SAMR as Coffee

In the ed tech world, we use the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) to describe the integration of technology into the classroom. It uses big words, and can be kind of confusing. Thankfully, Jonathan Brubacker created this very cool graphic that sums it up handily. He uses a coffee metaphor, implying that the simplest way to integrate technology (substitution) is the equivalent of buying a plain cup of coffee from Starbucks rather than brewing at home. As the integration becomes more complex, the coffee drink does too, so that it is no longer the simple cup of coffee you make at home, but instead a complete redefinition of caffeinated drinks.

SAMR Coffee

Next time you’re thinking about adding technology to your classroom, think about SAMR. Are you just substituting one task with another? Or are you using technology as a tool to allow for innovation and creativity that wouldn’t otherwise be possible?


EdTech Cheat Sheet

I discovered this treasure thanks to my PLN (Professional Learning Network). I follow ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) on Facebook, and they post some really great content.

There are a lot of EdTech (educational technology) buzzwords that float around. Many of them describe similar or overlapping concepts, and it’s hard to keep up! Thankfully, there is now a cheat sheet to clarify it all!

EdTech Cheat Sheet

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

The EduBlog Awards

If you are curious about the latest and greatest in education blogs, look no further than the recently-announced winners in the EduBlog Awards. This is a comprehensive list of the best of the best, in categories like Best Teacher Blog, Best Free Web Tool, Best Open PD/Webinar Series, and Best Educational Wiki. It’s a great place to find resources and inspiration!