The SAMR Model

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The SAMR Model, taken from Dr. Puentedura’s blog.

The SAMR Model (also called the Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition Model) was created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura and has changed the way technology impacts both teaching and learning. The SAMR Model is a progressive model that teachers can follow as they integrate technology into the classroom.

Google has published a site titled “Technology is Learning(following quote taken from the site) that explains the SAMR Model in more detail.

While one might argue over whether an activity can be defined as one level or another, the important concept to grasp here is the level of student engagement. One might well measure progression along these levels by looking at who is asking the important questions.  As one moves along the continuum, computer technology becomes more important in the classroom but at the same time becomes more invisibly woven into the demands of good teaching and learning.

The SAMR Model can be applied to nearly any academic subject. As a future social science/ history teacher, I know that the SAMR Model will impact my teaching. Sometimes history can either be hard to grasp or just plain boring for kids (or both). It can be difficult to contextualize or analyze a photo or painting taken centuries ago. With the SAMR Model, history can come to life.

I made the following video to demonstrate just that.

Now, I credit myself as being a proud future history teacher, but technically I am a proud future social science teacher. Still, the SAMR Model can be applied to every social science out there. Here’s a very basic Geography example taken from EdofICTJSSALC Wiki.

SAMR travel guide flow chart2

Admittedly, that’s not my favorite example for geography (why not use virtual reality for cultural geography!), but it is simple and easy to execute.

The beauty about technology is that a) there is so much other there and b) it has the ability to do things textbooks can’t. Sure, there are some good historical films that can be shown, but how many historians have watched seemingly accurate history films and still found inaccuracies? It doesn’t have to be that way! Why not have students make their own historical “movies” that they can share with the class! The SAMR Model allows teachers to take all that technological “stuff” that is available and put it to use in a fun and educational manner. For those reasons and more, the SAMR Model will definitely impact how I teach my future students.