Developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, the SAMR Model aims to guide teachers in integrating technology into their classrooms. It consists of four steps: Substitution (S), Augmentation (A), Modification (M), and Redefinition (R).
The problem with many personalized learning tools is that they live mostly in realm of Substitution or Augmentation tasks.
It’s in moments like these that we see the SAMR model, while laying an excellent foundation, isn’t enough. When considering which technologies to incorporate into my teaching, I like to consider four key questions, each of which build upon strong foundation that SAMR provides.
1. Does the technology help to minimize complexity?
2. Does the technology help to maximize the individual power and potential of all learners in the room?
use Popplet and iCardSort regularly in my classroom—flexible tools that allow my students to demonstrate their thinking through concept mapping and sorting words and ideas.
3. Will the technology help us to do something previously unimaginable?
4. Will the technology preserve or enhance human connection in the classroom?
Social media is a modern-day breakthrough in human connection and communication. While there are clear consequences to social media culture, there are clear upsides as well. Seesaw, a platform for student-driven digital portfolios, is an excellent example of a tool that enhances human connection.
more on SAMR and TRACK models in this IMS blog
more on personalized learning in this IMS blog
Seesaw saves time on organization and parent communication, makes formative assessment easy, and provides a safe place to teach 21st Century skills.
QR code connection, available across mobile devices
Google Classroom https://classroom.google.com/
alternatives for student portfolios:
two popular digital-portfolio apps: Seesaw and FreshGrade.
See Saw digital learning journal.
See Saw digital learninurnal. https://www.symbalooedu.com/
#appsmashing must be the evolution of the ~ 2010 #mashup
App Smashing is the process of using multiple apps to create projects or complete tasks. App Smashing can provide your students with creative and inspired ways to showcase their learning and allow you to assess their understanding and skills.
6 Amazing App Smash Examples to Inspire Creativity
Why App Smash?
What is an App Smash?
Content created in one app transferred to and enhanced by a second app and sometimes third. Preferably the final product is then published to the web – remember, digital presence is the new résumé (CV).
Reasons to App Smash:
- It demands creative thinking
- It demands more from the technology (value for money)
- It turns the issue of not having a ‘wonder app’ into a positive
- It removes any restrictions to take a topic as far as it can be taken.
- It often results in more engaging learning products
- It’s a fun challenge for ‘digital natives’
Key rules for successful App Smashing:
- Use the Camera Roll as your main conduit between apps
- Leave the app choice to the students
- Have a list of apps capable of smashing content together (See below)
19 Apps to Bring App Smashing to Your Classroom
GREEN SCREEN DOINK
YAKIT KIDS AND CHATTERPIX
EDUCREATIONS AND DOCERI
GOOGLE DOCS, SLIDES
thinglink, youtube, padlet, seesaw, realtimes,