How do I Get a Tech Integrated Classroom?
When I’m visiting you, I’m hearing questions like, “Where do I begin?”, or “What is the first step to integrating technology in the classroom?” Both of these are important questions.
While reflecting on my beginnings I ran across the acronym
SAMR. SAMR stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. In his writing, “Paths to Transformation…,” Dr.Puentedara creates a way for instructors and programs to implement tech integration in their classroom.
Looking at the graphic and thinking of your classroom: how comfortable are you with you and students using technology in the classroom?
SAMR in Your Classroom
Integration ideas to start off your FY14 on the right step.
Substitution – Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change.
- Youtube – Youtube does have great resources, but you need to preview them for validity in your classroom.
- Teaching Channel – setup following CCSS alignment.
- Find worksheets on the internet, use them in the classroom, and display the same worksheet from your projector or on your computer’s screen.
Augmentation – Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with functional improvement.
- Think of your favorite graphic organizer. Create it, share it, and have students fill it in a digital environment.
- GED Academy – “canned” course that can supplement your instruction.
- PBS – “PBS’ mission is to create content that educates, informs and inspires. These are your tax dollars at work, so use them!
Modification – Tech allows for significant task redesign.
- Have students do traditional work, like write an essay, in a word processor instead of handwriting on paper. In so doing students will stop working on their copying skills and can focus instead on grammar and wordsmith editing skills. The following tools cab help make this possible:
- Google Drive - a non-platform specific, so as long as the student can access the internet they can access their work.
- Or using a virtual drive like Dropbox to share work between partners and allow for editing.
Redefinition – Tech allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.
- Want a document cam? What if you use your iPad along with AppleTV to show what your camera is focused on? In so doing you are using two tools in a way not intended but getting the result you want.
- Team Blogging - this adult education class in Ireland creates and shares their own content with readers from their region, and around the world!
- Classroom Sharing - I was lucky enough to find out about them, and my class in Frankfort was able to share back and forth with that class.
SAMR will help you build a more tech integrated classroom. By incorporating it in your daily use you’ll also achieve a secondary objective of mine – to stop making tech special, and make it expected.
UPDATE December 6, 2013
This andragogy/tech wheel is from http://padagogy.net/ who shares some novel ideas. Clicking on the image will take you to the interactive PDF – what a great way to deliver information!
This wheel makes a correlation between Bloom’s Taxonomy, the SAMR model, and iOS app recommendations to give a helping hand with, “Where to start.” Unfortunately this version does not speak to DOK, but if you see one please share it with me!