SAMR: From Substitution to Modification/Redefinition Meet Jon. He is a Social Studies teacher at Bertie (pronounced Bert-Tee) Early College High School in Windsor, North Carolina. He's a consistent tech infuser, who was chosen to go with a group of us to the NCTIES conference just last month. He came away with some wonderful notes and … Continue reading Modeling The Power of Blogging
Morning folks! I'm at NCTIES (Technology Conference) in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. I am proud to be attending a session facilitated by none other than THE Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) who writes the Free Technology for Teachers Blog. Seriously...he's the guru of tech tools! I am a WordPress junkie, but I am open to Blogger.com for … Continue reading Selling Teachers on Blogging: Back to the Drawing Board
As Abraham Maslow (The Psychology of Science, 1966) stated: "I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." When our children come to us for learning, rather than hammer them all, we've got to find the appropriate tools for each individual, thus offering … Continue reading How to Nail Blended Learning
Students at Bertie Early College High School are reluctantly taking the plunge into the blogosphere. We're also asking a few to ditch the old spiral pads and create digital notebooks. Among them are a few kids who can see the benefits of it, and are excited about what it means for their writing. I feel a bit like a dentist in some cases, but there's one young lady who is embracing the idea.
In short, I was using the technology (so 20th century), but I failed miserably at infusing it (21st century). If we are all honest with ourselves, what would we say about tech in our classrooms? Is it enhancing the quality of student learning outcomes, or does it appease the masses who pass by and see the technology in use and assume that we're getting the job done?
For this lesson, we're going to take it up one level from the Substitution Level to the Augmentation Level of the SAMR model by using the Backchannel discussion strategy.