SAMR? Never heard of it.
The readings and videos in our module helped me understand that SAMR stands for Substitution-Augmentation-Modification-Redefinition. It made me realize that most of the technology I already use in my classroom falls under substitution and augmentation. I generally use technology to display presentations (augmented lectures) and show videos. I’ll be using the Jeopardy-style FlipQuiz this year to do some reviews — that’s substitution. I’ll be recommending Quizlet as a study aid — that’s augmentation.
I don’t have much in my class in terms of modification and redefinition. My Careers students do some coding and game design with Hour of Code and Gamestar Mechanic during the S.T.E.M. unit (that’s redefinition); they’re great activities but they’re isolated to a couple weeks. I have yet to find a technological resource that is transformatively useful in my Leadership Development class, Careers class, or Current Events class. There are numerous apps and websites for the core subjects but a dearth of resources for electives like mine.
I’ve set the following criteria for the digital tools I plan on using:
- COST: I prefer free. As I experiment with new apps, I don’t want them spending money on something I may end up disliking.
- BLOOM’S TAXONOMY: Does the resource fall under knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, or evaluation?
- SAMR: Does the tech resource substitute, augment, modify, or redefine?
- 21ST CENTURY SKILLS: Does it teach creativity and innovation? Does it teach critical thinking and problem solving? Does it teach communication and collaboration?
- DEVICE: Does it require a computer with Internet access, an iOS device, an Android device, or can it be used on all of them?
- USE: What is the purpose or potential use in my classes?
I didn’t categorize all the tools I selected into Bloom’s Taxonomy and 21st Century Skills because I’d prefer to wait until I’ve put them to use and seen them in action. All of them are free and accessible to students on computers and/or devices.
Take a look at my Digital Toolbox.