Later on in my life, when I teach, I want to make the classroom exciting and keep my students entertained. One of the most effective ways of doing so is to integrate technology into your teaching. This does not mean simply using that technology for yourself, either. Students should reap the rewards as well. Sometimes it can be difficult, though, to approach integrating technology in the classroom. When it comes to the classroom and technology integration, there is no better model than the SAMR model. What exactly is the SAMR Model? Well, I’ll explain it for you with this simple video that I’ve created. Did you click “simple video” yet? I promise it’s worth your while.
Well, I’ll go ahead and assume that you’ve watched the video. After all, if you’re reading this blog, you probably care enough to have done so. Now, if you should ever need to just glance at the SAMR Model in a simplified form, I highly recommend checking out this website. As you can see, there is a nice info-graphic that you can glance at and appreciate at any time! SAMR is a wonderful tool, and as this website explains, “While one might argue over whether an activity can be defined as one level or another, the important concept to grasp here is the level of student engagement.” This is exactly right. This model is not to set guidelines for teachers, but rather to help a teacher engage their students.
When it comes to how I plan to teach, the SAMR Model has already greatly impacted me. As you saw in the video I politely forced you to watch, I was so inspired by the SAMR model that I created a stop-motion video about it! And boy, that took a heck of a long time. Believe me. In all seriousness, though, before seeing the SAMR Model I knew that I wanted to do fun things in my classroom, and I knew that I would be using some technology. But doesn’t every teacher want that? At least initially? One would hope so. Seeing and learning what the SAMR model is, though, has taught me that if I ever find my student’s engagement level lacking, it could be because I am not far up enough on that neat info-graphic I had you look at. Could you imagine having every one of your big projects for your classroom be on that Redefinition rung of that ladder? Because of working with the SAMR Model, I can, and I certainly hope to be at that level more often than not.