This post is the second part to this post.
Through my COETAIL course, I was introduced to the SAMR and TPACK frameworks of Technology Integration.
SAMR is a framework developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura which looks at the use of technology on a spectrum of enhancement to transformation. This aligned most closely to my previous understanding of technology integration in that the idea of “Layering” falls somewhere in “Enhancement” are and “Meaningful / Purposeful Integration” fits into “Transformation.”
In comparison to the SAMR model that looks at how technology is used in teaching, the TPACK model looks at the teachers’ knowledge in three areas (pedagogy, content, and technology) so that they can successfully use technology in their teaching.
Looking at these two frameworks made me reconsider my definition and understanding of what successful technology integration should look like or strive to be. These two frameworks should be looked at in conjunction with one another to be used to its full potential.
Some ideas and questions that I need to continuously pose to myself based on these two frameworks:
- Why am I using the particular tech here?
- Is the tech necessary for this learning experience?
- Would the students’ engagement look similar without the tech?
- Striving to hit Transformation with all that I do is probably unrealistic. Baby Steps.
- Enhancement is a necessity at times.
- What areas do I need further growth in?
- Do I have the knowledge necessary in a particular area to teach it?
- If not, do I have the means to get it?
- Can it be learned with the students?
- How are my understandings all coming together to make me a more successful teacher?
Seems like I need to go beyond “Am I layering or not?”