INTRODUCTION TO SAMR

The SAMR model of technology integration is designed to help teachers assess how they have been utilizing technology in the learning process with students and how they might better utilize technology in the future. There are four specific levels to the SAMR model. As you watch the videos and review the rest of the content listed below, think about where your teaching fits with this model and what it might take for you to "step up" with SAMR during the coming year.

As you can see, there are four different levels with the SAMR model of technology integration. The levels become increasingly transformative as far the education provided in the classroom with this model. Here is a basic image of the SAMR Model:

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SAMR_model-2-2.png

In the graphic above you can clearly see the four SAMR levels. With this model, one looks at the bottom level first, which is Substitution. The next level is Augmentation. Each of these levels are appropriate for educators who are new to using technology or who are just not sure about how to make available technologies improve the students learning experience. Note that the first two levels are enhancements -- ways in which technology changes the process or output but which do not necessarily change the ultimate learning experience for students. However, moving up and across the center line to the levels of Modification and Redefinition, one moves toward levels where technology aides in building transformative learning experiences that would not have been possible in classrooms of the past without current technologies.

Take a look at the following presentation (PowerPoint format) to see examples of SAMR in action for various grade levels:

Holy Cross Indianapolis 2014 -- New Teachers.pptx
Holy Cross Indianapolis 2014 -- New Teachers.pptx

SAMR Examples


If you find yourself at the lowest levels (or even off the chart!), please do not worry. The great thing about SAMR is that it allows educators to identify where they stand and provide incremental challenges for improvement. If you tend to be at the Substitution level, you will not be expected to reach the Redefinition level overnight. However, one should expect to be challenged to move up the SAMR model over time. After all, this isn't about the comfort of each of use as teachers, but rather it is about leveraging existing tools to create dynamic learning opportunities for our students.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS (Shared with a partner, with your principal, or for your own planning):

1. At what level are you most often on the SAMR level? Why?
2. What will it take you to "step up" with SAMR during the coming year? Be sure to share specific ideas as far as training, support, etc. that will help make you successful in stepping up.
3. What kinds of activities for students are now possible that were not possible in other eras of education? Why?
4. Think about one lesson, project, activity, or objective that you plan to teach this year. How might this lesson be enhanced or transformed with a technology connection? Explain.