It was designed by Dr Ruben Puentedurain around 2006 to help teachers integrate the use of technology into their practice and transform the learning of their students. It sees the use of digital technology as a continuum – starting with using iPads to “Enhance” what we do now to” Transforming” our practice, enabling us to do things we could have never imagined before.
Here is an example of how it might work:
Like any tool, the power in this model is how it helps us create the best possible learning opportunities for our students. That means the first question is “what do I want my students to learn?” Then we can use the SAMR model to help us decide what app we can use to support our goal. Are we just substituting (and I think that’s not a bad place to begin the journey) or can we see ways to level up and truly redefine learning?
If you would like more detailed information – try “Ruben R. Puentedura’s Weblog – Ongoing thoughts on education and technology” at Hippasus