Friday, October 16, 2015

Technology Integration and SAMR

We are back in the swing of things here at IHS! After a new adoption and implementation of a learning management system, great work is taking place in our Digital Learning Environment. This blog is meant review the SAMR model and provide examples of different tools and activities that you may want to incorporate in your classroom.

Remember that the SAMR model stands for:

Technology integration, or the SAMR model is not meant to be seen as a ladder, but rather the filling of a pool. You will need all of these types of tasks in your classroom. Transformation begins when  you work your way up to the Modification and Redefinition levels of the model.

SAMR ties closely to Bloom's Taxonomy and Authentic Intellectual Work. Kathy Schrock has a great site about SAMR and Bloom's. Kathy has also written a blog post that talks about different examples of classroom tasks paired with the SAMR model.

SAMR is more than just technology integration. It is about transforming your teaching tasks to make them more innovative. Technology is the tool that you use to accomplish that. This article is great at taking common classroom activities or tasks and transforming them through the SAMR model.

Did you know that discussion board activities are a great way to springboard student communication and collaboration? Schoology has a discussion board tool built into their program. The following video is a tutorial on how to create, and even grade, a discussion board for your class.

Here is an example of expectations that you may have for students when completing a discussion board activity.

Discussion boards also make a great connections to "Digital Citizenship" discussions. The following article contains seven rules to teach students about discussion board etiquette.  Common Sense Media is a great resource for teachers, students and parents when it comes to media issues.

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