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?
I'll be honest...my rules stayed up for max 3 weeks. I have 2 classes that now no longer need the reminders, and they also keep each other in check. I hate over cluttering my walls, so ...
if I'm not referring to it often, it's not staying on my walls!
Over the last few months, I've developed a strong interest for Universal Design for Learning. As inclusion is central to my teaching philosophy, it's very important to me to find ways to access all the learners in my classroom.
When I had to choose a topic of interest to base a university project on, it was obvious to me- I want to introduce more people to the UDL philosophy. On that note, I want to share a project I created for a class I'm taking at UBC... enjoy!
The Nitty Gritty
My Set Up
I made my structure out of K'nex (to be specific, the set of K'nex I've had for over 20 years now!). I started by deciding what height I needed, and went from there. I made sure not to see any of the pieces from where my phone was. I taped it down to the table so it wouldn't shift. I held my phone to the structure with an elastic -mostly so it wouldn't fall and crack! I then borrowed a lamp from our office to make sure you couldn't see any shadows. The rest was pretty simple, and using the app was very easy!
one last thing...
Or one first thing, I should say. I plan to be sharing a lot more of my resources and knowledge about UDL, but until then, enjoy my mini-clip!
I've also embarked on additional professional development. A few weeks ago I started my first online course through the University of British Columbia (UBC), as I work towards obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Learning for Schools.
I am enrolled in ETEC 510: Design of Technology Supported Learning Environment. Already, I am connecting knowledge from my courses at McGill and things are starting to make sense. To be more precise, I am starting to see that I want my classroom to be an inclusive, technology-supported class that has students learn through inquiry and real-word problems. I'll be sharing more about my process as I learn and grow, promise!
But first thing's first: how to store the things in a safe and aesthetically-pleasing way. Since we all got brand new locks on our classroom doors over winter break, that takes care of my security concern. As for my aesthetic solution: I quickly ruled out the expensive options (you know, the ones that are actually meant to store iPads....). Pinterest inspired me, and I conducted some research, and here's the best solution I could concoct.
A dish drainer from IKEA! This dish drainer from IKEA to me more precise. Only 10$, and perfectly holds 8 iPads!
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