How Do YOU Classify for EdTech Use?

Four elementary students sitting together and listening to a teacher

Technology has become such an important piece to our classroom lesson plan development and design. As you begin thinking about how to incorporate iPads, tablets, Chromebooks, or whatever device you might have available, how do you determine if your device will replace an already developed idea, or enhance your students’ experience by creating a new task that was previously inconceivable.

Developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, the SAMR Model — which stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition — is a way to classify how technology impacts teaching and learning. There are four levels of use:

S: Substitution – At this level, teachers use instructional technology to perform the same tasks that were completed prior to the introduction of instructional technology; there is no functional or fundamental change in teaching and learning.

A: Augmentation – Here, technology is used as a substitute for non-technological methods as in the substitution level; however, the technology has more functionality than at the “s” level.

M: Modification – Here, technology is used to redesign new parts of the learning task: digital instructional technology is necessary to facilitate the types of instruction and learning that take place.

R: Redefinition – Which means digital instructional technology is used to create new tasks. It is at this level that we see fundamental changes in instructional tactics.

SAMR Model


Have you thought about your technology integration in this way? What lesson plans have worked in your classroom, and which ones have not? Let’s begin a conversation about the good, the bad, and the ugly in regards to technology integration in our classrooms!