Goodbye Summer. Hello SAMR. Part 3

How would you decide on where you stand in the SAMR model? Always start with your learning outcome. What is it that you want your learners to accomplish? Do you want them to arrange a given list, lable a diagram, memorise a sequence or explain a process, predict an outcome, estimate or dramatise an event,…

Goodbye Summer. Hello SAMR. Part 2

The SAMR model is sometimes explained and depicted as a swimming pool with a shallow end and extending to the deep section. You would be correct to think that the shallow end represents the substitution and augmentation phases while the deep end represents the transformative part of the model. The first time I presented the SAMR model to…

Goodbye Summer. Hello SAMR.

A few weeks ago we said goodbye to Summer. Now say hello to SAMR. I introduced this model to my support staff just a few months before we started the pilot project for the tablets. The SAMR model was then taken up and introduced to all the teachers who participated in the One Tablet per…

Friction and momentum

A few years back, while I was serving as an assistant head of school, I met fellow head teachers from Europe during an eTwinning seminar. I remember asking how they tackled teachers who resisted the introduction of new technologies and was given a terse answer, “Do not water rocks.” I was not quite convinced and…

One skill a week.

Dear Year 4 teachers. I would like to convey my deepest gratitude to the way you responded to the few hours of training on the WorkBook LearnPad tablet. As I said in a previous blog you showed professionalism and patience and I hope that together we will continue to develop a community of learning where…

*agogy

21st September Independence Day Malta Yesterday we finished delivering a three day in-service training to all year four teachers and LSAs. A great thanks goes to all the 26 well prepared trainers and the supporting staff from Avantis. You were amazing. My appreciation also goes to the 500 magnificent and very receptive educators who showed…

Whitelist

What is your view on inappropriate online material for our young learners in schools? In December tablet devices will be in the hands of 7 and 8 year olds. Do we need to protect them? Do you as a teacher need protection? What comes to your mind when we talk about inappropriate material for young…