Angela and Brigitte’s posts on the SAMR model both brought up some excellent points. I agree with them that the model does an excellent job of helping us categorise and identify how and to what extent our use of technology is changing student learning.
I have a difference of opinion with Brigitte’s suggestion that her blog work would be considered a Substitution in the SAMR model. I agree that if there are no viewers of a blog, it offers little more than a personal journal, however I still believe that it’s digital nature would place it in the Augmentation classification.
I hold this view because blogs allow for “real-time” viewing of changes as they are made and the ability for audience members to peer review through the use of commenting systems. Multimedia content can also be presented directly on the blog. Lastly, it is possible for multiple users to have access to and upload to a single blog. This allows for a great deal of simultaneous collaboration to take place, creating the potential for large scale blog networks such as those maintained by Gawker Media (soon to be shutdown). This connects with the ideas presented in earlier week 3 readings (Dron & Anderson, 2014).
Dron, J. & Anderson, T. (2014). Teaching crowds (pp. 71-92). Athabasca: Athabasca University Press.