|Image created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D. |
I like the SAMR model and I think it does what models are supposed to do, it get us talking and thinking about the work going on in our classrooms. This graphic shows the progression of a teacher's thinking with a bit of humor too.
As a model though, I think SAMR has some issues we need to talk and think about more. This is my list of concerns.
For further exploration:
- It privileges the modification and redefinition stages such that good teaching without tech is marginalized. Even after five years of 1:1 I still have a few fabulous lessons that just work better on paper. They are worth keeping even if they do not integrate technology.
- Teachers often underestimate the kinds of tasks that might qualify as redefinition. (I'm seeing this a lot lately and it worries me.) My friend Holly was tweeting about it from a keynote Dr. Puentedura gave in Boston a few weeks ago.
- It scares teachers new to technology integration by placing substitution at the bottom of a steep climb, when many of them are still figuring out how to substitute effectively. I like this graphic better for working with teachers who are very new to educational technology. (If you work with teachers new to technology, take my advice, don't show them the SAMR model until they are already comfortable doing some substitution and augmentation.)
- The assumption by educators, (though the model does not specify this,) is that responsibility for task design still rests with the teacher, but in reality the classrooms that really reach redefinition are often rife with student driven innovation.
What if SAMR focused on students and teachers instead of tasks?
TECH: For Teachers and Students by Jen Roberts is licensed under a
One thing I would add about both SAMR and TECH, is that none of these categories are exclusive. I think most of us spend most of our teaching time floating between the two middle categories of both models, occasionally hitting both higher and lower levels of pedagogy.
I'm interested in your thoughts and suggestions. This is just a first draft of my thinking.
Thanks for the great post! Two of your links do not work properly:ReplyDelete
1. Progression of teacher thinking with humour.
2. Working with teachers new to tech.
Yep, this post is 7 years old, so some of the links are probably no longer working.Delete
I like this model! I know you previously said this is seven years old? Have you done more refining of the Model?ReplyDelete
I haven't changed anything about the TECH model. It's in my book, Power Up: Making the Shift to 1:1 Teaching and Learning. I know Kathy Schrock has a version of the TECH model linked to Blooms Taxonomy. Models like this (and SAMR) aren't and shouldn't be prescriptive. They are just a starting point for having conversations about what students are doing in our classrooms.Delete
That is how I found you in the first place. I didn't know it was in a book....I will check it out!Delete
The graphic link connected to Word Press isn't working.ReplyDelete
Thanks for letting me know. It's a pretty old post, so the other author may have taken it down.Delete
New link for teacher confidence: https://ictevangelist.com/teacher-confidence-using-technology/ReplyDelete