27 November 2017

The SAMR Model and why it matters

Much has been publicly written recently regarding the use of technology in schools and some questions have been raised as to how we make sure we reach the right balance between using our devices in a way that enhances learning rather than detracts or distracts from learning.

To explain how the College uses technology it is worthwhile considering Ruben R. Puentedura's SAMR model. The model looks like this:

SAMR model

Essentially, at Scotch we aim to use technology to allow students to operate above the line in the transformational zone. It can be seen that within the substitution and augmentation areas the technology simply enhances a task that was previously completed with old technology or even no technology at all.

For example the typing of an essay simply substitutes an old activity onto a new device. By working with our Integration Learning Technology coaches, our teachers aim to develop tasks that can be re-designed or even redefined due to the new technology available. We see this with teachers engaging in video-conferencing, augmented reality and offering collaboration within classrooms that previously would not have been possible.

That is not to say that all learning occurs with the aid of technology, often we need to put our devices away and engage deeply in the thinking process that allows us to remain focused on a singular task for a sustained period of time.

Parents can assist their son by talking to them about how they are using their device to support learning and make sure that if there are doubts about it becoming a tool of distraction that the use of technology to complete homework is done in a space at home where they can be observed.

Course information for Year 11 2017

The College has updated the way that we provide course information. All course information for subject selection in Years 11 and 12 can be found here: https://my.scotch.wa.edu.au/courseinformation.

This information can also be accessed by clicking on the course information icon at home.scotch.wa.edu.au.

Additionally, I encourage parents of boys in Year 10 to attend the WACE parent information evening, which will be held on Wednesday 18 May at 6:30pm in the Dickinson Centre.

Mr Peter Allen

Director of Teaching and Learning