While this is the first exposure that I have had to SAMR and TPACK, I feel like there is an intrinsic knowledge of these frameworks that most educators (in the 21st century, at least) already possess. It’s the identification and purposeful practice and reflection these frameworks offer that is most appealing to me as I forge ahead as a tech-savvy educator.
In looking more closely at the SAMR Model, I like that the framework makes room for a growth mindset – you can use technology and be rewarded from the benefits, but the SAMR model encourages us to to move beyond the idea of technology for the sake of technology. The idea of using technology to create something that was “previously inconceivable” is exciting, if a bit daunting.
So, in looking at how I could use the SAMR Model to evaluate my own practice of technology integration, I would say that I fall somewhere between Augmentation and Modification. While I have significantly increased my purposeful use of technology in my lessons, I still wonder how much a blog, for instance, is still just a fancy substitute for a journal. But when I think about that difference, I am reminded of the capabilities of a blog as opposed to a notebook. And one HUGE difference stands out to me – a blog allows a writer to share their thoughts with the whole world (if they choose), whereas an in-class notebook is only accessible to the classmates and the teacher. That in itself is powerful and moves that particular tech tool from Substitution all the way up to Redefinition.
Redefinition: Tech allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable”
Looking back through my posts last year, I’m reminded just how much I did strive to make sure my use of technology in the classroom was purposeful and focused on Modification and Redefinition. Our grade 10 unit on Digital Storytelling was hugely successful and the students were the most engaged I’ve seen them…BUT, it was a LOT of work in both the planning and evaluating. Maybe as we continue to grow with technology, it will become more second nature to us as we move from Enhancement to Transformation.