SAMR and TPACK – Assessing our Use of Technology in the Classroom

Chris Hadfield says that “If anything can go wrong with technology it absolutely will”  Probably not his most notable quote, but the quote I use most often.  Another one of my favourites I found on Facebook- “I’m just a girl, with an interactive white board…willing it to work”  I’m sure that we could blog endlessly about our struggles with technology.  However “What we focus our attention on is what gains momentum”.  So let’s focus our attention on how we can transform learning through the use of technology.  

The SAMR model was designed by Dr. Ruben Puenteura. This model can help us assess the effectiveness of the technology and question why we might be using it.  After all, if the task can be completed using paper and pencil why put it on the interactive white board?

The TPACK model stands for Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge.  This model looks for the intersectionality of the three frames to enhance student learning.

“Technology will never replace teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational”- George Couros  

How do we engage students in the world?  How do we involve our students in real life problem solving?  How do we give students agency to change the world?  These are just a few of the questions that have guided my use of technology in schools?  What are some of the questions that guide the implementation of technology in your school community?

Gianna Helling
Student Achievement Officer

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