Thursday, November 6, 2014

SMAR -- A method to engage students with technology

The 2014-15 school year is well underway!   And for many, the classrooms are filled with all sorts of gear: Chromebooks, iPads, & Smartphones (along with other BYOD)...

BUT the gear alone, will not change instruction in the classroom...it will not necessarily impact teaching and learning.  Dr. Ruben Puentedura has developed a method of seeing how technologies might impact our students.

Here is a great website that will help you understand how the method works:
https://sites.google.com/a/msad60.org/technology-is-learning/samr-model



The important thing here is this:  Many classrooms get stuck at the SUBSTITUTION level.  That is to say that we often simply convert a paper worksheet(#analog) into a Google Form (#digital).  Many never get past the "let's let tech perform the same tasks we always did on paper" hurdle...

Technology in the classroom is about creating opportunities! Opportunities for collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking...  It is not about giving students an alternative to taking notes or demonstrating how much they can rememberize!  It's about getting off of low level Bloom's Taxonomy and getting to a place where the technology becomes a tool that students use to explore subjects in ways that cannot be replicated in any #analog manner & then creating solutions (e.g. apps, webpages, presentations, answers) that have NOT existed before...

I encourage teachers and administrators to review the method and Blog of Dr. Puentedura: http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/ to help them make their classroom technology a more powerful tool for student engagement!