The SAMR model is based on four parts: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.

Screenshot 2015-06-26 at 10.02.14 AMSubstitution is simply using technology to replace a common task.  For instance, instead of writing notes on paper, students make notes in Google Docs.

Augmentation is basically substitution with some improvement.  An example of augmentation with writing notes would be using google docs and having students insert visuals to further understand concepts.

Modification allows you to redesign a common task.  An example of modification would be students choosing their own interactive service to make notes with visuals.

Redefinition allows for the creation of new tasks that previously weren’t available.  An example would be collaboration among students to on an app of their choosing that includes visuals, text, links, etc.  One website you could use to achieve this is nearpod.


Teaching above the line…..

In order to successfully implement the SAMR model there has become this whole notion and mantra of “Teach above the line.”  Teaching above the line means getting away from Substitution and Augmentation to Modification and Redefinition.  Several districts have adopted this idea.  Shannon Soger of Berwyn has some great examples on her blog here.

Here is a visual to help you out.  Screenshot 2015-06-26 at 10.28.28 AM

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