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Introducing the SAMR model

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Duration: 1:47

In this video Diana Wilkes explains how she as a facilitator has introduced the (SAMR) Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition model with digital technologies into the schools she works with.

Diana Wilkes:

One of the things that I’ve been facilitating in the schools has been what we call the SAMR model. It was created by Dr Puentedura. It’s got the four different levels, starting with substitution up to redefinition. So if we’re looking at some digital technologies that are at the substitution level, what we’re really doing is just substituting a pen and paper strategy for a technology. So an example of that would be using Microsoft Word. We move up to the next level which is augmentation, and with an augmentation tool, what you are doing is adding an affordance to it. So you are increasing the capability of the student through the technology, but you haven’t really changed the process of the learning. If we move up to modification what we’re doing is we’re enabling some significant task redesign. So using a blog internally in a class would be an example of modification. And then if we move up to redefinition, what we’re really doing is enabling the transformation of learning.

We’ve changed the task design and we’ve enabled the learner to do something in a way that’s not possible at all without that technology, and again I’ll use the example of a blog for that, and that’s if you open that up to the world, and you’re building in a feedback loop, you’ve got some simultaneous work happening. That is an example of redefinition. It’s a really important framework that the teachers can use to help them identify the level, that the tools they are using, are at and make sure that they're making the smartest choices that they can make.