Kick It Up A Notch! Exploring SAMR in the Classroom

Participants will explore the SAMR model to transform their classroom following the 4Cs of Learning and Innovation. Various Google Apps, Chrome Extensions and other online tools will be used in this course for teachers to gain the student perspective, and determine 
the best tools for their own classroom. We will collaborate using your existing class lessons and activities to see how they can be boosted using technology. The end result will be integrated lessons & activities for your classroom. 


Course Details

Audience K-12 Classroom Teachers & Specialists
Level All
Instructor Susan Kiley
Dates February 25, 2019 – March 25, 2019
Earn 16 hours of certificate of participation
Location Online
MassCUE Member Cost $150
Non-Member Cost $190
Limit 20 Participants
Graduate Credit  At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125. All participants, including those who do not opt for graduate credit, will receive a certificate documenting the number of course hours attended. 

Susan Kiley

Susan Kiley is a certified Curriculum & Instructional Technology Specialist and Google for Education Trainer. Her experience includes professional development, integrated lesson planning and fostering professional learning communities to bring a collaborative approach to innovation in schools. Susan was named the 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Massachusetts United Regional Chamber of Commerce for her role as mentor to her fellow teachers, as well as for her innovative uses of technology in the classroom. She presents at conference workshops, including MassCUE, MSSAA, ISTE and Google Apps for Education Summits.  

Susan received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Providence College, her Master of Education Degree from Framingham State University, and her Educational Leadership Certification through Bridgewater State University. Her focus is on how technology can be used to improve teaching and learning, and bridging the gap between pedagogy and technology tools to make this happen. 


Online Session 1: Getting Started Goals: Course overview and introductions. Participants will be provided with an overview of Google Classroom, how its features will be used for the course, and collaborate on the challenges teachers encounter integrating technology in their classroom. We will also cover the importance of Learning and Innovation skills for our students, and start thinking about the ‘HOW” instead of the just the “WHAT” to kick it up a notch in our classrooms. 

  • Introductions 
  • Course Navigation & Resources 
  • Challenges of Technology Integration 

The 4Cs: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity Online Session 2: Tools of Engagement Goals: Learn the stages of technology integration according to the SAMR model and identify uses/tools of each stage for use in your classroom. We will be exploring Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition (SAMR) model to assess our current practice and shift to our focus from tools to student engagement. 

  • SAMR Model for Technology Integration 
  • Engagement through polls for various grade levels 
  • Class collaboration for various grade levels
  • Video conferencing with other schools, experts

Online Session 3: Flip A Lesson Goals: Flip an existing class lesson by creating a screencast and online quiz to check student understanding. Develop classroom activities to complement the lesson using the results of your online quiz. 

  • Why Flip? 
  • Screen casting tools 
  • Integrating screen casts into online assessments 
  • Develop student-centered activities for your flipped lesson using the 4C’s as your guide 

Collect data to check for understanding using digital tools

Online Session 4: Transform A Lesson Goals: Create or modify a lesson to provide students with opportunities to think critically through collaboration and creativity, and communicate their knowledge with others. We will use the various tools from the course to collaborate on integrated lesson development and share our newly integrated lesson & experiences in the course. 

  • Share a current lesson with the class 
  • Collaborate & support each other by providing suggestions 
  • Modify your lesson to integrate at least one technology component* 
  • Collaborate to create a class video about your new lesson & course experience using free online tools. 

*Participants seeking graduate credit will be required to include all technology components learned throughout the course in their transformed lesson in Session 4. This will include, but is not limited to: 

  • Flip Lesson Video 
  • Formative Assessment 
  • At least one student-centered activity based on choice of 4Cs

This course supports the following Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards:  

K-2.DTC.a.4 Use appropriate digital tools individually and collaboratively to create, review, and revise simple artifacts that include text, images and audio. 

K-2.DTC.b.1Collaboratively use digital tools and media resources to communicate key ideas and details in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains. 

K-2.DTC.b.2 Use a variety of digital tools to exchange information and feedback with teachers. 

K-2.DTC.b.3 Use a variety of digital tools to present information to others. 

3-5.DTC.b.1 Communicate key ideas and details individually or collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains using digital tools and media-rich resources. 

6-8.CAS.c.1 Describe current events and emerging technologies in computing and the effects they may have on education, the workplace, individuals, communities, and global society. 

6-8.DTC.a.4 Individually and collaboratively, use advanced tools to design and create online content (e.g., digital portfolio, multimedia, blog, webpage). 

6-8.DTC.b.1 Communicate and publish key ideas and details individually or collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains using a variety of digital tools and media-rich resources. 

9-12.DTC.a.1 Use digital tools to design and develop a significant digital artifact (e.g., multipage website, online portfolio, simulation). 

9-12.DTC.a.2 Select digital tools or resources based on their efficiency and effectiveness to use for a project or assignment, and justify the selection.  

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Kick It Up A Notch! Exploring SAMR in the Classroom February 25, 2019 – March 25, 2019 Four online weekly sessions

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