This post was co-written by Judy Van Alstyne.
What does SAMR stand for?
Substitution • Augmentation • Modification • Redefinition
What is SAMR?
A model, by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D., which shows four levels of how technology is used in the classroom from the simple exchange of tools (Substitution) to the sophisticated development of new tasks conceived and created in novel ways (Redefinition).
S: taking notes with a word processing application
A: taking notes with a word processing application and using built in dictionary and thesaurus tools
M: students create shared notes that allows them to collaborate with peers to create the ultimate study guide
R: study guide is shared with the teacher, peers in another school and/or other experts for feedback and revision to create a presentation (for example, an American Revolution study guide is exchanged with one created by a class in Great Britain)
“to help educators integrate technology into teaching and learning… to enable teachers to design, develop, and integrate digital learning experiences that utilize technology to transform learning experiences to lead to high levels of achievement for students.”
(Quote from: http://msad75summertechnologyinstitute.wordpress.com/beyond-substitution/)
Does this mean I have to completely redesign every lesson plan to achieve the most sophisticated use of technology?
No! Understanding the SAMR model allows you to choose effectively which lessons are worth redefinition, which lessons work fine with simple augmentation, or which are simple substitutions that might even be better without technology at all.
Where do I start?
If you work at AC, come to the library after school on Tuesday, March 18th at 3:30 for a special SAMR workshop. Be prepared with lessons or tasks to share, analyze, and potentially redefine!