Instructional design basics through SAMR

Instructional design basics through SAMR

When I first started integrating technology, I would try to find the latest technology and resources and bring it to my classroom. This sometimes left me frustrated and scrambling to figure out where to fit it in. Over time, I learned that I have to figure out what my needs are, then match the technology to make it feel like it is a part of the lesson, not an extra. (Don’t get me wrong, I still love to try out a lot of different and new tech. I pilot them with a few students who come to me for extra help during lunch, then I figure how it could fit in my day).

Integrating technology should be seamless. It should not be a burden to keep up with the latest and greatest. In my MAEdT program, I learned about instructional design and the method of SAMR (Substitution, augmentation, modification, redefinition). This is a method of how to integrate technology through ease-of-use, starting with simple substitution. I’ll use documents as my example. Substituting is using technology to replace material through technology, to just print something out and make a copy. Augmentation is moving to digital tools, such as a word document or PowerPoint. Modification is when you use tools that collaborate online, share documents, add audio and vide files. Finally, redefinition involves tasks that would not be possible without technology, like Skyping with a class in another country and collaborating in real time on a shared document.

Getting comfortable with substitution gave me confidence to get to redefinition. Start small, buildup your digital toolkit, then innovate your classroom.

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