At the end of last term I presented an iPad workshop for teachers on how to plan Apptivities based on the SAMR Model. Teachers are all too familiar with the lesson planning procedure: We consider the outcomes of the lesson or task and plan how we will assist the students to achieve those outcomes. It is important when working with technology, to remember it is just a tool. Just as we wouldn’t plan a lesson around a scrapbook or pencil, the technology should not be the starting point when planning a lesson.
The aim of my workshop was to focus on the lesson planning fundamentals and emphasise the importance of this process within a task that utilises iPads.
Teachers were presented with an exemplar Apptivity planning sheet and the matching Apptivity. We discussed the importance of establishing the outcomes of the task first, before deciding suitable apps to assist students achieve the outcomes and complete the task. We evaluated the level of the task in accordance with the SAMR Model, aiming to ‘teach above the line’. Examples were provided on how the task could be modified to sit higher in the SAMR model, within the context of the modelled response.
Year level teams were then given their own planning sheets to map out an Apptivity for an upcoming unit of work. They were given laminated cut-outs of app icons to physically manipulate in order to see a visual representation of their workflow. Within a short time frame each year level team followed the outlined plan and produced an idea for an innovative, rich task. All teachers were excited by the app smashing and SAMR concepts, and were eager to get to work on building a bank of rich, relevant, content specific Apptivities for their year level.