For the past five years, I have been captivated with searching through many of the different technology options of how to enhancing my coaching and teaching. My end goal is essentially the same, how can I better instruct so that students and athletes can learn more easily and go farther in what they are learning. Only recently have I come across a system to analyze what impact each piece of technology is doing for the learner. SAMR does just that. It is the framework that allows me to see if a new method is merely enhancing my instruction or actually transforming it. SAMR also give me the proper means to discuss what I am doing. I am no longer saying, "this is a really cool app because…" rather I say, "this app transforms the learning process by allowing the student to (fill in the blank) which was impossible before." I can also say, "this feature is a helpful way to store digital copies rather then paper ones." Either way, I have clearly defined what is beneficial with what I am using.
Applying this to Coaching and PE looks like this:
Substitution: Rules sheets and units are created on Google docs that are shared to each student's Google Accounts instead of printing and handing them the paper. The team playbook has been scanned and can be emailed out as an attachment.
Augmentation: Students and athletes now take assessments online and can utilize links and videos to access additional information to assist with their learning.
Modification: Video taken of students skills and strategies is uploaded, annotated by the coach for feedback and shared to students for their review. The video shows freeze frames of key points that assist students with their analysis of skill.
Redefinition: Students are taking video of themselves and downloading video of professional athletes for side by side video narrated analysis with annotations.
Obviously, the areas we should focus our attention on the most are areas of Modification and Redefinition because they are transforming to the learning process. We can still utilize Subsitution and Augmentation but we must realize all that they are capable of and not find ourselves merely substituting one method for another. It is important that we can show the transformative effects of our instruction because it will bring valitity to our efforts.