4 Step SAMR Model of Technology Integration Explained by Richard Wells

Richard Wells @ipadwells gives a masterful explanation of the SAMR model of technology integration. He is from New Zealand but his charts on the SAMR model have spread worldwide.

Richard Wells explains the SAMR model of technology integration on the Every Classroom Matters show.

All technology integration is NOT the same. Having tablets in a classroom doesn’t make the classroom any better than if Einstein sat in the corner. It is not the presence of a person or thing that makes the classroom better but the interaction with it that does. That is what the SAMR model helps us understand: how technology is actually being used to teach.


What is the SAMR Model?

Standing for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition, this model demonstrates and helps those supporting technology implementation understand the different ways technology can be implemented in the classroom. No, technology integration practices are not all the same.

I would argue that technology is MORE disruptive if a teacher is only using it for Substitution and Augmentation. If your teachers are saying the devices are a distraction and not worth having, it is likely, that they haven’t changed their pedagogy and practice. They’re just substituting the technology for what they are already doing and not using the technology to do what they couldn’t do before.

Understand the SAMR model to help coach change. Richard is adept in this show and while every ECM show is special, this one has to go up there as one of the best of the best. It is one of those you’ll want to email to people.


Who should listen to this show?

Everyone. Period. Teachers, technology integrators, principals. School Board Members for sure. If you want to have a 21st century school or classroom it is vital that you listen to this show. I’ve listened to it 3 times already and have shared it with my administration – his explanation is that profound and yet simple..

Listen to Richard Wells explain SAMR”

You’ll want to visit Richard’s blog and follow him on Twitter and I hope you’ll share this conversation with others to help them understand that ALL TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION IS NOT THE SAME!

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3 thoughts on “4 Step SAMR Model of Technology Integration Explained by Richard Wells

  1. I had the privilege of meeting Richard at an iPad Summit last Fall! Thanks for sharing this. Some great information here about the key role technology can play in education, but the importance of not just “adding technology and stirring.”

    • Great point Jennifer! I haven’t net Ruchard yet but am impressed with his writing and online persona. Thanks for sharing your first person view! He did such a great job on this interview!Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher

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