The SAMR theoretical model is often associated with the teacher and the technological integration he does in his classroom. Could a school principal also use it to redefine his use of technology and thus be a leader for his team? Here is the example of a director who took the bull by the horns!
The SAMR model, developed by Dr Ruben Puentedura, has been introduced into the Francophonie for a few years now. Last year, the École branchée published a summary of this model integration of technologies in the classroom. If you don't know it, it's worth taking a look.
This model is often associated with the teacher and the technological integration he does in his classroom. Would it be possible to use it for administrators? Could a school principal use this theoretical model to redefine his use of technology and thus be a leader for his team? Here is an example of a principal who took the bull by the horns and became a mainstay on it in his facility and community. Eric sheninger has also written an essential book on the subject, Digital Leadership.
Not long ago, I discovered Josh Work, a history teacher from Maryland who published, on Edutopia, a series of articles on the subject. I will be inspired here by the first article in his series Technology SAMR Model for Administrators.
All administrators must, at one time or another, make a presentation to school staff or parents. Here is a possible way to redefine this task according to the SAMR model.
Presentations are often made with Power Point software. In the past, we used the board, and even an overhead projector, to present statistics or the game plan for the year. It was also not uncommon for the administrator to simply distribute a paper document and simply ask the audience to follow the presentation. The PowerPoint therefore replaces the table or the paper document.
To "increase" the task, it would be possible to add certain things to the basic presentation. For example, a tool like Google Slides makes it easy to embed videos from YouTube. In addition, the presentation is online, which makes it easy to share the link with the audience.
How to “modify” an act as simple as a masterful presentation? There is a tool called Nearpod. This tool sends the presentation to the devices of the people in the audience and makes them interact. This is a good way to keep the audience's attention.
A meeting is effective when it allows decisions to be made that get things done. Why not “redefine” one of these information meetings? For example, the presentation could be recorded on video, then sent to participants with a link to a mandatory survey and another to a working document opened in collaborative mode. The possibilities are enormous.
In conclusion, redefining our tasks with technology is a long-term job. Wanting to redefine everything in a year is an exhausting task. It is therefore important to take small steps and everything will be more pleasant.
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