One of the best tools for thinking about technology integration is the SAMR model. Sound like a weird acronym? Don’t let that fool you. It’s a great lens for thinking about using technology to support your teaching.
When we begin using technology, most of what we do tends to fall in the substitution or augmentation section. We use an online flashcard program instead of paper ones.
As we become more comfortable with integrating technology into our classrooms, we become more nimble at moving into the modification and redefinition phases. A student who connects directly with a researcher in the field as opposed to only reading from a textbook or online article is an example of redefining what’s possible as a result of technology.
Want more? Here’s an excellent site on the SAMR model.