The third level of the SAMR model refers to the process of modification. The focus turns from just the enhancement of lessons using digital mediums to the complete transformation of learning activities from analogue mediums to digital (Hamilton, et al. 2016). Teachers using the modification level have a range of possibilities at their disposal in the increasing technological revolution. When modification is used well within a classroom, it has been shown to allow low achieving students to increase their levels of achievement by hooking them with engaging digital formats (Flanagan, 2008).
An example of the use of modification within the classroom may be the creation of blogs used instead of just pens and paper or using a word processor. Students may use sites such as Blogger, Wix or WordPress to create blogs about the topics they are learning about. Teachers may have students write a blog post each week to summarise what was covered during the class and even use it to answer questions. These published blogs are open to the public which creates further accountability for the students. Creativity also increases with access to media materials such as images and videos that may be insert.
Another assessment activity that might be used at this level is to have students research, create, film and produce short videos using software such as iMovie. A science teacher might use this style of assessment to have students create videos on the different families of the periodic table that can then be used as class resources.
Teachers may also use podcasting activities where students are required to select a topic to research and provide a short five-minute podcast about the topic. Students may use tools such as Vocaroo, Garage band, Anchor and Audacity for this. An example of a podcast created using Anchor may be viewed below:
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Hamilton, E. R., Rosenberg, J. M., & Akcaoglu, M. (2016). The substitution augmentation modification redefinition (SAMR) model: A critical review and suggestions for its use. TechTrends, 60(5), 433-441. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-016-0091-y
Feith, J. (2020, February 6). Modification [Graphic]. Thephysicaleducator.com. https://thephysicaleducator.com/2020/02/06/the-samr-model-technology-in-physical-education/