Posted on 12/18/2014 at 11:28 AM by Pam Buysman

Summer may seem a long way off, but at NWAEA and Prairie Lakes we have already had several meetings to plan for our TICL conference in June. We've invited Michael Gorman. keynote speaker from last year, back to share. In an email I received from him, he mentioned a presentation he was working on highlighting the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) model. 

I also recently attended a webinar hosted by EdWeb that featured Rachal Langenhorst, tech integrationist from Rock Valley. She too, mentioned SAMR and shared this is a model used in Rock Valley. Bright Bytes also uses the data collected to summarize technology utilization based on the SAMR model. I also received an email from EasyBib, sharing a video about SAMR.  It seems like a lot of people are interested in the SAMR model. 

The SAMR model was created by Ruben R. Puentedura. The purpose of his model is to help educators examine the levels at which they are using technology. Really using technology effectively means creating the kind of tasks that redesign traditional ways of learning and also teaching.  We need to create opportunities that students did not have without the use of technology. Research supports a connection between student academic growth and student-centered activities such as collaborative information gathering, solving real-world problems, and using technology to create new representations of knowledge. Finally, the successful use of technology in the classroom must also emphasize a rethinking of pedagogy. Part of our efforts as instructional technology teachers means shifting our focus from promoting technology tools and instead supporting teachers in designing technology-enabled learning experiences. 

Watch this introductory video from Common Sense Media to learn more about the SAMR model. As you do, think about the top two levels of the SAMR model, modification and redefinition. How can you help teachers use technology in these ways? 

If you are interested in learning more about SAMR, Kathy Schrock has created a resource page on SAMR. as well. 


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