The thing I worry about most as we move into this digital age is that as educators we use the computer as an expensive notebook/textbook in the classroom! I know this is what worries me the most as I am preparing lessons. It is so easy to have kids open up the computer and use the lower levels of the SAMR model. As more is added to the job loads for teachers it will be easier to just rely on the basics since we don’t have time to plan for lessons that reach the higher levels of the SAMR Model.
I found a great model on the Emerging Tech website that is actually very helpful. The writers share not only a lesson but the lesson and how it would be taught at different levels within the SAMR model. There is also a video that is helpful. I keep finding these wonderful sites and feel like I understand the model, but without time to implement these ideas to make lessons that are reflective of the higher levels of the model I feel I will fall short. This isn’t acceptable, but I worry about it all of the time.
I would really appreciate ideas about how you are all using the SAMR model to drive instruction in all subject areas. What has worked and what hasn’t. Do you have any ideas that would help me in Science! Looking forward to great conversations!