Technology Integration, SAMR, and Differentiation

SAMR - The Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition Model offers a method of seeing how computer technology might impact teaching and learning. It also shows a progression that adopters of educational technology often follow as they progress through teaching and learning with technology.

The following awesome definition of the SAMR model is from Downers Grove Grade School District 58

A SAMRi is an educator who has embraced the ideas of the SAMR framework in their teaching and practice. A SAMRi's journey is never complete but one that grows and evolves as they develop their abilities to transform their teaching, and the learning of their students. The SAMRi teacher uses the SAMR ladder of questions as a guide to their use of technology, new and old, in their teaching.

The SAMR Ladder of Questions and Transitions

What will I gain by replacing the older technology with the new technology?

Substitution to Augmentation:
• Have I added an improvement to the task process that could not be
accomplished with the older technology at a fundamental level?
• How does this feature contribute a design?

Augmentation to Modification:
• How is the original task being modified?
• Does this modification fundamentally depend upon the new technology?
• How does this modification contribute to my design?

Modification to Redefinition:
• What is the new task?
• Will any portion of the original task be retained?
• How is the new task uniquely made possible by the new technology?
• How does it contribute to my design?

Bloom's & SAMR - by Kathy Schrock


SAMR Model Applications and Bloom's.jpgSAMR Model blue.jpg

SAMR Model - presentation contains SMMA 7th & 8th grade data

SAMR Model - presentation for Grades K-5

SAMR IN 120 Seconds - video

SAMR Template and Infographic - Goal Rationale, Process Rationale, Technology Rationale, Communication Rationale

The SAMR Ladder Through the Lens of 21st Century Skills - interactive model

Content Curation and SAMR Model: Teaching Above the Line - ThingLink by Susan Oxnevad

Taking a Dip in the SAMR Swimming Pool - The author proposes that SAMR isn’t a ladder that we should try to climb, but instead a pool that we need to be swimming in.


Like this description of SAMR:
  1. S for Substitution - the technology performs the exact same role as a more traditional tool, but is not necessary.
  2. A for Augmentation - the technology offers some functional benefit, but is still not necessary.
  3. M is for Modification - the technology is necessary in order to create a new product.
  4. R is for Redefinition - the technology is necessary to provide tools for students to explore, collaborate and guide their learning.

Three Working Models to Integrate Technology into Your Teaching

ICT Magic - Amazing resources and great example of how to use wikis in education

School 2.0: Progressive Pedagogy and 21st Century Tools - slideshow highlighting "Understanding by Design" concepts

Tech4D.I. - Technology for Differentiation Wiki full of teacher resources

Differentiating Instruction - Tips, resources and links

Understanding by Design - helpful resources to help you get started

Marzano & Web 2.0 - Web 2.0 That Works

Zunal - Webquest resource; easily indexed K-12 cross-curricular webquests

Educational Origami - Learning Styles resources

100 Helpful Tools for Every Kind of Learner

Sketchnoting - Wonder presentation on how to get started with sketchnoting

Getting Creative with Google Drawing - great presentation with challenge activities

Geography at the Movies - free video resources for teachers

Thirty-five Ways to Use Pocket Video in the Classroom - check them out

13 Ways to Use iMovie in the Classroom

Differentiated Instruction Made Simple - great slideshow containing lots of ways to differentiate with United Streaming

VocabAhead - create personalized vocabulary lists; share them as a widget on your wiki; 1,000+ little videos to pick from

Cybraryman Internet Catalogue - many differentiation resources

Interactive NETS*S - compilation of interactive resources and lesson plan ideas that can be used by K-12 teachers when addressing 21st Century and Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS).

Common Core State Standards Initiative

Rubrics for Assessment - Nice collection of rubrics for all ages, a variety of assignments, and group work

The World Would Be More Awesome If... - Great example of technology integration that leads students to think about making the world a better place.

Twitter Aligned with Bloom's Taxonomy - infographic


Interactive Bloom's

Multiple Intelligence Inventory - good for students

Multiple Intelligence - Find Your Strengths - good for adults

Multiple Intelligence Inventory Results Explanation - see what your results mean for you as a student

Accelerated Learning--Test Yourself - It’s not how smart you are that matters, what really counts is how you are smart.

Three Different Learning Styles -understand the difference between the learning styles and identify your own

Learning Style Inventory - take this learning style inventory and find out more about yourself as a learner