Journal of Educational Computing Research, 2003-2012Educational Technology. 55(2), 43-48. 

TPACK Newsletter #22: February 2015

February 9, 2015 § Leave a comment


TPACK Newsletter, Issue #22: February 2015

Welcome to the sixth anniversary issue and twenty-second edition of the (approximately bimonthly) TPACK Newsletter! TPACK work is continuing worldwide. This document contains recent updates to that work that we hope will be interesting and useful to you, our subscribers.

If you are not sure what TPACK is, please surf over to to find out more.

Gratuitous Quote About Knowledge
“Without knowledge, action is useless, and knowledge without action is futile.”

– Abu Bakr

In This Issue
-1. Gratuitous Quote About Knowledge
0. In This Issue (You are here.)
1. TPACK Newsletter Update
2. Recent TPACK Publications
3. Recent TPACK-Related Dissertations
4. Recent TPACK Presentations
5. Call for TPACK-related Manuscripts
6. TPACK Newsletter Suggested Citation
7. Learning and Doing More with TPACK
–. Un-numbered miscellaneous stuff at the end

1. TPACK Newsletter Update
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Blast from the past: Theories and memory

February 6, 2015 § Leave a comment


Ambigram for the word “Theory” by Punya Mishra

My first real research study was one that I conducted back when I was a graduate student under the mentorship of Bill Brewer. It was designed as a classic educational psychology memory study and though I have done little along those lines recently, it is a study that I am quite proud of. For one reason or another I had not posted it on to my website and when I came across it today, while chatting with a doctoral student, I felt it was time to dust it off and offer it to the world, once again. Here is the reference and abstract and a link to the actual article (below the jump).

Sharing one of my newer ambigram designs, for the word “theory”, see above, was an added bonus.

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Mobile Technology in Teacher Education, Conference Galway 2015

February 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

I was recently invited to keynote The First International Conference on Mobile Technology in Teacher Education (MiTE 2015). The conference was organized by the School of Education, National University of Ireland, Galway. Kudos to the organizers (main point of contact being Seán Ó Grádaigh) for a great conference. I had a wonderful time, making some new friends and engaging in some great conversations.

Here are some links, recently shared by Seán, for those who want to get a sense of how the conference went.

You can see the MiTE Program Booklet and/or browse the photo gallery, or watch a synopsis video

MiTE Conference 2015 from Seán on Vimeo.

Finally, follow the following link to access slides from the presentations

R. K. Laxman, RIP

January 26, 2015 § Leave a comment


R. K. Laxman(24 October 1921 – 26 January 2015)

Thank you, Chile!

October 14, 2014 § Leave a comment



I spent the past seven days in Chile, six days in Santiago and one in Valpariso. It was absolutely wonderful. My trip was sponsored by the Faculty of Education at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC is one of the nation’s premier universities), as well as support from the Enlaces project of the Ministry of Education and UNESCO.  This trip builds on a memorandum of understanding recently signed between MSU and PUC and focused on the role of ICT in education.

A lot happened during the week – here is my attempt to capture some of the highlights.
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Abstracting as a trans-disciplinary habit of mind

October 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

The next article on our series on Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century has just been published. The past few articles have focused specifically on trans-disciplinary thinking i.e. a set of cognitive skills that cut across disciplinary boundaries. Building on Michele & Robert Root-Bernstein’s work in this area we list seven trans-disciplinary “tools for thinking” that we argue are key to creativity. These skills encapsulate the ways in which creative people, across disciplines, think. Our previous articles have looked at Perceiving, and Patterning. This one focuses on Abstracting. Future pieces will look at Embodied Thinking, Modeling, Play, and Synthesizing. Below is a link to the latest article (you can see all the articles in the series by going here.

Henriksen, D., Fahnoe, C., & Mishra, P. & the Deep-Play Research Group (in press). Abstracting as a trans-disciplinary habit of mind. Tech Trends (58)6. p. 3-7

Photo: Graffiti in Valpariso, Chile, October 2014.

Praise-blame ambigram in 3D

September 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Jon Good has been playing around with some new 3D printers we just bought and this is what he printed for me – a 3-D version of the “praise-blame” ambigram (click here for the 2-D version). How cool is that!

