SAMR Model of Technology Integration

As we look more closely at the multitude of ways we are integrating technology into our classroom programs, we need to remained focused on our goal: integrate technology as a means to improve student achievement and develop 21st Century Competencies (outcomes for students). And using the SAMR model is one way to we can ensure we achieve that goal.

SAMR was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentadura as a model for integrating technology into teaching and learning.  The “model aims to enable teachers to design, develop and integrate digital learning experiences that utilize technology to transform learning experiences that lead to high levels of achievement for students.” (

I have compiled some different infographics, videos, and a prezi to help you learn more about SAMR. After adopting this model myself, I have had to rethink teaching and learning in my own classroom. I want my students using technology to redefine their learning in ways that inspire them be creative. How does the SAMR model define technology integration in your classroom?


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  1. Thanks Leigh for this post. I have been reading about the SAMR model lately as well and using it to reflect in my own classroom. I try to remind myself when I am planning to use technology to push the students to create and evaluate and not just to substitute pen and paper.

    I tried to brainstorm what I am doing now and where it fits in:

    1. Substitution:
    2. Augmentation:
    3. Modification
    My students post all their writing and learning to their blogs to share with their peers. We are beginning to comment and give each other positive feedback to reflect and improve on our learning.
    4. Redefinition
    My students are creating problem solving videos using Explain Everything and inputting the math strategy of their choice from Dropbox (i.e. ten frames, number lines). They then post these to their blogs and can share and reflect on their match strategies with their peers.
    They are beginning to use Explain Everything for a variety of tasks during Daily 5 (many the students have began coming up with on their own)! Some of these ideas include:
    -creating their own eBooks by taking pictures of a book, recording themselves reading it, and then posting to their blog.
    – retelling a story they have written by taking pictures and recording their voices retelling a story. Then posting to share with others on their blog.
    – Creating their own writing, embedding pictures from the web or the camera roll, recording their writing, and posting to their blogs to share.

    By posting all our work online to our blogs, we can go back and reflect on our work individually or as a class. For example, in the math problem I posted she answer the question correctly and showed her thinking, but wrote the wrong operation. From this we had a classroom discussion about math operation, word tags that match each operation, and what they “mean”. Our mini-lesson was driven by student work.

    Thanks for this post Leigh! Great information for us to use to reflect on!


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