In this past week, I was honoured to spend 3 days with fellow educators in KL looking at how we could leverage on the iPad for teaching and learning.
One of the things that we spoke about, as in many of the other edtech workshops that I facilitate, is Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model. Here is a good video introducing this concept –
It is both a challenge as well as a wonderful opportunity to be venture towards redefining learning with the use of technology. Indeed, our current approach of organising learning is based on a state-of-technology that has definitely been overtaken in almost every sphere of our lives. Surely, this begs for urgent action to change in response to the new state-of-the-art technology.
Of course, we do not need to throw away the baby with the bath-water. Neither should we just preserve our teaching traditions for no other reason than the fact that they have worked thus far. As we update, reshape and even redefine our pedagogical and content knowledge as teachers, and we bring these to bear on our knowledge of technology, we can be certain that we will be well-guided in our attempts to transform learning for our students.
As we speak about transformation, first at the teacher’s personal level in our comfort level and knowledge about technology, and then in the ways we design lessons, an apt metaphor is the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into the butterfly. Another way to encapsulate this journey is the use of the story spine (more on that and storytelling in another post).