SAMR Model in Action

Teaching and learning can improve by setting targets that promote success and outline continual professional development. To promote professional growth and the increased use of digital technology to enrich learning opportunities a school must implement a digital learning strategy and outline General Capabilities to set a standardised benchmark of expected skills that will also operate as milestones of individual achievement.
The SAMR Model is often used as a framework to standardize expectations and provide a guideline for enhancing technology integration. The SAMR Model identifies four stages of educational transformation. The first step is Substitution, the second Augmentation, third Modification and the fourth Redefinition.
Workshops and opportunities to improve skills must be made available throughout the year to promote professional growth. The expectations for each term should not onerous and the guidelines should improve skill and increased iPad utilisation. The SAMR Model is an excellent framework to establish guidelines and goals.
The following guidelines may provide a suitable means of promoting professional growth and increased use of an iPad within an education with each term focusing on a different stage of the SAMR model.
Substitution - Term One Focus
  • Turn the iPad on and off
  • Create an Apple ID
  • Access iTunes
  • Purchase and Install an App
  • Redeem an iTunes Card and Code
  • Open an App
  • Delete an App
  • Dock Applications
  • Configure email and access Mail
  • Compose and send an email
  • Create an email signature
  • Change the Wallpaper and/or Lock Screen image
  • Create and set an iPad passcode/password
  • Connect to a WiFi Network
  • Use gestures such as swiping, scrolling, pinching and zooming
  • Take a photo and/or video
  • Access the Internet using Safari
  • Add sites to Home Screen and create Bookmarks
  • Adjust Brightness and Sound
  • Access Calendars
  • Create Notes
  • Mirror iPad through Apple TV or AirServer
 Augmentation - Term Two Focus
  • Access Learning Management System (LMS) and deliver content
  • Save and share documents within DropBox, SkyDrive or Google Docs
  • Backup and save data stored on an iPad
  • Save and share notes (e.g.; Evernote, Notability)
  • Create and publish documents on an iPad (e.g.; Pages,)
  • Create a media item on an iPad (e.g.; iMovie, Explain Everything)
  • Use an App for timetabling (e.g.; First Class, Numbers)
  • Use an App for gathering assessment data (e.g.; Numbers)
  • Use Calendars and Reminders for time management and organisation
  • Demonstrate a workflow by using a number of Apps to develop a product
Modification - Term Three Focus
  • Using the iPad for feedback (e.g.; Socrative)
  • Collaborating with others (e.g.; Edmodo, FaceTime, TodaysMeet, Skype)
  • Discussing iPad use within year level meetings/department meetings and successfully applying new techniques and strategies that have been learnt
  • Use web tools and Apps as a process of workflow
  • When appropriate replace hardcopies with PDF
  • Employ iPad technology as a core teaching and learning device
Redefinition - Term Four Focus
  • Plan curriculum to incorporate iPad technology
  • Recommend best practice to students and colleagues
  • When appropriate use the iPad as a means of digital marking
  • Experiment with different learning models (e.g.; Flipping the Classroom, Flattening the Classroom) to engage and motivate learners
  • Adopt alternative ways of working (e.g.; iTunesU)
The SAMR Model provides a platform to promote change. Providing guidelines to promote continual growth is important and will help individuals indenting their own achievements and celebrate their success. Furthermore, outlining General Capabilities can provide an assessment tools and also hold skilled educators accountable for their lifelong learning and professional acceleration.


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