This reminded me of what we do sometimes in our classroom. We attempt to be innovative by adding technology, but we get mixed results. Using technology to do the same thing we were already doing is not innovation – it is substitution. To be truly and completely innovative with technology requires that the tool allow students to perform new tasks that would not be possible without that tool. Of course, just like the innovation challenge in Top Chef, there are levels of success and failure.
The SAMR model (explained HERE) is designed to evaluate different levels of technology integration in the classroom. If you perform a Google search for SAMR, you will find a variety of images illustrative the four levels. However, this one from Jonathan Brubaker’s November 2013 blog post is my favorite:
As you attempt to add more technology into your class, be honest with yourself about what you are using and what you hope to achieve with it.
Originally posted at LHS Tech Tips & Tidbits February 2015
Coming next week: some examples of ways to use technology to achieve each of the four levels