What is the SAMR model?
SAMR is a model designed to help educators infuse technology into teaching and learning. Developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, the model supports and enables teachers to design, develop, and infuse digital learning experiences that utilize technology.
The four levels of SAMR
SAMR is a model that explains the different levels that technology can influence learning. It moves from the lowest amount of integration to the highest level of integration.
At the first level of integration, Substitution, technology is being used to replace the same tasks as was done before the technology. There is no functional change.
Augmentation takes the same tasks used before the integration of technology and enhances it using technology and makes the experience improved upon or more functional. There is a moderate functional change.
Modification takes the integration over the line between enhancing the traditional activities of the classroom and begins to transform the activities themselves. At this level, common classroom tasks are being accomplished through the use of computer technology. There is a significant functional change. While students are learning similar skills such as writing, they are doing in a new way by using technology.
The final level, Redefinition, creates completely new ways to learn and new skills to practice. At this level, technology is plays a significant role in the learning experience. Functional change is inherent.
Examples of SAMR levels
- Students take lecture notes on a laptop
- Students read a book on a tablet
- Writing a paper on Google Documents
- Use forums to ask questions and share feedback
- Students create a presentation on Google Slides and collaborate in real time
- Students present speeches on Youtube and receive peer feedback of their speech
- Empower students to create a video documentary
- Create an online blog about a subject
- Empower students to create a podcast
The SAMR models is a way for educators to asses the level of benefit technology that is taking place. By thinking about technology integration, educators can improve their classroom experience and take it to heights that previously could not be accomplished.