Frameworks for Teaching with Technology


SAMR – Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition


Gartner Hype Cycle

I came across this interesting graphic from Tim Klapdor 

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tim Klapdor

He has overlaid the Gartner Hype Cycle over top of the SAMR continuum. The Gartner Hype cycle shows the progression of maturity, adoption and social application of technology.  His point (I believe) is that as we travel along the continuum towards Redefinition that we’ll go through cycles of excitement and great expectations–as well as times of disillusionment and discouragement.


TPACK – Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge



The question I always ask when introducing a new technology or tool is “At what level do we start?”

Start at too low a set of expectations, some faculty may never progress beyond the Substitution and Augmentation work. Start too high and the change is so radical that some will simply reject the effort.

There are those who advocate for the most disruptive approach possible. I suppose there are some situations in which that has worked, but I can’t identify any at Colgate. The old “you can’t jump the chasm in two leaps” too often results in faculty just retreating from the chasm as fast as possible.

I  believe we should build a bridge across the chasm, linking new practices to old; providing great Professional Development and support; and articulating a clear timeline for reaching the far side of the gulf of their reinvented pedagogy.

This is exciting and careful work.

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