Dr. Ruben Puentedura developed the SAMR model as a way for teachers to evaluate how they are incorporating technology into their instructional practice. The SAMR model lays out four tiers of online learning, presented roughly in order of their transformative power: substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition.
When you reflect upon how you are integrating technology into your classroom it’s tempting to think of SAMR as a mountain to be summited. But good technology integration isn’t about living at the top of the SAMR model; it’s about being aware of the range of options and picking the right strategy for the lesson at hand.
Eanes ISD selected SAMR as the instructional framework during the original 1:1 implementation in 2013. This model best aligns with the beliefs and instructional practices in the district. Referring to the SAMR model, teachers can evaluate the technology use by responding to these questions:
Where does my lesson fit within the SAMR framework?
How am I going to teach this and see evidence of student learning?
Can technology help to get all students equitable access to meaningful learning?