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..
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