Recently, I had the opportunity to present at the Texas ASCD 2016 Annual Conference with Eric Simpson, Director of Learning and Leadership Services at TASA.  A portion of our presentation included integration of technology through the lens of SAMR.

The examples provided during the presentation aim to paint a clear picture of the model of technology integration in the classroom.  Credit to Dr. Ruben Puentedura.  More information on his blog:

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Substitution: Technology acts as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change.

The image on the left is of my sketch notes from a professional learning session I attended.  These notes were created using one of my favorite apps called Paper.  The image on the right is of my notes from a team meeting.  These notes were created with pen and paper.  In this case, technology acted as a direct tool substitute to create the notes on the left.  There was not functional change in the task.

Augmentation: Technology acts as a direct tool substitute, with functional improvement.

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Using a back channel, such as TodaysMeet or a Twitter hashtag, students may ask/answer questions or continue the classroom conversation without interruption.  This use of technology acts as a direct tool substitute, but does provide some functional improvement. The questions may be asked or answered aloud or on chart paper, but the technology in this case provides efficiency and allows the conversation to continue beyond the class period or outside the walls of the classroom.

Modification: Technology allows for significant task redesign.

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Integration of collaboration with technology, such as through Google Docs, allows for significant task redesign.  Also, live comment features and add ons such as rubric tools push previous classroom tasks to modified levels of implementation.

Redefinition: Technology allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.

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Using Mystery Skype through Skype in the Classroom, students connect across the globe.  Skype allows students to discuss current issues, gain student perspectives about school and life, and to learn from one another.  These opportunities were previously inconceivable without the integration of technology.

Within Article I: The New Digital Learning Environment of the Visioning Document we recognize that digital learning opportunities are an enhancement to classroom instruction. Such enhancement may be articulated with the SAMR model.

1.a The technologies that make this new digital world possible must be viewed as opportunities and tools that can help us in educating and socializing the young both in and outside of school.

In what ways are you leveraging technology to transform teaching and learning?

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