Slaughter's Tech Moment
SAMR: A theory for Integration
To be Innovative, you have to let go!
"It's easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date."
— Roger von Oech
SAMR in the Classroom
Best Technology integration happens when teachers link Bloom's Taxonomy with the SAMR Model. The video explains what the SAMR model means, but the best advice is to climb up and down the ladder. Staying too long on one rung of the ladder will lead to exhaustion from both the teacher and students. Just like Bloom's Taxonomy, every level plays its part in the overall education of the student.
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Learning Goals must remain the center of attention!
What do I want them to know?
How did I teach this content before?
How did I assess this content before?
What seemed to work and what could have been better?
How could technology be used to improve the lesson or assessment?
How could technology be used in this lesson to help my students with the 5 C's?
- Communication (sharing thoughts, questions, and ideas in an intellectual way)
- Collaboration (working together to meet a goal)
- Creativity (Innovation, trying new things or presenting in a new way)
- Critical Thinking (Problem Solving)
- Connection ( with each other and with previous material)
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Advice for Making It Happen in the CLassroom
- Change your perspective toward technology. Try to see it as a chance for you to improve instruction and not a burden or one more thing to include. Attitude is more than half the battle!
- Before introducing a new tool to your class, go through the process from beginning to end in your classroom environment. By doing this, you will catch snags in the process and prevent many pitfalls in the activity.
- Make sure you start small and progressively add harder tasks. Help your students build on projects, stretching their thinking as they go.
- Reminder: It is okay for students to be doing different projects. Approach each child with the idea of improving the learning not their understanding of the technology. Some students may be using advanced technology while others will be using more basic programs. Work them up to more advanced technology.
- Teach your students to be problem solvers and the art of resilience by changing your attitude toward a hiccup in the technology usage. Let students actively help you solve an issue. The classroom environment transforms from the problem being a disruption to a team building exercise.
- Consider allowing students to have a genius hour each week. Genius Hour can be a time where students can focus on a topic that interests them. This allows application of skills they have been working on as a whole picture rather than the lesson parts we have to cover. You can build research, writing, and critical thinking skills.