The SAMR model is a technology integration model that helps teachers utilize technology in their classrooms. I like this model because it will force me to utilize more technology in my lessons more meaningful that merely substitution, which is the first tier of SAMR.
Substitution (S) in SAMR simply means substituting a way of doing something with technology. An example of this would be to type a paper rather than write it by hand. There’s no additional function other than substituting a method on how to complete a task.
Augmentation (A) in SAMR is a step up from substitution in that the substitution has an additional function to the assignment. An example of this would be having students watching a play online rather than having the students read independently. This would have an additional function because students are listening to the story, but also are watching the story being acted out by others. This makes the story more engaging to students to keep them interested.
Modification (M) in SAMR is the introduction of technology to help redesign the task at hand. An example of modification is having students write a paper using a speech-to-text tool on the computer, then sharing the paper in a blog to allow others to review it and give feedback. This allows for more communication from others, but still is using technology.
Redefinition (R) in SAMR is creating a completely new task at hand using technology because it would not be possible to do without it. One example of this would be creating and publishing a classroom storybook. You would have your students each create a part of the story using a Google Doc, but also allow the students to create their own illustrations using a program, whether it’s an App from the Google Web Store or using Paint, and having the illustrations put into the story. This allows students to collaborate with each other online, use technology to create the entire storybook, and the internet allows the story to be published so that others can read it, which wouldn’t be possible without the technology. Another example of this would be to have students create their own virtual garden. This wouldn’t have been possible without technology because the schools lack the access to a plot of land to create their own garden, the funds for the seeds of all the vegetables and plants they want to include in their garden, but also gives the students the experience of building their garden to the size they want. After each student created their own garden, they would be able to share their gardens with their classmates online and write an explanation on why they chose the size they did, the plants/vegetables that they did, and so on.
The SAMR model has many benefits. It allows teachers to evaluate how they are using technology in their classrooms, and to determine whether the technology integration is meaningful to their students or not. The SAMR model is great to refer to because teachers can learn how to make their lessons meaningful and engaging to students while using technology because it is becoming more prevalent and important in society.
Below are 2 links used to gather information on the SAMR model, plus a video that I created explaining the SAMR model.