First Steps To Transformative Learning


Transforming student learning through technology is an exciting, but challenging, goal for many teachers. We want to try new things in our classrooms, but often struggle to know where to start, or how to effectively implement these new tools. This session will explore three key frameworks for successful integration of technology in a creative and innovative way without chasing after the latest fads.

Combining the SAMR model (substitution, augmentation, modification, redefinition), TPACK (technological, pedagogical and content knowledge), and the Design Cycle (investigate, plan, create, evaluate), provides a clear structure for designing and implementing exciting and innovative learning experiences in the classroom.


Part 1: Pedagogy

SAMR & TPACK Resources

Part 2: Exploring Examples

Activity: SAMR Evaluation / Reflection

Lower Elementary:

Upper Elementary:

Middle School:

High School:

Whole School

  • Dave Beaty – Social Media Education for the School Community
  • Shary – Professional Learning for a whole School Community

More Transformative Project Examples

Activity: Visible Thinking Routine: See, Think, Wonder

Part 3: Getting Started