Digital Integration in the Classroom
Linked to this page are inquiry based project ideas in how teachers can engage students in learning that encourages communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking. The projects ideas that are highlighted in this website are meant to encourage meaningful use of technology, not just technology for the sake of technology. Anytime educators wish to integrate technology it should always be through the critical lens considering the question, How will technology extend learning so that students are exploring higher levels of thinking? It is for this reason that I encourage teachers to explore the SAMR Model developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, when developing lessons or units that integrate technology. The SAMR models provides a structure for teachers to follow when designing or developing learning opportunities which utilize technology. You can access Dr. Ruben Puentedura's blog and all his presentations and resources, to learn more about the SAMR model and connections to student success and digital integration in the classroom.
In her website, Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything, Kathy Schrock explores the SAMR model and it's connections to Bloom's Taxonomy. She also has excellent models which clearly explain the connection between the SAMR Model and connections to Bloom's Taxonomy of higher-order cognitive skills. Teachers may download any of her models for classroom use from her website.
The following SAMR Infograph explores how Microsoft has tools to take learning through the different levels of Digital Integration. See how you can use Office Mix, Sway, OneNote, OneDrive and OfficeApps to take learning from Substitution to Augmentation to Modification to Redefinition!