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Introduction to the SAMR Model Video. SAMR is not a ladder, a word of warning. Published on May 26th, 2015 | by Mark Anderson I’m as guilty as the next person for singing the praises of Puentedura’s SAMR model.

SAMR is not a ladder, a word of warning

I’ve blogged about it many many times, it’s included in my book ‘Perfect ICT Every Lesson’ too. Quite rightly so I believe. The problem I have with it, and others find this problem too, is that it is seen as being a taxonomy, a ladder upon which to be climbed. Redefinition is seen as being the creativity to Blooms or the sharing of Vygotsky’s Zones of Proximal Development – the top rung of a difficult ladder to climb.

The problem for me is, like any tool, technology is only as good as the person using it. The trick is, technology use is at its best when it is purposeful. App smashing is a great way to help young people hit redefinition in the work that they create. 10 ways to reach SAMR’s redefinition level. Redefinition is at the top of the SAMR model, and most educators want to know how the can reach it.

10 ways to reach SAMR’s redefinition level

Here are several ideas for redefining learning with technology. (Image via Dr. Ruben Puentedura via When I saw Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model for the first time, I thought two things: 1. 2. A SAMR deep dive: Deconstructing SAMR with examples. Technology can help us do things in the classroom that were previously inconceivable.

A SAMR deep dive: Deconstructing SAMR with examples

Here, we examine two activities through the lens of the SAMR model. (Flickr / US Department of Education) When I first learned of the SAMR tech integration model, it was like fireworks went off in the background. I was at a technology conference. I had been using technology in the classroom for a few years but had no framework for implementing it well. SAMR opened my eyes to the meaningful, intentional use of technology. Substitution: Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with no functional changeAugmentation: Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with functional improvementModification: Tech allows for significant task redesignRedefinition: Tech allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable After seeing it, I wrote a post about what SAMR is, referring to it as a ladder.

That Time When SAMR Gets Us In To Trouble - Drape's Takes. There’s a lot of talk out there about SAMR these days (the model, not the rifle, although both are kind of cool). See what I mean? Combined with other models, you might even end up with this: Or this: Problems occur, however, when educators instinctively attempt to the climb the hierarchical ladder. In one such moment, Susan Oxnevad energetically wrote: Researchers have determined that technology integration typically moves through specific levels. Because I’m a simpleton, I just don’t buy it. In well-meaning fashion like Susan, others have pushed the term “life-cycle,” when referring to technology adoption.

If we, as educators, are shooting to be typical, then it's little wonder why our kids are so bored. We’re all in this together, though, so you tell me: Must our teaching and learning goals always linger in the lofty realms of redefine and create? But different doesn’t always mean better. Our answer may sound a little like this: HYPE. The SAMR Ladder Through the Lens of 21st Century Skills - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - EdTech, SAMR, Teaching. This summer I have been digging deeper into the SAMR model of tech integration to help educators embrace 1:1 learning and the changes it will bring about.

The SAMR Ladder Through the Lens of 21st Century Skills - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - EdTech, SAMR, Teaching

SAMR is a truly useful tool for helping teachers identify their current comfort zone in order to build expertise in designing efficient and effective student learning experiences. To reach higher levels on the SAMR ladder, teachers can make some planning and instructional shifts. A look at the big picture is helpful when trying to understand how to help students develop important 21st Century Skills at each level.

Through the Lens of 21st Century Skills. SAMR in 120 Seconds. New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model. Sometimes a visual guide comes along and it just makes total sense.

New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model

That’s how I felt about Allan Carrington’s clever ‘Padagogy Wheel‘ which we featured on Edudemic last week. Check out the previous version then view the one below to see the differences. From what I can tell, putting the wheel on this site has generated a bit of buzz and I’m glad we could help spread the knowledge. But I was quite amazed this morning when I saw that the Padagogy Wheel had been updated.

Now at version 2.0, it features another band around the edge focusing on the SAMR Model and on helping teachers (and admins) effectively integrate education technology. This new Padagogy Wheel (which honestly is less about iPads and more about technology integration now) should encourage you to focus on redefining your current standards, the current role tech plays in your classroom, and just about everything else. Want to print out the poster?