A Little Inspiration Along The Way

Last week I attended a short session with Dr Ruben Puentedura and Dr Damian Bebell. Apologies, my notes here are brief (I was feeling unwell). They certainly provided a little food for thought and inspiration.

Dr Puentedura looked at examples coupling the SAMR Model with Blooms Taxonomy and with Challenge Based Learning. It was easy to see how the SAMR Model fitted well with both. The basic premise is that some aspects of Blooms or CBL fit well with different levels of the SAMR Model – see below. 
Redefinition – Evaluating, Creating

Modification – Applying, Analysing, Evaluating

Augmentation – Understanding, Applying

Substitution – Remembering

(Note: Kathy Schrock also refers to this coupling of SAMR and Blooms ref: http://www.schrockguide.net/samr.html

I will explore the coupling of SAMR with Challenge Based Learning Model further. Dr Puentedura showed examples which explained how this would fit well with SAMR. (Ref re Challenge Based Learning – https://www.apple.com/au/education/docs/CBL_Classroom_Guide_Jan_2011.pdf

Dr Damian Bebell spoke extensively about the disconnect of traditional assessments and options around other forms of assessment. This is certainly something which educators need to consider as our classrooms and our teaching/learning models are changing. http://edtechteacher.org/using-research-data-to-define-measure-success-live-blog-of-dr-damian-bebell-at-lfl15/

Discussion: 

What is success?

How do you know if what you are doing is working?

He discussed that there are valid assessment tools which can measure creativity. 

In discussion we considered the importance of engagement, formative feedback, peer assessment.

One particularly useful assessment tool that Dr Bebell referenced was the use of drawings. I liked this idea it is relatively non invasive, and as he pointed out, can provide valid data and poignant feedback. He showed a range of examples e.g. Draw yourself learning in the classroom, draw yourself writing. In these examples we were able to quickly see what learning models might be occurring in a particular learning environment. In some research that Dr Bebell had conducted, using this method, it was interesting to note that in 1:1 device environments about 92% of students referenced using their device for writing while in a shared device environment over 70% referenced using pen and paper.

In our own circumstance we are encouraging teachers to seek feedback from students about their learning experience. Using pictures to provide feedback might be a way to help do this. 

Certainly exploring Dr Bebell’s work further may help to inform our own teaching/learning models.

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A Journey Filled With Connections

The last month has been filled with rich moments. I have travelled to Melbourne and Canberra and have participated in events locally too. This has really been a journey of connection. 
  
I attended the Association of Independent Schools ICT Conference in Canberra. This is a great opportunity to connect with educators from across Australia. There are also a wide range of vendors attending so it is a great chance to learn about current trends and to ask deeper questions about possibilities. There were some excellent speakers including Jeff Utecht, Dr Jane Hunter, Nas Campanella & Colin James. 

Two of the presenters Dr Jane Hunter and Nas Campanella were of particular interest to me.
Dr Jane Hunter is a teacher educator in the School of Education at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), Australia. She has received five teaching awards for Outstanding Contributions for Student Learning in universities and is now on an international team of educators providing Technology Enriched Instruction around the world. Her doctoral thesis developed a new model for technology integration in learning in schools; titled High Possibility Classrooms. 

Dr Hunter’s presentation sparked particular interest for a couple of reasons. I am very interested in evolving pedagogy and enabling teachers to open the learning opportunities through integration of technology. I am also interested in gauging improvement in non traditional, technology rich environments. 

I really enjoyed listening to her ideas and in a subsequent workshop there was some great discussion. I am looking forward to reading her book which I hope will further inform our own vision. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138781337/

A later discussion with her via Twitter regarding The SAMR Model resulted in a wide exploration re TPACK, SAMR and RAT. This resulted in finding another really excellent article 

https://idea.library.drexel.edu/islandora/object/idea:4534/datastream/OBJ/download/UBIQUITOUS_COMPUTNG___SYSTEMIC_TRANSFORMATION_TO_21ST_CENTURY_TEACHING_AND_LEARNING.pdf

This article strongly references TPACK and SAMR and provides some excellent tangible recommendations founded on the research conducted by the author regarding the development of 21st Century schools. 

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Nas Campanella a journalist and newsreader for the ABC and Triple J. 26-year-old Nas is blind and has a medical condition which prevents her from reading braille.

