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SAMR – Design Learning for Engagement, Part 3 – Professional Development

Note:  This post is Part 3 in a 3-part series about the SAMR Model as it relates to digital badge learning design.  Explore Part 1 and Part 2 to follow more of this conversation.



Teacher professional development aims to transform teaching practices, which ultimately, improves student achievement.  At the onset, this sounds simple; however, developing effective teacher professional development experiences is more challenging than meets the eye.  Reflecting on your own experiences as an educator, I bet much of your critical feedback would highlight current research on effective (or ineffective) teacher professional development. Not only this, but I am guessing with certainty that you can recall only a few really meaningful and impactful professional development experiences.  What made them so impactful? Read more

SAMR – Design Learning for Engagement, Part 2

Note:  This is Part 2 in a 3-part series of posts about the SAMR Model.  The last post in the series will examine the SAMR Model as it relates to digital badge learning design and teacher professional development.  Access Part 1 here.

Part 2: Digital Badge Learning, the SAMR Model and New Bloom’s 




When I begin the badge learning design process, I draw upon a reference library that serves as a compass for ensuring that the learning is engaging and relevant for the students in mind.  I think about the TPACK model, New Bloom’s Taxonomy and the SAMR Model for technology integration and the principles of Connected Learning.  In addition to these models and frameworks, I keep ISTE’s Standards in mind, as well as my own sensibilities about what “good” teaching and learning looks and feels like, both from the learner and teachers’ perspectives.  Read more

Badge Program Design: Signature Process


In the fall TAMRITZ visited four schools in the 2013-14 Badge Learning Network cohort to kick off their badge learning curriculum design processes, including Kehillah Schechter Academy, Krieger Schechter Day School, The Moriah School and Seattle Hebrew Academy.

TAMRITZ developed and implemented a unique training program that is process-based and flexible.  The training program supports schools in:

  • Building Team:  Identify values, skills and content; determine badge learning advisory team functions and process
  • Designing Badge Learning Programs:  Constellation, architecture, taxonomy, program guide, curriculum focus
  • Setting Goals:  Work plan, deadlines, monthly check-ins/webinars and ongoing coaching
  • Launching Badge Learning Programs

The Moriah School’s Badge Learning Advisory Team

Training Kicks Off Online First…

Uber-MainSchools enter the badge learning design program after an intensive professional development, badge-based course, “Digital Age Teaching.”  The Digital Age Teaching course levels up the badge learning advisory teams’ skill sets in modern learning literacies; pedagogoical practices; and tools that naturally support learning in the Grades 5-8 classroom.  Digital Age Teaching also provides an introduction to open badges, and a safe community of practice for educators to play, tinker and learn through new media.  Through this immersive experience, teachers begin to understand the multiple layers and components that a badge learning experience might include.  Read more