November 15-21

Now that you have considered your own pedagogies, this week, we will look at examples of technologies used in online and blended courses and the characteristics that make them effective. MOOCers will also create or re-create an assignment for an online course using a new technology tool. One of the goals of technology integration should be to move from using technology as an enhancement to using it as an integral and transformative force. The SAMR Model of Technology Integration is a useful continuum that allows us to think about the purpose that technology plays in our units of study.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the levels of technology integration identified in the SAMR Model.
  • Create or re-create an assignment for an online course that uses characteristics of effective technology integration.

What To Explore

  1. The SAMR Model and levels of technology application.
  2. Considerations for using technology.
  3. Examples of technology use in a course and identify the characteristics that make them effective. Share with each other through twitter, blogs, and the Sharing page.
  4. Complete Activity 2.


What is the SAMR Model?

Introduction to the SAMR Model

SAMR Questions and Transitions


In-depth views of the SAMR model

Other examples and references relating to the SAMR model


Revised Bloom's Taxonomy, Rigor and Relevance Framework and Application levels. Source for Framework and Supporting Information: Moving from standards to instructional practice Willard R Daggett. National Association of Secondary School Principals. NASSP Bulletin Reston:Dec 2000. Vol. 84, Iss. 620, p. 66-72 (7 pp.). For a thorough explanation of the thought behind this chart and framework mash-up, please see Blending Rigor & Relevance with SAMR and P21by Miguel Guhlin


What makes for effective technology choices?

Read these excellent posts by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano regaring moving through the SAMR model and it's alignment with with November Learning's concept of Automating vs. Informating to transform teaching and learning.
A Timeline: Tool Set – Skill Set – Mind Set
See especially the visual using the SAMR model that examples to illustrate what tasks are considered in the substitution/augmentation/modification/redefinition stages.


Jonassen, D. et. al. Meaningful Learning with Technology. 2011
Haythornthwaite, C. and Andrews, R. E-Learning Theory and Practice. 2011



  • How Can I Use e-Books with the SAMR Model?Diane Brook shows how she applies the SAMR model to digital books, including substitution using an iPad app, Haiku Deck, to create a set of visual images telling the story with words and images.
  • SAMR applied to Geography
  • SAMR applied to Biology
  • Susan Fisher created two inspired, gamified, differentiated and project based online classroom game sites using Wix and Evoke. Their central themes are; food security, energy, water security,disaster relief, poverty. pandemic. education,global conflict, and human rights. Collabornation collabornation.PNG

Music Education with Technology


Activity 2

Create or re-create an assignment for an online course using a new technology tool. Consider the pedagogical models discovered in Week 1 as well as the aspects of technology integration identified during the webinar with Brian Mull and in the SAMR model. Participants will share their artifacts in Week 3. Here are the resources mentioned previously to help you find technologies for learning: