SAMR






Here are some sample lessons by grade level which demonstrate the SAMR model in action. 

NO TECHNOLOGY - The Starting Lesson

  • Sample Lesson K-3 Valentine's Day Cards
    • Students create Valentine's Day cards for their grandparents with glue, glitter, markers, scissors, crayons, and construction paper. Student work is displayed on the walls of the classroom until Valentine's Day when the students take them home.
  • Sample Lesson 4-6 Butterfly House
    • Students observe live butterflies through their different stages of growth and development. Students color pictures of butterflies and take turns taking care of housekeeping chores. A poster / chore chart is on the wall showing which student is in charge of these tasks each day. Students journal each day reflecting on their observations on the changes they observe.
  • Sample Lesson 7-8 Veteran's Day Project
    • Students create a poster with objects they have drawn or created in order to recognize veterans for their service to the country. Students gather uniforms, medals, pictures, and other items from veterans in the community in order to enhance their project. Their posters and memorabilia are displayed in a public setting on Veteran's Day and students answer questions as the public views their student's work. 
  • Sample Lesson 9-12 Writing an Essay
    • In order to prove that they read a book students write a five paragraph essay using paper and pencil and hand in the work to the teacher.
  • Math Lesson - Counting Change
    • Students use paper or plastic coins in order to learn how to make change up to one dollar.
  • Math Video Lesson Example - This video goes through all levels
    • Note: I like the levels mentioned in this video however, I thought the Redefinition Level put way too much work on the shoulders of the teacher and would have been better played out if the students actually created the Google Form that was mentioned. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcDGXziKwb4


SUBSTITUTION

Technology acts as a direct tool substitute with no functional change. There is little to no benefit for using technology at this level. At best, technology integrated at this level allows for some technical skill acquisition and/or to allow the teacher to gain some experience with technology. At its worst, technology integrated at this level can limit creativity and may decrease student achievement.
  • Sample Lesson K-3 Valentine's Day Cards
    • Students go to a website that the teacher found that allows them to select their Valentine's Day card type and color. Students are allowed to type in a message and add pictures to their card. Students print out the Valentine's Day card and it hangs on the classroom wall until they are allowed to take them home.
  • Sample Lesson 4-6 Butterfly House
    • Everything is the same except for journaling with paper and pencil, the students now journal using a word processing application such as Google Docs. Instead of reading books to learn more about butterflies, students visit websites to learn more.
  • Sample Lesson 7-8 Veteran's Day Project
    • Everything is the same except for students building their poster from scratch. At this level, students use an online poster creation site in order to make their posters look more professional. 
  • Sample Lesson 7-12 Writing an Essay
    • Everything is the same except that now students use any word processing application to create their essay: Google Docs, Word, Pages. Students still print out the document, sign their name, and hand in the paper to the teacher. 
  • Math Lesson - Counting Change
    • Students use a coin counting app on the iPad to practice counting and making change.


AUGMENTATION

Technology acts as a direct tool substitute with functional improvement. Technology integrated at this level either adds some minor improvement for either students or teachers and sometimes both benefit. Generally, this improvement is seen in some type of efficiency. There are some minor learning improvements or returns for the investment in technology equipment and software at this level.
  • Sample Lesson K-3 Valentine's Day Cards
    • Everything is the same as in the previous level except that students don't print the cards but instead send them electronically to the intended recipients gaining some functional improvement. 
  • Sample Lesson 4-6 Butterfly House
    • Everything is the same as in the previous level except that now daily chores are assigned to students through Google Calendar so that the students receive electronic reminders when it is their turn.  Instead of journaling with paper and pencil, the students now journal using a word processing application such as Google Docs. Each student has their own digital journal.
  • Sample Lesson 7-8 Veteran's Day Project
    • Everything is the same as in the previous level except that a slide-show presentation is created and is shown during the event using provided photographs of veterans. Patriotic songs accompany the slide-show presentation.
  • Sample Lesson 9-12 Writing an Essay
    • Everything is the same as in the previous level except that now students are expected to use the built-in features of the application such as spell check, grammar check, word count, easy bibliography and footnote creators to enhance their essays. Essays are submitted to online plagiarism checkers to verify original work. The assignment is then turned in via an email attachment or simply shared with the teacher electronically so it can be graded online. The assignment is not printed out. 
  • Math Lesson - Counting Change
    • Everything is the same in the previous level but now an online assessment is taken to check for understanding. Socrative is the app used on the iPad which gives students instant feedback on how they are progressing at making change. Efficiency is gained in quick assessment and instant feedback.

