SAMR for Administrators Working Your Way Through the Ladder

We are in year three of a 1 to 1 iPad implementation program in our school district.  One of our goals in year three was to provide PD for the administration and staff about the SAMR model.  In December the Assistant Superintendent and I created a course in iTunes U called SAMR for administrators.  It is not public in iTunes University but if you would like to join the course just contact me and I can provide the link to the private course.

Model the Rungs of the SAMR ladder for the administrators 

Usable SAMR post

Example of a Substitution Activity for Admins

In order to model the substitution level for the administrators we placed a slide deck presentation into the iTunes U course as well as a serious of links to other SAMR resources and we had the participants go on a SAMR scavenger hunt.  Then we had them take notes in iTunes U about what aspects stood out to them.  This was modeling for them that using the iPad to take notes was an example of the substitution level of the SAMR model.  This way if they are doing an observation and they see that a teacher is only using the iPads to have the students take notes, they can have a conversation with the teacher about other ways that the device can be linked to student learning.

Example of an Augmentation Activity for Admins

In order to model augmentation we created a group in Edmodo that we linked to the iTunes Course.  Then we posed two different discussion questions in Edmodo and they responded to the discussion thread.  One the questions posed was:  is what we are doing in Edmodo right now an example of augmentation?  It was nice because we met as a PLC yesterday but the meeting was enriched by the conversations that we had already had in the Edmodo thread prior to the PLC meeting.  It was a great example of a flipped classroom and it showed the administrators how much students engaging in an interactive conversation can augment learning tasks.  One participant provided an example of a teacher doing a an augmentation of a Socratic Seminar by having the students communicate ahead of time in Todays Meet.

Coming Attractions…

In the upcoming weeks we will add to the course and provide tasks for the modification and redefinition levels of the SAMR ladder.  In will write additional posts as the course and the PLC evolve.  Perhaps you use this work with administration in your own learning environment.


4 thoughts on “SAMR for Administrators Working Your Way Through the Ladder”

  1. We are in our second year of 1:1, and as a school we have been informally working on understanding how SAMR concepts can help teachers elevate learning experiences for students. We have used a couple of development days to look for concrete ways teachers can incorporate technology in meaningful ways through the SAMR model. It is critical to change our perceptions about how students learn in order for 1:1 technology to enhance student learning. Pedagogy must change to effectively support increased access to technology.

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