The SAMR Model of Technology Integration
One of the goals of technology integration should be to move from using technology as an add-on or enhancement to using it as an integral and transformative force. Ideally, we would like to create new learning experiences that harness the power of transformative technology, that is technology that allows students to do things that were previously impossible. The SAMR Model of Technology Integration is a useful continuum that allows us to think about the purpose that technology plays in our units of study.
Substitution: Technology acts as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change.
Augmentation: Technology acts as a direct tool substitute, with functional improvement.
Modification: Technology allows for a significant task redesign.
Redefinition: Technology allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.
Think of a unit or an assessment task where you have integrated technology. Where do you think it falls on the SAMR continuum? How could you take it to the next level? Put your ideas in the comments below!