Introduction to the SAMR Model

The SAMR Model was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura as a way for teachers to evaluate how they are incorporating technology into their practice. This video on Common Sense Media gives a good overview of the model. SAMR stands for substation, augmentation, modification, and redefinition.  If you attended the workshop but did not receive a handout, click here for a PDF of the wheel poster that incorporates the SAMR Model.


In our session today, we looked at (and explored) several digital technologies through the SAMR lens. As you select digital technologies for use in your own classroom, remember to apply SAMR.

Apps we explored today:

  • Student Response Systems – we tried Kahoot and looked at polleverywhere (which allows text message response as well as online) and Socrative (allowing individual student accounts). Remember the ‘issues’ around anonymity – you can harness the value but need to be aware of the risks… The other system that incorporates student code cards that I mentioned is called Quiz Socket – I’ll be making a set of cards and testing this one out over the next couple of weeks (so please check back!)
  • a cloud based, cross-compatible space for brainstorming… you can even moderate student responses (using the settings wheel) and adjust the privacy of your wall. Valuable for group brainstorms where you’re asking students to consider the responses of others. Helps in co-constructing kn0wledge.
  • 32 Interesting Ways to use Padlet in the Classroom
  • Concept mapping is a valuable way for students to connect learning – co-construct visual CMaps using Popplet.

Here is a link to the promised google doc with ‘subject specific’ online applications, simulations, games etc to support learning – again, as you select, evaluate using SAMR! NB: I will be adding to this list in consideration of our discussion and the subject areas ‘identified’ in our workshop over the next few days!

As always, please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions, comments or requests!

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