Academic journal article Science Scope

Moving Up the SAMR Model

Academic journal article Science Scope

Moving Up the SAMR Model

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As teachers, we need to critically examine the role that technology plays in our individual classrooms and challenge ourselves to use technology in ways that truly transform learning.

Using technology to transform lessons into meaningful learning experiences means focusing on learning goals rather than the technology tool. When first integrating technology into their classroom routines, it is not unusual for teachers to simply use technology as a substitute for a previous methodology, such as having students type a lab report in a document rather than using pencil and paper. As a teacher becomes more comfortable with technology, so does their advanced use of technology. The substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition (SAMR) Model, in which a teacher's use of technology adoption grows ever more advanced, depicts this as a four-stage development that begins with substitution. Augmentation, in which a task remains the same, but is redesigned through technology, may involve tools, such as video or a speech, to enhance a product (such as embedding images taken during a lab activity into a lab report). At the modification level, the task is altered to often include collaboration, such as the co-writing and revising of a lab report. Significant change to the task occurs at the redefinition level as the use of technology allows students to narrate and share their work with authentic audiences. …

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