So what you are seeing in the top half is the printed artifact and below it is its reflection. You can click the button below to animate the image…

Praise Blame


Innovation in hybrid/blended doctoral courses (new article)

August 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

The July 2014 issue of Tech Trends has two articles co-authored by me. The first is part of our ongoing series of articles on Rethinking technology and creativity in the 21st century (you can find the more recent article here and the complete series here). The other article was part of a special issue devoted to online/hybrid doctoral programs, edited by Kara Dawson and Swapna Kumar. Essentially we argue that:
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Good-Evil ambigram makes the cover of a German Magazine

August 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

My Good-Evil ambigram made it to the cover of Screen Guidea special interest magazine for web-developers! Here it is for the record.


Where do creative ideas come from? 2 articles

January 7, 2014 § Leave a comment


The new year begins with the publication of 2 key articles in our series Rethinking Technology and Creativity in the 21st Century. Co-authored with Danah Henriksen and the Deep-Play Research Group these two articles seek to develop a better understanding of where creative ideas come from.

Henriksen, D., Mishra, P., & the Deep-Play research group (2014). Twisting knobs and connecting things: Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century. Tech Trends, (58)1, P. 15-19

Mishra, P., Henriksen, D., & the Deep-Play research group (2014). Revisited and Remixed: Creative Variations and Twisting Knobs.Tech Trends, (58)1, P. 20-23

In these two articles we question the “myth of the genius” and argue that creativity is not a “magical” process, but rather creative ideas emerge from combining pre-existing ideas and concepts in unique and new ways. Though this may appear to be a simplistic formulation, we suggest that it is far from that. Creating these novel, effective and whole combinations is unpredictable and requires people to bring together a wide range of background knowledge and experience. It is this breadth of knowledge and experience that allows creative individuals to see novel connections and act on them. The second article extends and grounds these ideas by offering specific examples taken from the world of puzzle and game design.

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Have a great 2014!

December 31, 2013 § 10 Comments

It is that time of the year… the time for the Mishra/Sawai family new year’s video. As tradition has it the video needs to be some kind of a typographical animation, typically a play with words that is synchronized to music, and attempts to incorporate a visually interesting “aha!” moment. The video never includes people (except for may be a still-shot of the entire family somewhere towards the end).

The videos have become more complex over the years and the challenge, of course, is to create something that exceeds what we did the year before. Our budgets have also risen – going from zero when we first started  to around $10 this time around. What has not changed is the fun we have in creating these videos and sharing them with all of you. Below is our latest video, titled Point of View: Happy 2014. Enjoy.

Wish you a great 2014!
From Shreya, Soham, Smita & Punya

Here are links to the videos from the previous years (along with some other videos made as a family):

Of Math and Ambigrams, a new series of articles…

December 10, 2013 § Leave a comment


Mathematicians love puzzles—they love to play with numbers and shapes but often their love can turn to words and other areas that, at least on the surface, have little to do with mathematics. One form of visual wordplay with some deep connections to mathematics, and one that I have played with over they years, are called ambigrams.  (Click here for examples of ambigrams I have published on this blog in the past.) Ambigrams exploit how words are written and bring together the mathematics of symmetry, the elegance of typography and the psychology of visual perception to create surprising, artistic designs. For instance see the rotational ambigram for the word-pair “create-math” at the top and a design for “theorem” below. In both cases the words read the same even when rotated 180 degrees.

theoremTill recently ambigrams were something I created for fun. I knew of their mathematical underpinings, explored them once in a while, but never really took that part seriously. This despite my interest in creativity and the value of making connections across disciplines. Well that has changed…

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You’re invited! MAET Showcase July 26th 10am, Room 252 Erickson

July 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

invitedDear MAET graduates, current students, and other friends of the program:

You are cordially invited to our current MAET Summer 2013 students’ final project showcase, on July 26th, at 10am, in room 252 Erickson Hall. As you may know from your own past experiences with the summer program, our students spend several intensive weeks of work, study, and play during the summer — where they are involved with a range of creative educational technology projects. These projects involved technology and new media of all kinds, and showcase the innovation, research, and technology leadership that we take pride in amongst our graduates.

As a proud MAET graduate, current student or friend of the program, you are invited both to the technology showcase session that morning, as well as the potluck lunch that follows at 11:30. It would be wonderful to share with you some of the current work in our program, and to hear more about your own continued successes as a technology teacher/leader/innovator.

Please complete this short Web-form to let us know if you will be able to make it to the 2013 project showcase:

We hope to see you there!

