One process available to teachers in the quest to improve classroom tech integration, that we have seen around the country is called SAMR. We are fortunate to have Catie on our team! Our Northeast Rep and expert trainer, Catie is here today to share her expertise on Dr. Robert Puentedura’s technology integration model SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition). We hope this model can help you better use technology to enhance the overall learning environment in your classroom.

Take it away, Catie!


Integrating Technology in the Classroom with SAMR

As I travel around the country training our awesome Quaver teachers, I frequently hear the same story: “My school bought me some iPads, but I just don’t know how to use them!” Do not fear, I tell these teachers and YOU! We are here to help show you the endless opportunities available when you use mobile devices in your classroom.

The SAMR model is a useful tool to help incorporate any new technology in your classroom. It walks you through the integration process in 4 steps – Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. 

Image the creation of Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D.


The first two phases, Substitution and Augmentation are about enhancing the classroom environment.

The last two levels, Modification and Redefinition, are focused on transformation.

Let’s learn about this model by taking a look at how we would use it with one of our Student Interactives, Rhythm Selectah!

Rhythm Selectah allows students to create rhythm patterns by dragging icons to the boxes. It’s a great activity to translate to mobile devices. Here’s a quick refresher on how you and your students can access these Student Interactives.


The teacher uses the Rhythm Selectah! activity on the Interactive Whiteboard or Projector as a substitute to writing rhythms on the board.

The first step to integrating our new technology – mobile activities – is using them as an enhancement to a process both teacher and students already understand. You – as the teacher – lead all aspects of the learning, while the interactive activity acts as a learning enhancement tool. As you explain rhythm to the class, use Rhythm Selectah! as a visual for writing rhythms – a substitute to writing on paper or the board.

Search “Rhythm Selectah” in your Resource Manager to find where it is used throughout the Curriculum! Use the OPTION buttons at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen to change levels and get different ICONZ. Level 1 uses quarter and eighth notes, level 2 adds half notes, and level 3 uses groups of four sixteenth notes.


Teams of students develop familiarity with the new technology, improving their ability to interact with the rhythm concept.

During the augmentation phase, you want to enhance the students engagement with the new technology. Instead of just using Rhythm Selectah! as a visual, have students interact with the activity. Divide the class into teams and have one group manipulate the activity on your Interactive White Board or Projector, while the other group uses your mobile device to plan their rhythm creation.

Log into a student account or click the TOOLS icon and then MOBILE at the bottom of the Curriculum screen to generate a QR Code so you can pull up the activity on 1-2 mobile devices.


Students use the mobile technology on their own, following along with the teacher.

Modification is when the transformation from traditional to technology-enhanced curriculum begins. Each student with a device can follow along with you, as you lead the activity on the board.

Display the QR Code for students to scan – or direct them to find the Interactive in the menu within their Student Dashboard.


The students practice their new skills and explore tasks they couldn’t have done before!

The final level of the SAMR model is about utilizing new tasks that were not available prior to integrating technology. With each students’ mobile device, they can practice and apply the lesson on their own. Break students into smaller groups to practice and create their own rhythms. Have them share their rhythms using instruments or body percussion.

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First graders collaborating on rhythms at Sanders Memorial Elementary in Land O’ Lakes, FL.

When applying the SAMR model, no one expects a teacher to jump from Substitution to Redefinition in one lesson. It is a level by level process, which you only move up to the next one when you are comfortable with the results.

Don’t feel like you need to have a certain hardware or number of mobile devices in your classroom to get the most out of our activities. Here at Quaver, we understand that every classroom is different. That’s why all our lessons and activities can easily be modified to whatever you have or are comfortable with.

The possibilities are endless, and it just starts with one little Substitution!


What do you think? How could you use the SAMR Model to integrate technology into your classroom?

If you’d like some inspiration from your peers, join our Quaver Qmunity. Our online community provides open forums that allow teachers to gather new ideas and share their own.

How students access Rhythm Selectah on mobile devices:

  • Sign in with a STUDENT account
  • Scroll down to choose Rhythm Selectah!
  • LAUNCH the Student Interactive


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