Google Apps and the SAMR Framework Infographic

Google Apps and the SAMR Framework Infographic

Google Apps has made quality software accessible to everyone at little or no cost. In education, it provides educational institutions with cross-platform software that’s free and feature-rich. The best thing about Google Apps for Education is that it goes beyond a productivity suite and offers functionality that can actually transform learning. The Google Apps and the SAMR Framework Infographic presents how Substitution – Augmentation – Modification – Redefinition is made easy with Google Apps!

What is SAMR?

SAMR stands for “Substitution – Augmentation – Modification – Redefinition”. It is a framework for using technology to transform learning.

  • Substitution: Using new technology for an old task
  • Augmentation: Using additional new technology for an old task
  • Modification: Using new technology to change an old task
  • Redefinition: Using new technology to create new tasks
Why Google Apps?

Millions of students and educators around the world are using Google Apps for Education. Google Apps for Education can be used across different devices and operating systems. And it‘s free!

Example of SAMR in action using Google Apps

Original task: Write a report about a city using paper/pen/glue/scissors, etc, using books in the library for research.

Substitution: Use Google Docs and research on the Internet to create the report.

Augmentation: Use Google Docs and research on the Internet to create the report. Share the document with the class teacher.

Modification: Use Google Docs and research on the Internet to create the report. Share the document with the class teacher and other students. Students use the comments feature to provide peer feedback.

Redefinition: Use Google Hangouts to connect to a virtual tour of the city hosted by a class in the target city with a reciprocal arrangement. Questions and pictures are shared using Google +. Groups of students collaborate to create a reporting using their choice of Google Apps for Education solution, e.g., Doc, Slides, YouTube or Blogger. Report would include multimedia elements. Redefinition can help create more meaningful and student-centred learning experienced.

23 Roles of the 21st Century Teacher

The roles of educators have been radically changed. From the sage on the stage to the facilitator and coordinator, teachers have been at the center of a paradigmatic shift that flickers between two instructional environments: student-centered and teacher centered.

It is obvious now that the way instruction is delivered in classrooms is completely different from how it was done in the past. Part of this change is instigated by the massive uptake of digital media and its sweeping encroachment into every facet of our life. The increasing digitization of life have brought about some new learning habits that are more independent and self centered. It has also opened the gates of knowledge and provided unrestricted access to it .
This democratization of knowledge and the  ubiquity of connectivity played its part in changing the roles of teachers. Stephen Downes put forward in the mind map below some of the salient roles educators and teachers now assume in the 21st century education. Check them out below and as always share with us what you think of them.

Apple publish ‘For Education’ collection on the App Store

Apps, iBooks and iTunes U resources presented in one handy place.

'For Educators' collection in the App Store

Apple recently added a new section to their App Store called ‘For Educators‘. Here, teachers can find resources – apps, guides, iBooks and iTunes U courses which Apple recommends.

Tools for teachers

Book Creator can be found under the ‘Tools for Teachers‘ section, and also features in many of the ‘One Best Thing‘ books by Apple Distinguished Educators.

Tools for Teachers

Book Creator is consistently in the top 5 paid Book apps and Book Creator Free is among the top 20 free Education apps, so if anything we’d like to see Book Creator feature more in the new ‘For Educators’ section. Nevertheless, we know teachers will appreciate the guides for some of our favourite apps: Explain Everything, Puppet Pals HD, Sketchbook Express and Hopscotch.

And besides, teachers already have the excellent Book Creator Teacher Guide form Adam Foster, and another Book Creator guide was recently published by Tom Gootzen, which is available in Dutch and English.

Book Creator guides on the App Store