In an attempt to design a tool that will act as a guide for my colleagues to know where they should try to pitch their tasks and activities when integrating technology, I created the matrix below. The matrix is a combination of the SAMR Model, the Rigor and Relevance Framework and Bloom’s Taxonomy. When we utilise technology, we don’t always think intentionally about making the best use of the technology and a task receives little if any changes in its design and the technology is used more or less for the sake of it. It is my strong belief that we should utilise technology to enhance the learning opportunities and outcomes that students can achieve from completing a task, and in order to do this effectively, task redesign is essential. We often position ourselves in the top left hand corner, of the matrix below, with simply using technology to do what we usually do without it. However, where we want to be is in the bottom right hand quadrant, facilitating higher order thinking and critical thinking with complete task redesign that makes use of all that technology offers.
I will need to continue working on this tool and I will experiment with how it is presented but my ultimate aim is to provide staff with something that will assist them to make informed and intentional decisions about how and why they integrate technology into a lesson.