It can be tricky to determine where an activity might fall on the SAMR model. This model from provides some great examples that can help to clarify the differences among the various levels.
This Piktochart SAMR – A Model for BYOD Pedagogy provides a nice description of the levels and gives great ideas.
The SAMR Examples on this site are divided into different subjects and activities within those subjects. A great site for some ideas!
Determining where a new activity should fall on the SAMR model can be difficult and sometimes frustrating. Mark Anderson’s flowchart provides a process and a guide for teachers working their way through the integration model.
The SAMR Ladder: Questions and Transitions
- What will I gain by replacing the older technology with the new technology?
Substitution to Augmentation:
- Have I added an improvement to the task process that could not be accomplished with the older technology at a fundamental level?
- How does this feature contribute to my design?
Augmentation to Modification:
- How is the original task being modified?
- Does this modification fundamentally depend upon the new technology?
- How does this modification contribute to my design?
Modification to Redefinition:
- What is the new task?
- Will any portion of the original task be retained?
- How is the new task uniquely made possible by the new technology?
- How does it contribute to my design?