Framework for Professional Development: SAMR Template & Infographic


My colleague, Silvana Meneghini, and I have been working on developing a Professional Development framework for embedding technology use and modern learning litercies based on Ruben Puentedura‘s SAMR model.


The template consists of 4 Focus Areas. Each stage of the SAMR model consists of 4 focus areas in the template, that support vision, planning, and evaluation in activity  and task design as well as a professional development framework.



Goal Rationale:

Start with your goal in mind. What are your objectives? What do you want to accomplish? What learning do you envision? What literacies are being addressed?


Process Rationale:

Knowing all the answers is not important anymore. Learning how to ask questions and be open to reflect and receive feedback. are the skills to develop. How do we make the process of learning visible? How do we create a “learnflow” within and between tasks and activities? The process will inform your actions.


Technology Rationale:

Content knowledge becomes less important. Technology pushes pedagogy into center stage. As technology becomes further ubiquitous in our lives, a degree of fluency will be necessary to allow pedagogy to fully absorb technology. The tool will no longer be the objective.


Communication Rationale:

Traditionally, communication happened synchronously and face to face or asynchronously in written text form. Due to technology, the concept of communication and the types of media that help us communicate with an audience larger than 1 has changed and grown exponentially.
Communication no longer assumes the position of a finite, one way communication, but is transformed in the possibility of a two-way, crowdsourced or feedback process.

Each one of the four focus areas possesses several subcategories.

SAMR_ Template- subfocus

In a SAMR exercise, technology (learning) coaches support educators in identifying the placement of their lesson or project within the framework. The exercise can tag accomplishments,  potential gaps and  facilitate pinpointing next steps.

  1. The initial ideas is  to take a look at a  lesson and identify the ENTRY POINT of the SAMR stage (substitution, augmentation, modeification, redefinition).
  2. Concentrate on identifying  the 4 FOCUS AREAS (goal, process, technology and communication).
  3. By using the subcategories, the coach/teacher work through areas addressed and possible gaps and potential areas of upward MOVEMENT movement towards redefinition.





Name of Activity: Middle School- Official Scribe

Activity Description: Students take individual classroom notes with paper/pen to study from for upcoming quiz, test or exam.


Students use computer to type up notes.

Goals Process Technology Communication
literacy-basic consume-produce note-taking 1-1
Basic Literacy Consume>Produce Note Taking 1: 1


Students use formatting options to organize, highlight, edit, rearrange their notes.
Students are printing out or emailing their notes to share with their classmates.

Goals Process Technology Communication
literacy-basic consume-produce note-taking 1-group
Basic Literacy Consume>Produce Note Taking 1: Group


Students are creating their own blog post, using a variety of technology tools and methods to create annotated screenshots, videos, images to bring in different perspectives and address various learning styles.

Students are creating collaborative notes via a Google Document, which is shared with the entire class. Everyone can contribute, add information, edit incorrect information,etc.

Note taking is not confined to remembering and regurgitating information heard in class, but (hyper)linked to further reading of text, images, audio and video. Students are labeling/categorizing their blog post and information to
make organization and information search easier. Students are solving problems of how to handle information overload and filter relevant information.


Goals Process Technology Communication
literacy-basic consume-produce-feedback note-taking 1-group
Basic Literacy Consume>Produce> Feedback Note Taking 1: Group
 literacy-network  blogging
 Network Literacy
 Information Literacy


Students are contributors to a collaborative blog site, alternating being the Official Scribe of day. Collaboratively they “write”their own online textbook. Students express their understanding through a variety of media. Students use the blog as a learning hub to communicate and connect beyond their classroom walls, connecting with peers and experts from around the world.

Goals Process Technology Communication
literacy-basic consume-produce-feedback note-taking global
Basic Literacy Consume>Produce>


Note Taking Global Communication
 literacy-network  blogging
 Network Literacy  Blogging
 Information Literacy


Silvana and I will be presenting our framework and the SAMR exercise at the ASB Unplugged conference at the end of next month in Mumbai, India.

Presentation Description:

Let’s take a closer look at Ruben Puentedura’s technology integration SAMR model and how it can be applied as a Professional Development framework in education. How can educators use the model to inspire upward movement from using technology to substitute traditionally taught lessons towards transforming teaching and our own professional learning. Bringing together the SAMR framework with TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) allows teachers and technology coaches to visualize the interconnectedness of the models, making gaps more evident and point to “support opportunities” to move toward transformation.

Presenters will share scenarios and examples from different levels and subject areas. Participants will go through the exercise and will collaboratively brainstorm further scenarios to “practice” SAMR upward movement towards transformative teaching and learning.

Interested in this type of SAMR template and framework? Shortly, we will be looking for participants in crowdsourcing more examples from the classroom. Stay tuned…

SAMR Template

Download the SAMR Template as a pdf