I am rather far off from being a candidate for the “iTeacher Awards” but I still like to see where I should be aiming for if the inspiration were to hit. It all seemed pretty attainable until I saw the those 4 letters: SAMR
What. On. The. Earth. Apple.
Activate the Google Machine.
Now there is plenty of amazing info out there for you to sift through but I’m going to do my best to explain it in foundation phase teacher terms that are practical.
Sustitution Augmantation Modification Redefinition
S: Book apps, Basic game apps like Sand Art (loath this app), puzzles
A: Book apps that read to you or help with word identification, problem solving games, Mathletics, Reading eggs
M: iMovie, Numbers, Pages, Keynote
R: Explaining Everything, Puppet Pal, Socrative, Telagami, Chatterpix, Puzzle maker and everything else that make iPads awesome.
You could simplify this to:
S: No internet connection or haven’t prepped iPad lesson or haven’t used iPads before so let’s use these apps.
A: Internet connection but no prep or understanding of iPads.
M: I have wifi, I have confidence, I have prepped. Eureka!
R: Mad skills, should have statues erected in my honour.
So when Apple asks you to integrate the SAMR model into your class while Suzy is pulling James’ hair, Carol is crying, Sam has missed the last 3 iPad lessons and Kevin has spilt his entire bottle of Oros on the carpet, I think they are really saying: be brave, use iPads where they can be used, select the level you can use them confidently on and have goals, aim for your own statue, but not in South Africa, cause we all know where that will end up.