Update: Is SAMR a scam?
Trying to clean out my starred items in Gmail, and I ran across the following videos on the subject of SAMR. Since I've committed to doing a presentation that involves SAMR in late August, but know so little about it, I decided to see if I could gather my resources in one place, a content curation process I've been involved in for a month or two.
1. Substitution: the computer stands in for another technological tool without a significant change in the tool’s function.
2. Augmentation: the computer replaces another technological tool, with significant functionality increase.
3. Modification: the computer enables the redesign of significant portions of a task.
4. Redefinition: the computer allows for the creation of new tasks that would otherwise be inconceivable without the technology. (Source)
The originator/creator of SAMR is Dr. Ruben R. Puentedura (Twitter: @rubenrp ) (check relevant links below for more info). You can get some insights--quite profound--online in this presentation on Technology in Education: The First 200,000 Years. I found 6 minutes and 20 seconds forward to be engaging about the value of gossip, social networking, and what happens organizations try to control our use of social media/networking tools.
I remember when I first encountered this, I kept trying to understand how it would fit in with iPads. To that end, I gave it a try when compiling an iPad implementation plan with others. However, I never finished the examples because I didn't really have a solid grasp. One of the points I'm struggling with--admittedly, not having watched all the videos yet...more compiling/gathering resources at this point--is whether I should encourage the use of SAMR, or stick with a valid, reliable tool like the LOTI and LOTI framework. Or, if we really want to get complicated, why not consider TPACK?
In the meantime, I found these questions helpful:
Substitution: What will I gain by replacing the older technology with the new technology?
Substitution for Augmentation:
- Have I added a feature to the task process that could not be done with the older technology at a fundamental level?
Augmentation to Modification
- How does this feature contribute to my design?
- How is the original task being modified?
- Does this modification depend upon the new technology?
Modification to Redefinition
- How does this modification contribute to my design?
- What is the new task?
- Will it replace or supplement older tasks?
- How is it uniquely made possible by the new technology?
- How does it contribute to my design?
You can see the incomplete (and perhaps, incorrect) examples I developed below:
The four levels of the SAMR model include the following:How does this all play out in collaboration with what we're doing in schools and curriculum planning now?
1. Substitution: the iPad stands in for another technological tool without a significant change in the tool’s function. For example, the iPad allows for note-taking that could just as easily be a laptop computer.
2. Augmentation: The iPad replaces another technological tool, with significant functionality increase. For example, the iPad facilitates collaboration via various specific apps whose effect cannot be replicated on a computer.
3. Modification: The iPad enables the redesign of significant portions of a task.
4. Redefinition: The iPad allows for the creation of new tasks that would otherwise be inconceivable without the technology.
Here's an introductory video available on YouTube:
The videos were created by Tim Holt (El Paso ISD) and are an absolutely wonderful find...here's the email he sent out so long ago on March 7th, 2012:
We have created a set of videos on the SAMR model of technology integration.
(S= Substitution, A= Augmentation, M=Modification and R=Redefinition)
Anyway, we posted them up on Youtube and I thought you might want to watch them on your new iPad 3...grin.
So here are the links:
SAMR Introduction: http://youtu.be/
Here's one of the slides from Dr. Puentedura's presentation that shows the model in action:
- Maggie Hos-McGrane's blog entries about SAMR:
- Dr. Puentedura's resources
- A Brief Introduction to TPCK and SAMR
- Podcast Series: As We May Teach: Educational Technology, From Theory to Practice
- The iPad in Elementary Education (2 slide shows)
- Part 1: A Model for Technology and Tranformation (19:50 mins duration)
- Part 2: Why Transformation is Needed (10:39 mins duration)
- Part 3: Transformation and Education (14:21 mins duration) The slides used in this presentation can be downloaded in PDF format.
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