Thinking differently

Consider asking the question differently…instead of looking for technologies that “do” something, see how the technologies available enhance the learning process.

Unpacking this concept further, if we use the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition) and review the learning technologies we are using, where do they sit – from a pedagogical aspect as well as a user engagement perspective. Ensure that the technologies you are using are not just a Substitution for busy work or purely for engagement/entertainment.

On the other hand, if you are enabling the technologies that are available to support and enhance learning, you are (potentially) less likely to remain  in the Substitution level of this model and move more towards Redefinition. Being less specific about which app to use or less prescriptive about how students collect, rearrange and present their data and transferring choice to the students, the focus remains on the learning and moves away from the software.

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