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Activity 1: Let's start with SAMR

The SAMR Model provides teachers with a useful guide for designing classroom learning activities which focus on the learning, not the technology. It doesn't matter what stage you start at, so long as you try to experiment with ways to move up and explore the various levels. Depending on your teaching and learning purpose, students age, time allocation, and your personal preference, you could potentially work across all levels during a school year. But remember - SAMR is a guide, not a ladder!

SAMR was developed by Dr. Ruben Puetendura to guide teachers' technology integration into the classroom, standing for
  • S: Substitution.
  • A: Augmentation
  • M: Modification
  • R: Redefinition

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After watching the video on the SAMR model, turn to the person next to you, and discuss the following questions:

  1. How are you currently integrating iPads into your classroom teaching and learning experiences?
  2. Where would you place yourself in terms of the SAMR Model?
    • Are most of your activities focussed on Substitution and Augmentation?
    • Are you exploring the possibilities of Modification and Redefinition? What does this look like?
  3. During the 2015/2016 school year, which level would you like to explore further?


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Activity 2: Take an iPad Creative Challenge (1 hr)


In pairs or small groups, you will be taking on one of the following iPad Creative Challenges, and collaboratively working through the creative planning and production process you would use with your students. In terms of topics, you could choose to share your key takeaways from the ISTE conference, OR you could choose a topic or literacy focus from your curriculum plans for next year (e.g. creating persuasive texts with Adobe Voice).

By the end of the session, you will have an opportunity to share your creative product & learning with the group.

iPad Creative Challenges


Activity 3: Take the Challenge in Your Classroom!


Please take a moment to share your feedback and work products via this Padlet.

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to use one of these tools and activities in your classroom next school year, and share the results here!




Supporting Research


Beschorner, B. & Hutchison , A. (2013). iPads as a literacy teaching tool in early childhood. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, 1(1), 16-24. Retrieved from __http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED543276.pdf__

Department of Education and Training, Western Australia (2014). iPads for Education: Literacy and Numeracy Focus. Retrieved from __http://det.wa.edu.au/ipadsforeducation/detcms/navigation/literacy-and-numeracy-focus/?page=all__

Gleeson, M. (18/2/2012). iPads can’t improve learning without good teaching Pt 2 – Writing. Retrieved from __http://mgleeson.edublogs.org/2012/02/18/ipads-cant-improve-learning-without-good-teaching-pt-2__

Hutchison, A., Beschorner, B., & Schmidt-Crawford, D. (2012). Exploring the use of iPads for classroom literacy learning. The Reading Teacher, 66(1), 15–23. Retrieved from __https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwMFhFbIbXWbQVRyb2h5dm82YnM/edit__

Lane, J., (2012), TPACK iPad Project in Schools (TIPS): Phase 1. Australian Computers in Education Conference (ACEC) 2012: Refereed Conference Proceedings, 9, Perth, Australia. Retrieved from __http://www.matimtl.ca/files/documents/cirta_nouvelles/ACEC2012%20final%20pdf-1.pdf__

Langwitches, S. (3/11/2011). Step by Step - How to Create a Collaborative Class Ebook. Retrieved from __http://langwitches.org/blog/2011/11/03/step-by-step-how-to-create-a-collaborative-class-ebook/__

Parky, L. (January 2013). Using iMovie Trailers across the Curriculum. Retrieved from http://mrparkinsonict.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/using-imovie-trailers-across-curriculum.html?m=1