I’ve been exploring the model of the SAMR model for integrating technology into classrooms. It stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition and is best describe by the above graphic. Although I see the goal is to get students to reach to the SAMR level in their incorporation of technology into their learning, I see this as a great way for teachers to work on their own use of technology in their own learning. It has mirrored my own path of utilizing technology to improve my learning.
When I first started teaching, I read as many resource texts as possible. Intnosedays, they were almost exclusively paper books,with the exception of university papers that were sent through email. I now use apps like kindle to read, easily,anywhere any I,be oft he dozens of texts I have saved to my iPad. I substituted the paper text with the digital version. No changes to my process of learning: I read and reflected those readings with my personal learning network (teachers in my school).
I then augmented my learning by tweeting out passages, through the kindle app, to those in my new, PLN (those connected through social media). Again, there was not much difference in what I was doing with paper texts, except I was using the technology to expand my PLN, improving the speed with which I could connect. I would say that the features of the technology (using twitter to discuss and reflect) allowed me to expand my learning group to those in different places.
When I started to blog (this is my third attempt of blogging the previous ones float out there in that zombie wasteland of forgotten sites), I tried to expand the role of technology in my learning by reflecting on articles, writing my own thoughts, and incorporating digital images, video, into the blog to help me understand new concepts in learning, especially around assessment and differentiation in my classroom.
I am just beginning to foray into the redefinition of my learning. Looking into creating spaces of within the Web 2.0 where connections, through such sites as twitter, google plus, allow for sharing thoughts not just to those in my school, but to anyone with access to the internet.
However, the promise of this part are a struggle for me, not because I fear the unknown parts of redefining my learning with the world, but because, as my PLN grows, I worry I am missing some voices that matter: those voices of the first time tweeters, bloggers, who don’t get the same airtime as those well known connected educators. Perhaps we need a space/library, where we can easily search for those new, important quiet voices that will allow us all to reach that SAMR.