A room of their own: New article on technology & creativity in the 21st century

May 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

The latest in our series Rethinking Technology and Creativity in the 21st Century is now available. The article was co-authored with William Cain, Sandra Sawaya and Danah Henriksen (and the Deep-Play Research Group) and deals with the issue of how expertise may actually hinder creative solutions and that novices may be the source of creative solutions—only if the experts learn to listen to them and to “try to understand the deeper patterns of human interaction, to learn from scholars and history, and to listen to what users are saying. But most importantly, to closely observe what they do.” We ground this broader issue in issues related to the design of hybrid or blended learning spaces, specifically referring to some fascinating work being done by William, Sandra and John Bell on developing a typology of models of interaction in face to face, online and hybrid courses.

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AERA 2013 – San Francisco, Photos

May 2, 2013 § Leave a comment


AERA 2013 – San Francisco, a set on Flickr.

Photographs from the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2013 at San Francisco. It was great meeting up with friends and colleagues, present two talks and take in some of the sights. Enjoy.

9 essential books for grad school (and beyond)

February 13, 2013 § 1 Comment

I am am member of the PhD-Design listserv, “a list for discussion of PhD studies and related research in Design.” I am not very active on the list but have found it an invaluable resource that helps me think. The dialogue is often of pretty high quality and I have learned a lot just by lurking. Recently the discussion focused on the “craft, guidelines, and traditions of research.” Dr. Ken Friedman posted a note which he adapted from a summary statement prepared for a 2006 conference on research (Summary Statements from the UK AHRC Practice-Led Review). I recommend reviewing the entire document since it provides an intelligent and thoughtful summary of the discussions that occurred at the conference. This post however, focuses on what Ken calls “a small library of nine valuable books that will help Ph.D. students do serious work—as well as helping supervisors do a solid job in supervising… These books can help to teach and develop good research habits, habits of mind and habits of behavior.” I thought that this would be of great help to our graduate students and got his permission to include his list here. « Read the rest of this entry »

Constructing knowledge on the web: New dissertation

November 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am pleased and proud to announce that Mike DeSchryver recently defended his dissertation, titled:

Toward a Theory of Web-Mediated Knowledge Synthesis:  How Advanced Learners Used the Web to Construct Knowledge about Climate Change Behavior

This is an excellent piece of research pushing new boundaries in our developing understanding of the process of learning from the Web.

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TPACK Newsletter, Issue #12, October 2012

October 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Welcome to the (long-awaited!) twelfth edition of the TPACK Newsletter! TPACK work is continuing worldwide, appearing in multiple publications, conferences, and professional development efforts. This document contains updates to that work that we hope will be interesting and useful to you, our subscribers.

If you are not sure what TPACK is, please surf over to to find out more.

Gratuitous Quote About Technology

“You affect the world by what you browse.”

Tim Berners-Lee

In This Issue

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October 2: Remembering Gandhi

October 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by anyMohandas Karamchand Gandhi (10/2/1869 – 1/30/1948)

[Side note: A few years ago I discovered an interesting personal connection to Gandhi. The full story, that speaks to creativity, the nature of the web and can be read here: Gandhi, ambigrams, creativity & the power of small pieces loosely joined. Enjoy.]

New ambigram: Nirvaan

August 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

My friend, Hartosh (I had written previously about his mathematical novel here ) and his wife Pam, recently had their second child, a baby boy. Since I had created an ambigram for the first guy (click here to see the ambigram for Nihal), I felt it was required of me me to create one for the new guy as well. Here is the ambigram for Nirvaan. Enjoy!

Nirvaan ambigram


Wislawa Szymborska, 1923 – 2012

February 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska passed away a couple of days ago. I first heard of her on an NPR show a few years back (and had included a couple of her poems on the blog – see here and here). If you have never read her work, I entreat you to do so. She is an absolutely brilliant poet, simple, straightforward, yet deep, with a wonderful touch of whimsy and humor. Here are a couple of her poems: « Read the rest of this entry »

Looking for design in Barcelona

February 2, 2012 § 3 Comments

Readers of this blog know that I am always looking for examples of good / bad design (actually I am usually not looking for bad design – it just sort of comes and slaps me on the side of the head!). I thought I might share one with you today, that I found in my hotel room in Barcelona. First off here is  what it looks like. « Read the rest of this entry »

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