SAMR & Educational Tech Tools

Module 4.1 of our Elearning AQ course has us look at the SAMR model and the top 100 educational tech tools!

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The SAMR Model [link] [link] was discussed and here is a quick video summary of the SAMR model:


Some of the tech tools that I took note of are:

Twitter (Using)
Youtube (Using)
Google (Using)
Google Docs/Maps (Using)
PowerPoint (does each MS Office Tool need its own entry?)(Using)
Dropbox (Using)
Facebook (Using)
Wordpress/Blogger (Using)
Evernote (Using)
Prezi (Using)
Wikipedia (Using)
Audacity (Using)
Screencast-o-matic (Using)
Quizzlet (Not using yet — will  try to incorporate)
Kahoot (Not using yet — will  try to incorporate)
Padlet/Lino (Not using yet — will  try to incorporate) (organizing lists)(Not using yet — will  try to incorporate)
Mindomo (Not using yet — will  try to incorporate)
Canva (Not using yet — will  try to incorporate)
Flickr/Instagram (see my Flickr account here)(Using)
Movie Maker (Using)
Tellegami (Not using yet — will  try to incorporate)   –

Khan Academy/Youtube/Crash course/ Ted Talks

Wordle (Using)(yes I made it to the end of the list – Use this link if your java plugin is out of date: ). I made a word-cloud of this tech list and included it below! 🙂


Our instructor asks us the following questions:

Q: To begin, select 3 tools and describe each one, explaining possible ways each tool could be used in an online classroom. Your descriptions can be specific to your teachable subject area or more general in terms using a Learning Management System.Then identify what level would each activity would be, in reference to the SAMR model.


1 Google Docs – An online office suite of tools, in particular – Docs, Slides and Sheets. They are clearly a Substitution tool for MS Office but as soon as students start to  “Share” their documents  – they can start to comment and collaborate as well as co-edit documents. This pushes the value of the tech tool to the modification and redefinition stage of the SAMR model. I’ve embedded a video on how to collaborate with students or perhaps have students co-edit or do peer revision. Another transformative redifinition level task would be to create a shared google slide show, invite students to edit a particular slide on a topic that is being researched by the class etc.

2 Mindomo – This is a tool that I’ve seen before, but  haven’t used. I would really like to formally incorporate into my class this year. Its a tool to help students brainstorm or create mind-maps to connect ideas. One can only imagine the possibilities in education for this tool. One example that comes to mind might be to summarize a unit of study in a mind-map. This creates redefinition level learning opportunities as students may go out online and look for related videos, links to supplement their own understanding. Also, if students shared their mind-maps with other students, they could learn from each other’s work. This is a great tool for visual learners and tactile learners.

Just one last exiting comment on mind maps is that a book I once read called “How to Think like Leonardo Davinci” really emphasized how much mind-mapping Davinci did.  Here is a summary of the 7 Davincian principles.

And my third example: Canva, Lino,

3  Wordpress / Blogger / Google Sites-

As our online Elearning AQ class has demonstrated – Content is good in a text forum but blogging gives you a larger world-wide audience. A few of us have leaped out into the blogosphere! Imagine a student who is used to writing content for his/her teacher- an audience of one.  But blogging lets a student share his/her insights with the world. Some idea that was blogged may touch someones life years after he or she wrote it. Referencing back to the SMAR model, blogging is clearly a redefining technology because of the audience, the media inclusion, the self reflection, the networking and the extended time horizon that paper documents just can’t compete with. I will leave you with this video that was actually shared earlier in this course. These two well published gentlemen can’t say enough about blogging. Just a quick mention that Google Sites isn’t a blogging platform, but you can create a static website with an “announcements” page which acts as a blog – with a listing of recent “posts”.

Keep Learning and Growing,

Dwayne Murphy



One thought on “SAMR & Educational Tech Tools”

  1. Hi Dwayne,
    Thanks for sharing a tutorial video for Mindomo. I would like to use this tool in my classroom, but haven’t played around with it yet.
    Great tools! You’ve detailed them well with examples on using them in the classroom.


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