Developing eLearning skills

5 Jan

Technology is an immense tool that can transform the way students learn. My eLearning skills are those that I wish to develop this year. Not so much one particular tool but more the way I approach these tools and how they complement the way I teach. One of my favourite quotes which demonstrates this comes from Steve Jobs:

“What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.“

To me, this quote best illustrates the potential impact technology can have on learning. However for this impact to be felt, technology needs to be used effectively. To help with that, there are various models available, one of which is the Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition Model (SAMR for short)

samr_model

The SAMR Model (above) was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. It enables educators to analyze how effective their use of technology is on teaching and learning. The model ranges from Substitution to Redefinition and the supposed impact on learning at the higher levels is greater. It can also be broken down further into two main categories, Enhancement and Transformation:

– Enhancement (Substitution and Augmentation) – technology is used just to enhance a task

– Transformation (Modification and Redefinition) – tasks are designed in a way which would not be possible without the use of technology

I see so many teachers using eTools successfully in the classroom but many are just tapping the surface by only getting as far as substitution. In a later blog I discuss this further. For the time being my skill to be developed this year is to go deeper into this model.

What skill do you want to develop this year

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