Above this line, technology doesn't really impact teaching and learning. Below this line, technology has the power to transform teaching and learning.
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MODIFICATION

Technology allows for significant task redesign. At this level of integration, technology becomes a tool that begins transforming teaching and learning. It is at this level that the investment in technology starts to pay off in improved student achievement, higher level thinking skills acquisition, and increased student engagement. 
  • Sample Lesson K-3 Valentine's Day Cards
    • Everything is the same as in the previous example except that now the students add a recorded voice message that is played at the same time the card is viewed electronically. Students post these cards to the classroom YouTube channel so not only the intended recipient reads it, but also other family members and relatives. 
  • Sample Lesson 4-6 Butterfly House
    • Everything is the same as in the previous example except that instead of journaling in digital isolation, the students now journal using a shared Google Doc inserting the digital pictures they have taken. All students collaborate on the same Google Doc building a story of change.
  • Sample Lesson 7-8 Veteran's Day Project
    • Everything is the same as in the previous level but with the following additions. Students do research with actual veterans and interviews with museum staff through various electronic means. Posters now incorporate what they have learned about the service provided by their veteran or from other sources. Student projects are enhanced by including voice recordings that can be played by the public as they view student work. A website is used to archive some of these interviews in order to save them for future generations.
  • Sample Lesson 7-12 Writing an Essay
    • Everything is the same as in the previous example except that now students share their essays with classroom peers to allow for peer review and collaboration. Students then create a brief review of the book to be shared online and as part of the library information system so other students in the district have more to go on when looking for a book to read. Both the review and the essay are shared with the teacher for additional comments or corrections. A classroom website keeps track of books read with reviews and ratings given by students so others can post their comments and reviews prompting discussion as to why certain books are more popular than others. The assignment still is not printed out. 
  • Math Lesson - Counting Change
    • Instead of the teacher providing direct instruction and modeling examples, students now watch a couple of YouTube videos and how to make change. Students who struggle can obtain more individualized help from the teacher while more accelerated students can move into creating their own real-world problem around making change.


REDIFINITION

Technology allows for the creation of new tasks that were previously inconceivable. Technology can be a tool to transform both teaching and learning. At this level, the investment in technology starts to pay off in improved student achievement, higher level thinking skills acquisition, and increased student engagement. Reaching this level is what technology departments dream of and why technology people work in education!
  • Sample Lesson K-3 Valentine's Day Cards
    • Students create a Valentine's Day video for their loved ones. Students get and give peer feedback on their movies and tweak or edit them as needed before posting. Next, students post their videos to the classroom YouTube channel so not only the intended recipient reads it but also other family members, relatives, and the general public. Also, the teacher reads appropriate comments and feedback on the videos that were posted. Age appropriate Digital Citizenship is covered. Students practice giving feedback online to other posted videos. 
    • Alternatively, students choose what they want to do in order to honor their parents, grandparents, or other family members. They can either print out a gift that they have designed on a 3D printer, they can build a gift out of classroom supplies, they can paint or draw a picture, they can do a video, etc. Whatever the expression of love, it is digitally posted online to allow for age appropriate Digital Citizenship discussions and appropriate online interactions.
  • Sample Lesson 4-6 Butterfly House
    • Everything is the same as in the previous level except for the following. Students not only take digital pictures but also short video clips of butterflies. Also, students work in teams to create 1-minute still photo animations or a video compilation highlighting the stages of the growth of the butterfly. While learning about butterflies, students use either Google Hangouts, Face Time, or Skype to visit with an entomologist about butterflies. Also, students use the same real-time video to visit with students in other parts of the world to discuss how butterflies are different in other parts of the world. Students can create their own peer-reviewed story about how they themselves are like butterflies and post them on the classroom blog for public viewing and feedback. Age appropriate Digital Citizenship and interaction is covered. 
  • Sample Lesson 7-8 Veteran's Day Project
    • For Veteran's Day, students collaborate in teams to create video interviews of living veterans. Students act as biographers of the war-time experiences of veterans in order to capture their unique stories in a digital format. These videos are uploaded to a classroom YouTube channel or blog that honors the service of these men and women. These videos are archived for future generations in order to preserve the contribution of these patriots. The slide-show for Veteran's Day is replaced by a video that contains segments or highlights of individual student videos. Students still have memorabilia on display and create posters or build models using 3D printers to illustrate the service of their selected veteran.
  • Sample Lesson 7-12 Writing an Essay
    • In order to prove that they read a book, a student chooses from a variety of options and either creates an essay, a video, a song, a drama, builds a model, or even the entire class collaborates using Google Docs and rewrites the story in shortened form where the main characters are replaced with the students themselves and their peers. Any of these options can be focused on individual students, small groups of students collaborating, or even the entire class working together.
    • Students can collaborate on creating an alternate ending for the book, create an additional chapter, or write a story from the perspective of another character in the book.
    • Book ratings and short reviews are still part of the lesson in order to make the Library Information System more useful when searching for books.
  • Math Lesson - Counting Change
    • Student created real-world problems are uploaded online and shared with students from other classes in other school. Students then solve the problems in a fun math competition between the two schools. 


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