As we continue to transform our teaching and learning practices, it is critical to ask ourselves, our we moving from traditional to 21st Century as we progress through the SAMR model.
The Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition Model offers a method of seeing how technology might impact teaching and learning. It also shows a progression that adopters of educational technology often follow as they progress through teaching and learning with technology.
While one might argue over whether an activity can be defined as one level or another, the important concept to grasp here is the level of student engagement. One might well measure progression along these levels by looking at who is asking the important questions. As one moves along the continuum, computer technology becomes more important in the classroom but at the same time becomes more invisibly woven into the demands of good teaching and learning.
Education is going through a Cultural Shift. Educators are moving to a role of facilitator and coach and further away from the front of the classroom. It is essential that we have content experts to assist students in this new environment of learning and it is even more critical that our focus has a heavy emphasis on the 21st century skills of Collaboration, Critical Thinking / Problem Solving, Communication, Creativity and Citizenship.
Educators are continually looking for ways to use 21st century "tools" from the Internet to improve their own technology skills and learn ways to integrate technology into classroom practice. Below you will find a collection of resources to assist you with this process.
Professional Development Resources
21 Things for 21st century learners