SAMR is not a ladder, a word of warning

I’m as guilty as the next person for singing the praises of Puentedura’s SAMR model. I’ve blogged about it many many times, it’s included in my book ‘Perfect ICT Every Lesson’ too. Quite rightly so I believe. The problem I have with it, and others find this problem too, is that it is seen as being a taxonomy, a ladder upon which to be climbed. Redefinition is seen as being the creativity to Blooms or the sharing of Vygotsky’s Zones of Proximal Development – the top rung of a difficult ladder to climb.

The problem for me is, like any tool, technology is only as good as the person using it. Redefinition makes it a very exclusive club and if you’re looking to support those people in your establishment that aren’t confident using technology, asking them to ensure they aim for redefinition at every step; chances are they won’t be too keen to use technology.

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