Describe a lesson you have observed or taught that would be classified by Dr. Puentedura as “redefinition.” If you have never witnessed this type of lesson, describe a “modification” lesson. If you have not witnessed either, explain why you think this level of technology integration is not happening at your school. Feel free to share any resources for this lesson that would be useful to others.
Does Paul Swanson’s analysis of SAMR assist your own understanding about the role of technology?
What connections can you make to your Personal Inquiry for this course?
Technology integration can be a daunting concept for educators. However, Dr. Puentedura’s SAMR model is a great tool to help us understand how it can work.
Unfortunately, I have not taught a lesson where “redefinition” has occurred…at least I don’t think I have! However, lessons that show “modification” have occurred for me. One example is when I had my students video their climbing skills and reflect on them. They made connections to the learning targets, talked about their improvement and what they needed to work on, and also discussed the importance of route planning before climbing. They were asked to post this reflection on their blogs and also comment on their classmates’ blogs as well. This type of collaboration and reflection was a powerful way for students to understand their own progress and also appreciate the progress of others.
At SAS, I think that redefinition lessons are happening, but not frequently enough. For many, I think it feels daunting and confusing. Excitement is natural for trying new things, but when the trough of disillusionment occurs, we can become disheartened. So, when uncomfortable, we tend to fall back on old habits and what has “worked” for us in the past. However, if we are all fully aware of how to utilise technology in the classroom for more than just “substitute” purposes, we would feel much more comfortable trying to integrate tech into our lessons at the higher levels of the SAMR model.
Teacher Paul‘s analysis of the SAMR model helped me to better understand the concept. However, I do understand that technology should not simply be a substitute or alteration for something more traditional. Using technology to enhance teaching methods and student understanding should be the goals. Also, allowing students to be more in charge of their learning and rediscover their joy and passion should be the ultimate goal of using technology in schools. Actually, that should be the goal of education regardless of the technology or strategies used. Having students take ownership of their learning while utilising technology is something that interests me and is related to my own personal inquiry for this course.
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Teacherpaul.org. (2016). Rethinking SAMR – Teacher Paul. [online] Available at: http://www.teacherpaul.org/2889 [Accessed 22 Jun. 2017].