Nas discussed the challenges of navigating life with a disability and of facing discrimination as well as the positives and negatives of technologies that helped her at school, university and in the workplace. 

Her tenacity, in the face of adversity, was truly inspiring and her capability is extraordinary. It underlined, for me, how crucial it is for schools to persevere with challenges that appear and how important it is for educators be open minded in resolving the needs of students. In Nas’s circumstance at one point there was a disconnect between support being provided and her real need. Understanding her need and then supplying a credible solution was vital and ultimately opened a world of possibilities to her. Clearly great schools and great educators are the ones who can really make a difference by being aware and responsive. We certainly should personalise our approach to our students. I have included a graphic which was created during her speech at the conference. It summarises the key points from her speech. Thanks to Rachel Dight for the great graphic.

  Graphic by Rachel Dight 

If you’d like to learn more about Nas this short video via the ABC provides some insight. 

  
https://t.co/WjFFEHAcu1

In Melbourne I attended a “Stile” conference day. I enjoyed listening to the two excellent speakers Andrew Douch (The Tools of Engagement, Redefining the Classroom) & Georgina Pazzi (The power of online differentiation,The Differentiated Classroom in Action). We have certainly seen the possibilities around engagement and differentiation, individualisation and personalised learning blossom with ubiquitous technology in our learning environment.

The conference also provided a chance to meet with many educators who were using Stile actively in their classrooms. Victoria seems to be further ahead on the innovation curve. When we were considering our iPad trial Victoria and Western Australia were already rolling iPads into their classrooms and the Victorian Education Dept had embraced the innovation. We were able to leverage their experience to help enable our roll out. Similarly Stile has a strong base in Victoria (Stile’s home state) while in New South Wales it is just starting to gain a foothold. Here I must add that I also really love the rich content that Apple has and is producing via iTunes U. There is no reason why Stile and iTunes U can’t work well together in a school environment. The particular benefit, for us, of Stile has been the easy ability of teachers to deliver content, for students to return work and for easy, direct, formative feedback. Where it has been employed actively in our classrooms, in tandem with our iPad Program, it has revolutionised the teaching/learning environment. Discussions that I had with Stile educators provided insight and opened conversations around broad educational innovation. I was also privileged to spend a little time with Dr Alan Finkel AO, the Founder and Chairman of Stile. His interest in enabling educators to be more effective in their work and his commitment to STEM initiatives identifies him as an innovation leader. The fact that he made time to connect and really listen to educators showed his real commitment to making a difference at “the coal face”. 

  
I also attended an Open Morning hosted by CISCO at North Sydney. This too was a chance to meet with other educators. The CISCO presenters were very polished and knowledgeable. We have a CISCO wireless infrastructure so I was interested to look at where wireless is headed. Remaining current in a fast changing landscape is important. Two quick takeaways – yes wireless speed is much faster with the new standard Ac and CISCO’s new generation access points enable easy upgrade via an interchangeable component.

CISCO also have some fabulous conferencing hardware and software. As we reinvent our learning spaces bringing some of this into the mix would be great, but cost may be a factor for smaller schools like ourselves. I wasn’t convinced that a typical teleconferencing space would be the right fit for all schools. I can see that the possibilities for virtual excursions and interactions across the world will become a common part of our modern classrooms. I was interested to see that CISCO are putting energy into classroom design as they recognise the changing classroom dynamic. I hope we can leverage some of this in our own reinvention. 

I participated in an Apple Integrators Group which was held at the Apple HQ in Pitt Street, Sydney. It was good to have a chance to share and exchange ideas with other Apple oriented educators. Here too we met with some great Apple personnel who provided information about Apple support and provision. A Development Executive K-12 Education from Apple facilitated discussion and considered the factors which enable technology in the school environment. He also discussed tools which could help evaluate the capability of teachers and leadership in relation to their capacity re the SAMR model. The meeting was enabled via iTunes U which worked really well and some great learning resources were highlighted in iTunes U and in iBooks. We were shown resources that were developed by students and teachers and which were available to experience and download in the public domain. Being able to provide students with an audience, and an authentic reason to publish, is a very powerful motivator. Certainly something that we could leverage more extensively. 

These were my excursions. We also have had several incursions where we have shared experiences with visiting educators. These too have provided rich collaborative opportunities. It has been a very busy few weeks and we have learned a great deal which will help to improve our learning environment. 

