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Mar 31

Transforming the Future, Apple Event

Recently I spent two days with other educators from the county at an event hosted by Apple called Transforming the Future of Learning.  This event was designed to support districts that have recently started a 1:1 program and also those that are preparing to begin one.  We covered a bundle of content that we will definitely use to improve our own 1:1 program.  It was also insightful to talk with teams from other districts that share similar experiences to the implementation of our 1:1 pilot program this year, both positive and negative!

 

http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/archives/2011/10/28/SAMR_TPCK_In_Action.pdf

Much time was dedicated to the SAMR model developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura.  Dr. Puentedura was even there as a speaker to show us how we can use SAMR to transform learning with digital devices.  SAMR describes varying levels of technology integration.  It was designed to help teachers with technology integration in the classroom.  The initial level of technology use is Substitution, followed by Augmentation, Modification, and finally Redefinition.   Next year we will place more emphasis on this model to support teachers in our effort to provide deeper learning experiences for students using mobile devices.   The plan is to provide both training and instructional support for teachers as they develop lessons in the M and R categories!  Dr. Puentedura emphasized that a teacher’s goal should not be to have every lesson in the modification and redefinition category, but to strive to develop a few quality lessons that fall into this category each year – and each year build upon your bank of lesson ideas.  He said that realistically, after a 1:1 implementation, a school could expect to see lessons in the substitution and augmentation categories within the first year to a year and a half.  Teachers will then begin to tackle lessons on the modification level after about another year.  Finally, teachers will begin to take on lessons at the redesign level within the third year.

 

I was also interested to hear Dr. Puentedura discuss methods for professional development in the use of 1:1 devices and in working with the SAMR model.  Dr. Puentedura stated that it is beneficial for teachers to work together to develop lessons as a collaborative team.  We have always known that through collaboration we can achieve great results.  Next year I would love to help find time for teachers to plan together.  There is an interesting method for collaborative lesson planning that has been used in Japan for years called Lesson Study.  This model has also been successfully used in some schools throughout the United States.  I would love to try it in our schools, as it would provide professional development and a chance for teachers to develop stellar lesson plans together.

 

I love this metaphor of the SAMR model!

http://setonict.blogspot.com/2013/09/samr-model.html