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.


Class Task Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition
  • Note Taking
  • Researching
  • Presentation
  • Content Distribution
  • Authoring Documents
  • File Management
  • Taking notes using iOS Notes
  • Using Safari to research and collate information (select/copy)
  • Create a Keynote presentation on the iPad
  • Copy, paste and send a web address by email
  • Open a PDF from an email to read the document
  • Students email documents from Pages to Teacher
  • Using Evernote to Categorize and Tag class notes
  • Bookmark and Share sources using the share button
  • Demonstrate understanding using Show Me Everything
  • Send a “Meeting Request” for deadline reminders
  • Dictionary/Search Document
  • Student submit to submissions folder from Pages
  • Using SlingNote to curate online sources
  • Download and annotate image using Skitch
  • Combine audio, video and text notes in iMovie Presentation
  • Create and Scan a QR Code
  • Annotating digital documents in GoodReader and iBooks
  • Managing files from Server and Google Drive using GoodReader
  • Sharing notebooks and collaborating using Evernote
  • Mind mapping concepts visually
  • NearPod Presentation
  • Augmented Reality (AR) using Aurasma
  • Creating an interactive document using iBooks Author
  • Allowing peer-feedback and collaboration using a Wiki



This Piktochart SAMR – A Model for BYOD Pedagogy provides a nice description of the levels and gives great ideas.


See Jim Cash’s SAMR Examples presentation on Prezi


The SAMR Examples on this site are divided into different subjects and activities within those subjects.  A great site for some ideas!


The Process

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 from Ruben R. Puentedura the creator of SAMR also provides some good questions to ask as you are integrating technology into the classroom and gauging where it falls on the SAMR 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?