Transformation SAMR and Redefinition

It is interesting to consider how apps might be used to satisfy the various transitions in the SAMR Model. This is a work in progress and this reflects my understanding of the model. I am starting by looking at Redefinition. When I attended Dr. Puentedura’s sessions, at a recent conference, he described work where all four transitions were being involved in the completion of learning tasks. In the suggestions here, for example, when a word processor is used in Book Creator or Evernote this would really just be “Substitution” and yet it forms part of the “Transformed” / “Redefined” product which is the desired outcome. We can strive towards “Redefined” products, but not all work needs to be at that level and often doesn’t need to be. Sometimes a “Substitution” e.g. Watching a video in preparation for a flipped lesson can offer a rich learning experience or using an app such as “Side by Side” to help research a topic can improve the effectiveness of the process.
Additionally, I recently saw a wheel which attempted to combine Blooms Taxonomy with SAMR and with apps. This is useful, but needs to be viewed in the context of how the app is used e.g. Explain Everything (app) can be used as a simple whiteboard to record notes or at a more sophisticated level as an annotation or screen casting tool. How the app is employed is important to consider when viewing in the context of either Blooms or SAMR.
http://www.edudemic.com/2013/05/new-padagogy-wheel-helps-you-integrate-technology-using-samr-model/

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Below I consider how apps might fulfil the Modification Transition in the SAMR Model.

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Below are the groups of apps used by Dr. Puentedura in presentations at a recent conference. He used an app for each transition to create a learning sequence.
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Sequence 1:
iPhoto – substitution
Timeline 3D -augmentation
Quick Graph – modification
Interior Design for iPad – redefinition
Sequence 2:
iBooks – substitution
Timelines Eons – augmentation
iThoughtsHD – modification
iMovie – redefinition
Sequence 3:
Khan Academy – substitution
Coach’s Eye – augmentation
Algodoo – modification
Comic Life – redefinition
Sequence 4:
Google Earth – substitution
My Maps Editor – augmentation
JMF Graph Builder – modification
Safari website – redefinition
Sequence 5:
iTunes U, video discussion – substitution
Word Collage – augmentation
eClicker Presenter – modification
iMovie – redefinition
Sequence 6:
iTunes text book, Life on Earth – substitution
Peterson Birds of North America – augmentation
Numbers (graphing data) – modification
iMovie – redefinition

Links to Dr. Puentedura’s presentations
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Paths to Technology Integration: keynote presentation http://t.co/tIIagzCeEz
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SAMR: Moving from Enhancement to Transformation” workshop: http://t.co/DPIdH5ZC8U

Below is a workflow from a previous post which I think adds to the discussion. In this workflow a number of different apps are used to create a learning experience which encompasses different stages of the SAMR Model and would meet the criteria to provide a “Transformative” experience.

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More about the SAMR Mode on this blog:
Improving the Journey – SAMR
https://rhp123.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/improving-the-journey-samr/

Revisiting SAMR with Dr. Ruben Puentedura
https://rhp123.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/revisiting-samr-with-dr-ruben-puentedura/

Transformation Example 1: This short video was created by a Year One student using an iPad. He sourced pictures and used iMovie to create a narrative around the pictures on the topic Shelters.

http://youtu.be/KtomFkQxX84

Example 2: Here a student is working in the Book Creator app in conjunction with Visualize app to create a product (creating a workflow).

http://youtu.be/lOxIDgtPXXE

Improving the Journey – SAMR

Our journey into iPads has brought with it increasing demands on us as educators to make a difference. We suddenly have really accessible and powerful options available. The SAMR Model (via Dr Dr. Ruben Puentedura) offers a useful scaffold. I have been exploring this model and have tried to simplify the process. This is a work in progress.

Transformation SAMR and Redefinition – this links to a new post where I look at how apps could be used in the “Redefinition” stage.
https://rhp123.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/transformation-samr-and-redefinition/

Applying Apps to Learning Tasks – SAMR – this links to a new post where I look at how apps could be used to transform some traditional learning tasks.
https://rhp123.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/applying-apps-to-learning-tasks-samr/

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I attended a conference and a couple of seminars with Ruben. These are a few notes and links.
Revisiting SAMR with Dr. Ruben Puentedura | Learning Journey
https://rhp123.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/revisiting-samr-with-dr-ruben-puentedura/