While there has been a bit of question as to the effectiveness of SAMR, a shift to move beyond SAMR, and a few proposed changes to the structure of the model floating around online, I have to say that hearing Dr. Ruben Puentedura (you may know him as the father of SAMR) speak at iPad Summit a few weeks ago still felt like a rare app-ortunity and a truly inspiring treat. As I am still collecting my thoughts and ideas from the event, I wanted to share some really great resources from the Dr. SAMR.
However, before I begin… I wanted to provide an easily relatable graphic for those of you new to the SAMR model.
Now that we are speaking a similar language and have polished off our first glass of SAMR koolaid, I will move on to share some of my favorite highlights from Dr. Ruben…
“Of Lively Sketchbooks and Curiosity Ampliﬁers”: His first session was actually a keynote and entitled “Of Lively Sketchbooks and Curiosity Ampliﬁers” and the entire slide presentation (linked with apps shared) is available in PDF form HERE. I enjoyed his take on the very nature and potential of the iPad being intimate, ubiquitous, embedded, and a curiosity amplifier. He shared lots of thoughtful scenarios and examples for each level of SAMR within that scenario.
“The iPad in Practice: Designing Flows and Ladders for the Classroom”: I was so intrigued and enamored by his keynote that I stayed for his follow-up session entitled “The iPad in Practice: Designing Flows and Ladders for the Classroom” (which offered lots of additional practical examples) and is available in PDF form HERE. (Clearly, I was not the only Ruben groupie at the event).
EdTech Quintet: His second session went in to more detail on the EdTech Quintet. Essentially the types of apps and tools that we use today existed in some for or format as early as 200,000 years ago:
Ruben went in to greater detail on the background of each of these categories and how they still apply to the apps we use today. He also provided app examples for each category within his presentation linked above.
He speaks more in depth on this topic below:
SAMR Flows: Additionally, Dr. Ruben provided SAMR flows for a variety of content categories. His English Language Arts and History examples were two of my favorites. I felt these provided more of a practical application of the model. All of these examples and flows are provided in PDF form HERE.
SAMR Swimming Pool: If you are not too SAMR’d out by the end of this post, check out Carl Hooker’s SAMR ladder model rei-magined as a “Swimming Pool” based on an idea by Greg Garner (@classroom_tech).
SAMR Pinterest: Put a pin in it – I think I am done… No… wait… there’s more. I happed upon a few more SAMR gems on Pinterest.
Sassy SAMR Toolkit: If that doesn’t whet your app-etite for SAMR or at least redefine what you think and know about SAMR, then you may want to sink your teeth in to the Sassy SAMR Toolkit at TCEA 2014 this year.
Blended SAMR: SAMR aside, as we break for the holidays, know that in this age of rapidly changing information, it is not to redefine ourselves to live by a model but truly to reflect upon our teaching practices and consider opportunities to redefine and transform instruction to best meet the needs of a diverse population of students with the tools we have available. So I offer this final SAMR model with a Blended App-roach.
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