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SAMR

Posted in Uncategorized by Alex on the March 19, 2018

The first level of SAMR is substitution. This means doing an activity that you could do without technology. An example of how to use substitution in a high school English classroom is to have your students write an essay over a novel we just finished reading, such as The Great Gatsby. Without technology, students would hand-write the essay. With technology, they could use either Microsoft Word or Google Docs to type the paper. Those two technologies are word processors that you can type a paper on instead of handwriting it.

The next level of SAMR is Augmentation. In this level, there is a slight improvement to enhance your technology. An example that works well with high school English is when typing a paper on a word processor such as Google Docs or Microsoft word, students use the built in tools such as spell check or the thesaurus. These features enhance their papers and improve their work. It is easier to use these tools than for a student to pick up an actual thesaurus as they may miss some spelling or grammar mistakes or it saves time compared to picking up a thesaurus and searching through it.

Next is Modification. This level lets students do common tasks that are enhanced even more through the use of technology, and giving a different type of assignment. An example is after writing an essay, the students have to practice their public speaking skills by reading their essay out loud to their class. During their presentation to their class, they will be recorded on camera. Afterwards, they can watch their presentation and see what they need to work on for their public speaking skills.

Last is Redefinition. In this level, students do something that they could not without technology. For an English class, you could have students research a topic, and then have them present about it through a documentary. You could have students team up and create the video and edit it, which they would not be able to do without a camera and computer.

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