I recently had the privilege of working with teachers and assistants at a local school here in Two Rocks as part of an ongoing professional development plan for 2014.

The staff were about to begin their learning journey with the SAMR model and their new 60+ iPads (which had arrived but weren’t ready for deployment unfortunately).  Between my training iPads & a few BYO devices we were able to have enough devices for one between two with the apps we’d be exploring for the first session.

Dr Reuben Puentedura’s SAMR model was introduced using this very short but explicit video SAMR in 120 seconds.

After discussing examples of technology integration tasks and where they fit into the SAMR model, 6 versatile iPad apps were introduced along with a “sandpit” time for playing/experimenting with the apps took place. I’m always blown away by the ideas that people come up with for ways to use various apps in the classroom. The twist was to name where on the SAMR model, that task would go. When beginning a learning journey using SAMR, I find that this is the most difficult thing to do, but keeping the end learning outcome of the task in mind, helps.

A few days after the PD session, I took part in a Google Hangout shared by Silvia Tolisano and some of her colleagues regarding SAMR – it was most timely, and I highly recommend that you set aside some time to watch the recording of this hangout – especially if you or your school have an interest in SAMR and how it fits with authentic, purposeful and meaningful technology integration in any subject area.

Below is the presentation framework I used for the pd session. You’ll see the apps that were introduced. They were specifically chosen (as opposed to randomly chosen) for their flexibility within the SAMR model. We wanted apps that would generate excitement for first time users of the iPads in the classroom but with enough rigor to encourage tasks/use that fit along the SAMR continuum.