If you talk to anyone in ed tech these days, you’ll most likely hear S.A.M.R. tossed about in the conversation.  If you’re not immersed in the world of ed tech, then you might be thinking, “What’s wrong with these people?  What on earth is samr?”

You are not alone.

I would guess that most teachers (or at least those who have been teaching for more than a few years) haven’t heard of it.  SAMR stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.  And, instead of trying to explain it to you, here’s a short video that will explain it for me in 120 seconds:

Still confused?  Try this one?

And if coffee’s your thing, and you can’t imagine getting started without it, this graphic from Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything may be your thing:

SAMR model image

Image created by Jonathan Brubaker (@mia_sarx)

If you use technology, you might want to think about where you fall on the SAMR scale.  Or maybe it’s better to think about where your different lessons fall on the SAMR scale since it’s likely that some are on the lower end of Substitution and Augmentation, while others are on the higher end of Modification and Redefinition.

I know that the goal is to aim for modification and redefinition in our technology integration, but I think that most teachers will also use substitution and augmentation at least part of the time.  And that’s okay.  Just like it’s okay to take it slowly.  Try transforming one lesson at a time.  And get help from a techy person at your school if you need it.  There’s no shame in that (we’ve all been there).

Finally, I realize that SAMR isn’t the only model out there.  There are others, but this is the one that my school focuses on and the one I’m thinking about when I design tasks, projects, and learning activities.

Still confused?  Got more questions?  Feel free to ask away in the comments!

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