SAMR Model – what are we doing with technology?


Gerard posted a really great resource in our Google+ Community. It was a list of apps categorised under both Blooms taxonomy and the SAMR model.

For those who don’t know the SAMR model it is an interesting way of thinking about technology use.

It has four categories

Substitution – Computer technology is used to perform the same task as was done before the use of computers. Eg write an essay by hand – use a word processor to type it in Word

Augmentation – Computer Technology offers an effective tool to perform common tasks. EG use the spell check function in Word another example is Students take a quiz using a Google Form in stead of using pencil and paper.

Modification  This is the first step over the line between enhancing the traditional goings-on of the classroom and transforming the classroom. Common classroom tasks are being accomplished through the use of computer technology.

EG Students are asked to write an essay around the theme “And This I Believe…”. An audio recording of the essay is made along with an original musical soundtrack.  The recording will be played in front of an authentic audience such as parents,

Redefinition Computer technology allows for new tasks that were previously not even considerable eg A classroom is asked to create a documentary video answering an essential question related to important concepts. Teams of students take on different subtopics and collaborate to create one final product.  Teams are expected to contact outside sources for information.

It is a good way to approach the apps we choose for our iPads – what level do they come in at – It is also good to consider when we blog, are we substituting for existing offline activities or are we doing something with the technology that is completely new (Redefinition) or somewhere in between. Perhaps some of you would like to comment on this post and give some examples of the types of things you are trying and where  they fall.

Below is a nice little youtube clip summing up the model in 120 seconds


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“SAMR Model – what are we doing with technology?”

  1. November 12th, 2013 at 8:57 pm      Reply khanley Says:

    We looked at this with Tony at our PD day on Friday. It was great to see where our teaching and learning was in relation to this model. It was really reassuring to know that I am on the right track.

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