Substitution is Not a Bad Thing: Thoughts on the SAMR Model


Give me a chance to begin by saying that I am a devotee of the SAMR display. I think SAMR can help instructors consider approaches to utilize innovation to give connecting with and significant learning encounters for understudies. (On the off chance that SAMR is unfamiliar to you, you might need to peruse this and this.)

In spite of the fact that I see an incentive in SAMR as a system, I think we are heading down a hazardous way by putting excessively accentuation on the levels. Of late, I have heard numerous instructors pronounce that educators ought not utilize innovation as a substitute. They say that all instructors ought to progress in the direction of redefinition, constantly, and that there's no place for substitution in the classroom. I contend that there is a period and place for all levels of SAMR in the classroom, and that awesome instructors know when and why.

The really incredible instructors move smoothly among all levels of the SAMR show, settling on decisions about innovation use subsequent to settling on decisions about understudies' adapting needs. These educators comprehend that the utilization of a device is not what decides understudy engagement and learning. They additionally comprehend that innovation is not generally viable/proper for all learning results.

I every now and again utilize my iPad as a mini-computer, my iPhone to tune in to music, and my PC to take notes. So also, understudies regularly utilize apparatuses in these ways, substituting the device for another method for doing the errand. Is that a terrible thing?

In the event that understudies utilize an iPad as a number cruncher, does that mean they aren't contemplating math in complex ways? In no way, shape or form. These understudies could utilize the mini-computer application to tackle significant and muddled math issues.

On the off chance that understudies utilize a PC to take notes, does that mean they aren't considering the substance in profound and specifically meaning ways? In no way, shape or form. These understudies could react to mindful and complex inquiries postured by the educator or their associates.

A valid example:

A previous partner and companion of mine, Brooke Simpson, is the most extraordinary math educator I have ever watched. While Brooke is adroit at innovation use in the classroom, her exceptionality lies not in her utilization of innovation but rather in the ways she motivates understudies to contemplate math. In Brooke's classroom, her understudies don't simply do math, they comprehend math. From the principal day of school, Brooke has her understudies contemplating math in ways that are more perplexing than numerous grown-ups get it.

On various events, Brooke's understudies would utilize the Magnetic Alphabet application as a substitution for number tiles. Brooke would choose a mystery number and give signs to help understudies make sense of the mystery number. Ahead of schedule in the year, these signs might be basic, for example, "My number is between the quantity of days in an end of the week and the quantity of days in seven days." Later in the year, her pieces of information would be more mind boggling, for example, "My number is a variable of 12 and a numerous of 3." Although Brooke's understudies utilized the Magnetic Alphabet application as an immediate substitute for number tiles, they were contemplating arithmetic in refined ways.

If you somehow happened to expel all innovation from Brooke's classroom, she would remain an ace educator. I could give numerous more cases (as I'm certain you could) of ace instructors who develop an adoration for learning in their understudies and effect understudy development in significant courses with or without innovation.

In the event that innovation is not what has the effect, then what is it? It's the instructor. It's dependably been the instructor. Ace instructors are those we recall years after the fact, the ones who imparted in us an energy to take in, the ones who gave us aptitudes that opened new entryways in our lives, the ones who knew us and helped us know ourselves.

How about we quit coercing educators into feeling terrible for utilizing innovation as a substitute for customary assignments. Ace instructors connect with their understudies and encourage a profundity of speculation with whatever devices they have accessible, and what regularly separates these educators is their comprehension of when innovation is proper/powerful and when it is most certainly not.

As we keep on engaging in discussions about innovation, we should keep our attention on what's truly imperative. We have to discover approaches to fabricate limit in all educators with the goal that they can all be Brooke Simpsons and the other uncommon instructors we have known. Without a doubt, innovation proficient improvement can be something worth being thankful for. In any case, we should not disregard proficient learning encounters that can help educators figure out how to ask keen inquiries, outline significant and bona fide appraisals, and be receptive to their understudies' needs.

Furthermore, if it's not too much trouble would we be able to quit bashing instructors for utilizing innovation as a substitute? Concentrate on the learning rather than the apparatus, and afterward you'll at long last have the capacity to perceive what re-imagined understudy realizing resembles.

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