If you aren't familiar with the SAMR model, let me introduce you. This model, created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, illustrates different levels of tech integration & it's meaningfulness...
As you can see, the first (lowest) level is S for substitution. An example would be using a SmartBoard to replace a blackboard- writing whatever you wrote on your blackboard on the computer and projecting it. Zero enhancement!
A is for augmentation. This shows some enhancement to the task, such as using the spellcheck function on your word processor.
M is for modification. The task is starting to take a different shape, one that could not have happened without technology. This could be as simple as sharing student writing on a class blog, now opening up their audience to the whole world.
R is for redefinition, and is the highest level of transformation. This task is completely different from it's tech-free version. An example would be having teams of student work a solving a real-world problem, using the internet to connect to useful outside sources, and then sharing their ideas with authentic audiences.
All that is a lot to think about. I was introduced to this model a few months ago, and still sometimes struggle to properly apply tech- or rather, applying it to its full potential. I've posted this with the goal of asking, and of finding out, if there are rules or suggestions you teach by?
What are some guidelines you keep in mind
when implementing tech in your teaching?
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