SAMR Lenses

In Angela’s post about Learning and the SAMR model, she describes using Puentedura’s SAMR model as a powerful tool for reflection on the use of technology to achieve tasks. She further expands in a subsequent post that instead of using SAMR for task analysis, the model (or a reinvention of it) could be used to focus on teachers and students moving from traditional education to a redefinition of education, a hands off approach. This interesting re-conceptualisation of the SAMR model connects with a presentation I attended recently, where an academic spoke passionately about using SAMR in assessing student teachers’ e-portfolios and how students’ perceptions of their own ability on the SAMR ladder was in clear contrast to how they ultimately produced and developed their e-portfolio.

For example, a student with low technical skills might place themselves at the Substitution level in terms of creating an e-porfolio, however what they produced might be classified as sitting at the Modification or even Redefinition level when viewed by the assessors. Conversely, a student might classify themselves as at Redefinition but their overconfidence in using the tool rather than their skill level meant they produced something only at Substitution level.

So when using SAMR to reflect on your own use of tools, or using TECH (Traditional, Enhanced, Choice, Hands off – progression of student-centred learning from Angela’s blog post) to reflect on people’s level of learning, are we as the teachers or learners particularly accurate in placing ourselves on the right rung? And does this affect how we will learn to augment, modify or redefine our use of tools or learning in the future?

So where would I place myself currently in regard to the tasks in this course?


I place myself at substitution because I have simply replaced reflecting and sharing to the online medium of a blog as is required by the course. Traditionally, I would have done sharing and reflecting via email, discussion boards or face-to-face.

Natalie seems to feel the same, in her post she states that blogs are similar to keeping a journal:

I also feel that the personal blog has its limitations. The process of the public click is a useful one; one that I think is similar to keeping a journal or diary.If no-one reads your blog, does it really exist?

What do others think?


Puentedura, R. R. (2015). SAMR Model: A brief introduction. Retrieved from

3 thoughts on “SAMR Lenses

  1. Personally I don’t think reflecting on the blog is substitution due to the affordances of the environment and the possibility of connections beyond the LMS. But also coming back to your earlier points about forming your identity via your blog and being in control, this seems to be moving beyond substitution into something newer and better.

    In terms of the evaluation of student portfolios using SAMR, at some level the findings seem to echo the Dunning Kruger effect


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