The SAMR Model. A way to guide our thinking and learning when it comes to technology. No stage is mutually exclusive and no one stage should be the solve focus of any teacher’s lessons, assignments, or tasks. When we ask ourselves, what do I hope my students take away from this assignment we can use SAMR to help us meet these goals.
The pool analogy. Augmentation and substitution as the shallow end and modification and redefinition as the deep end. We would never throw our students into the deep end without arming them with the tools they need to swim. The rich learning that happens in the stages of modification and redefinition can only happen when students have the skills they need to be successful. There is nothing wrong with swimming in the shallow end from time to time. After all, it is only when we enhance our skills that we become stronger thinkers, learners and collaborators. Gaining some concrete skills in augmentation and substitution might make projects richer in our higher level thinking tasks in modification and redefinition.