8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle

Jamie Clayton
Topic: SAMR

This article gives examples of applying the SAMR Model that can help teachers understand and embrace it. SAMR stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.  This model shows how technology can impact teaching and learning, and can be used to determine whether the technology application is enhancing or transforming the learning.  The idea is to move through degrees of technology to find more meaningful uses so technology isn’t being done just for the sake of it.  

The continuum starts with Substitution and Augmentation which is called the Enhancement stage.  In this stage, technology “acts as a direct tool substitute” with little to no functional change.  The second two stages are called Transformation. The first stage is Modification, where technology allows for “significant task redesign.”  The last stage and the goal of the SAMR model is Redefinition. In these two stages of the model, technology allows for “the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.” Just thinking about how better we can use technology to engage students in a more authentic way could allow for more impact for teaching and learning.

Walsh, K. (2015). 8 examples of transforming lessons through the SAMR cycle. EmergingEdTech.  Retrieved from https://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/04/examples-of-transforming-lessons-through-samr/

What is the SAMR model of technology?

SAMR Model Musings

Schrock, K. (2013, November 21, 2013). SAMR model musings. Retrieved from http://blog.kathyschrock.net/2013/11/sarm-model-musings.html

Kathy Shrock has an innovative method of explaining the SAMR Model. She states, “My feeling is this model supports teachers as they design, develop, and integrate digital learning experiences that utilize technology to transform learning experiences. Along the continuum, the student engagement becomes more of the focus and students are then able to advance their own learning in a transformational manner.” Each part of the SAMR model is explained in detail and has pictures to further elucidate the model.