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

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.

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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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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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Jennifer Carey April 16, 2014 - 8:17 am

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.”

coolcatteacher April 16, 2014 - 8:02 pm

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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