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What does transformation look like?

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The Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition  model designed to help educators designed to provide a common language for educators to talk about what effective technology integration was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura.

While the model is helpful in getting the conversation started, I often get questions from administrators and teachers about what transformation really looks like in practice.

Below is a descriptive list generated by a group of administrators which is helpful in describing what transformation looks like.

  • Students are given opportunities to design
  • Careful instructional design
  • More self-directed
  • Productive Struggle
  • More self-directed
  • Teacher is a guide
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Students have to do
  • Flexibility
  • Flexible thinking
  • Teacher is not dictating the outcome
  • Students are given opportunities to try and fail
  • Students are empowered to take control of their own learning
  • Students have choices
  • Teacher is a coach
  • Learning is personalized
  • Formative assessments inform teaching and learning  for both students and teachers
  • Rubrics are used
  • Mastery learning model
  • Students actively seek out information
  • Students are part of a learning community
  • Students are given opportunities to be creative
  • Kids use all their modalities to learn
  • Students provide evidence of understanding
  • Students create products
  • Seamless use of technology
  • Teacher is questioning (not giving the answer)
  • Teacher always has the goal in mind for standards and learning behaviors
  • Collaborative learning environments
  • Students can tell you why they are doing what they are doing and why it is important
  • Students are engaged in the learning process
  • Students are not sitting in rows
  • Lessons that require deeper thinking than a simple web search
  • Student are involved in their learning
  • Students are excited and take pride in what they are learning
  • Teacher acts as a guide and knows what type of questions to ask individualized by each student’s learning needs
  • Students are asked to reflect
  • Transformation = empowerment


Tammy Frame

Dr. Frame is the Founder and Chief Education Officer of eClass4learning.

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