We've looked at the "why" of what we're doing, and we're really on track with each other, but "how" do we get there?
SAMR is a tool that many, people and institutions, use to drive their transformation. It delineates the stages of transformation: substitution, augmentation, modification, redefinition. It's helpful, it's clear, we can see it. The only problem is that it focuses on the technology and not the learning. Don't get me wrong, it can be a good place to start, but at some point we really need to be looking at the learning. That's where TIM comes into the picture.
TIM stands for "Technology Integration Matrix." It brings together and illustrates characteristics of learning environments and levels of technology integration in the curriculum. It's a bit more complicated at initial glance, but offers a richer experience with more detailed examples. TIM is a tool, one that provides examples, video lessons, and observation tools - the "how" that we've been looking for.
SAMR and TIM are tools to help us. Our best resource, however, remains each other. Share your experiences, what you've learned, what you've tried. Share your success and your failures. Explore the tools available to us. We aren't on this journey in a vacuum; others have been down this road, too. Let's learn from them.
I am a Technology Integration and LMS Specialist by title, but lifelong learner in practice. An Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator and Microsoft Innovative Educator, my goal is to assist educators in investigating and exploring resources to embed in their instruction. I also hope to be a part of their journey toward an innovative and transformative practice that empowers learners and strengthens their own craftsmanship. I spends my free time with my family, my dogs and a good cup of coffee.