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.
Substitution: tech serves as substitute for the “old way”
Augmentation: tech substitutes “old way” with a functional improvement
Modification: tech affords marked task redesign
Redefinition: tech affords new task creation, ways of learning, never before possible
How do we begin to move from enhancement to transformation?
- Tinker and play with a tool enough to understand its limitations, as well as what it does best.
- Rely on your professional learning networks to share ideas and support your experimentation.
- Strive for global learning and project-based learning opportunities for your students.
- Accept that you cannot possibly know every tool out there or be THE expert in the room on the tool(s) you plan on using, every single time.
- Invoke the roles of coach, facilitator and guide.
- Adopt a growth mindset for your own journey and your students’ journeys.
- Consider your students as an integral part of the learning community. As contributors, they have wonderful input, knowledge and ideas. Trust them in the process of trying new approaches and tools.
Learn More About SAMR
Weblog from SAMR Model creator, Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D.
Resources to Support the SAMR Model from Kathy Schrock