Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR Model can be utilized on a program-wide basis to assess the level of technology integration into teaching and learning practices, as well as provide teachers with a means for self-evaluation. The value of this model rests in its focus, which is rooted in the learning itself rather than the tools used. Notice that Modification and Redefinition are classified as transformative. Instead of merely adding metaphoric bells and whistles to a task, such as filling out a electronic worksheet while reading information online instead of from a book, transformation involves facilitating higher level thinking and creativity and increased collaborative opportunities.
What then, does Redefinition look like? Instead of students, for example, simply consuming information, as in the task mentioned above, students could be involved in learning how to conduct valid research and filter the information effectively, afterward using that information to form their own conclusions. Then students could continue by creating/designing something, such a website or podcast to publish to an appropriate audience. This level of engagement, thinking and creation, as well as a more open lesson design which can increase opportunities to learn to work within a team concept, cannot compare with simply consuming and recording information, therefore transforming the learning process.