You may have heard of the SAMR model for for integrating technology into learning – SAMR stands for:
- Substitution – tech acts as a direct tool substitute with no functional change
- Augmentation – tech acts as a direct tool substitute with functional improvement
- Modification – tech allows for significant task redesign
- Redefinition – tech allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable
SAMR is often shown as a ladder where S is at the bottom and R at the top. It’s a useful framework to consider where and how you could introduce more technology into your classroom – how high up the ladder are you comfortable? – while remembering that the bottom line is that the technology must be improving the learning outcomes for students.
This short video will explain SAMR much more clearly than I can:
If you are interested in learning more about SAMR Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything has a terrific array of resources.
Can you think a task you will set your students where the introduction of technology will allow you and them to climb the SAMR ladder?