With devices so small and so powerful, there are almost limitless ways technology can ben used in the classroom on a daily basis.  Students are getting more adept at using technology to help them learn; through research tools like online databases and focused searches, collaboration tools like Google Docs, and viewing a plethora of high quality videos, webinars, and screencasts about any topic one can think of.

Teachers are also latching on to available technology and using it in a variety of ways to complement, supplement, and enhance their teaching as well as traditional resources in the classroom like textbooks.  Depending on the comfort level of the teacher, their students, and the availability of technology and the support of administration, the use of technology as a component of 21st Century schooling varies widely.

We are quite fortunate in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District to have plentiful access to technology in the classroom, from SMART Boards, computers, and a limited amount of iPads at the elementary level, to 1:1 technology in the middle and high schools, complemented with Apple TV’s, document cameras, and other technology in the classroom, as well as the support of administration, the school committee, and the community at large.  As technology use in our schools has increased, our teachers and students have absolutely become more adept at using it effectively.  But, how can we be sure of this, and what tools are available to help us assess our current status and where to go from here?

The SAMR Model

As technology became more widely personalized and available in schools throughout the 2000s, a model of effective technology use came into existence called the SAMR Model.

SAMR is a model designed to help educators infuse technology into teaching and learning. Developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, the model supports and enables teachers to design, develop, and infuse digital learning experiences that utilize technology. The goal is to transform learning experiences so they result in higher levels of achievement for students. – http://www.schrockguide.net/samr.html

SAMR is an anacronym for:

  • S – Substitution
  • A – Augmentation
  • M – Modification
  • R – Redefinition

The 2-minute video above does a great job at explaining what each of the four levels of the SAMR model is and how in might look in your classroom.



Another great resource to help see the SAMR Model in action is

Periodic Table of SAMR

SAMR + Blooms Taxomony = 🙂

Of course, even with SAMR as a way to guide effective use of technology in the classroom, the end goal is not just to use technology effectively, but to ensure that students educational experience is elevated and that they are having enriching and inspiring engagement in the content.



By equating the various stages of the SAMR model with Bloom’s Taxonomy, we as teachers can gain a better understanding at how using technology in the “MR” range of SAMR can help raise students into the upper levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, where students are honing their skills of analysis, evaluation, and creativity.

Embed This: http://fcit.usf.edu/matrix/download/tim_table_of_summary_indicators.pdf

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