Have you heard about SAMR?

by: Natalie Siclair

Do you know where you are on the SAMR model?

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SAMR is an acronym for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. The SAMR model was developed by Dr. Ruben Puntedura, based upon years of research about technology in the classroom. http://www.hippasus.com/team/rrpuentedura.html

This image taken from Langwitches (SAMR visuals are used all over the place). http://langwitches.org/blog/2011/08/08/the-next-step-amplification-amplify/

Let me break down the SAMR model for you. I liken this model to a Pages document (Apple) or Word document (Microsoft). In these types of documents in the Substitution level, you are simply using the technology to Substitute a task students would typically do with paper and pencil (i.e. type a report).

In the Augmentation level, you begin asking the students to incorporate different things into the document. You are Augmenting the document by having students use spell check, insert pictures, and/or insert video (Pages). There are many ways you can augment, I only listed a few.

You see, there is a line above Augmentation. Once you have moved into Modification, you have moved into a more informative level of learning (collaboration, student driven, moves out of students circle- egocentric) versus automation (repeat, sit and get, stays within realm of students world).

Modification is when you take that document that students have worked on and collaborate on the document. Students can turn in their project created and ask for others (preferably an expert or close) to comment and return. Original student then makes modifications to the document according to viable feedback from others/experts. An example, send a poem created in Pages to Maya Angelou asking for her feedback. Students have secure email here at CMS, Gaggle.

Finally, Redefinition, this allows for the document to go to a level previously inconceivable. Again, let’s return to the poem. Students may embed the poem onto your wiki. Invite students in Australia (just an example) to create a poem similar to the style you created or are studying. Blog about comparisons and similarities.

Your goal; Redefine teaching and learning in your classroom!