In my series at Connect Learning Today, I explore a few things that I have seen, or heard, that are pushing my thinking, getting me to see something in a different way, or just something I want to share. This week I’m sharing 3 things about SAMR that have me thinking.
Substitution, Augmentation, Modification. Redefinition—the SAMR model, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, aims to help educators understand how to go deeper with their technology integration. Think of it as a progression to adoption. At the early stages you have substitution and augmentation. As your comfort level grows, you move to modification and redefinition. The end goal is to allow students to learn through tasks at the modification and redefinition levels.
SAMR in 120 Seconds
This short video provides a great explanation to SAMR and how the same learning task can be transformed by utilizing technology in different ways.
Teaching Above The Line
SAMR is all about bumping up teaching to help improve learning. The goal is to provide student tasks at higher levels, so they are critically thinking and creating new knowledge. In the SAMR world, that’s called Teaching Above The Line.
The pretty amazing Kathy Schrock in her Guide to Everything has put together a pretty comprehensive list of SAMR resources, including more video introductions, infographics, and links to blog posts.
There is also a great Pinterest Board I came across that has even more SAMR resources on it.
Recently, Joe Dale from the UK did a great webinar in the Reinventing the Classroom community over at Edweb.net that was all about SAMR. The archive is posted there, along with all his resources, including some excellent research pieces and how SAMR works in the mobile device classroom. Registration is free, so that is one resource you’ll definitely want to check out.
That’s what I am thinking about this week. What about you?
Steven Anderson is @Web20Classroom on Twitter. Steven is a teacher, an instructional technology integrator, speaker/presenter, and education leader. He will be a regular at Connect Learning Today.