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
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
Part 1: Gears of Transformation, Technology Integration: SAMR Model Revised
Note: This is Part 1 in a 3-part series of posts about the SAMR Model. Future posts will examine the SAMR Model as it relates to digital badge learning design and teacher professional development.
The SAMR Model, created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D., offers us a ladder approach for thinking about how technology integration can enhance learning and transform how learning happens today. As educators, it is up to us to think creatively about how technology tools can engage students in creating, problem solving, innovating, researching and connecting with the wider world.
I prefer to think about the road to transformative learning design as an interconnected proposition, where each cog in the machine moves us closer to lighting up connected learners. Read more