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Educational Research Resources

Written By: Paula Neidlinger



 1.  SAMR: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition


2.  TPACK: Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge

(Wikimedia / Llennon)

(Wikimedia / Llennon)


Rethinking SAMR, TPACK and using technology well — I used to think of using the SAMR and TPACK tech integration models as “climb as high as you can” models. Now I see them differently.

How high up the edtech ladder do you climb? — Introduction to the SAMR (substitution/augmentation/modification/redefinition) model.

10 ways to reach SAMR’s redefinition level — Redefinition is at the top of the SAMR model, and most educators want to know how they can reach it. This post lists 10 ideas for redefining learning with technology.

The Current State: Educational Technology — Tim Klapdor examines educational technology through the lens of SAMR and the Gartner Hype Cycle.


Writing Globally
Using blogging as a digital journal, students will be able to reflect on their overall progress in the understanding and communicating of mathematics. Student’s use of blogging will provide them with the opportunity to improve their writing and reading comprehension skills. Most importantly blogging will allow me to promote a positive engaging learning environment for my students.

*  Blogging in the science classroom:

*  Pinterest board: Examples of Class blogs (35 pins):

*  Google search for “blogging in science class” returns lots of good examples of science class blogs

*  Paula’s “Walk the Walk” blog about whether blogging truly develop the 21st century skills of Global collaboration, authentic learning, and digital literacy in our students? 


2.0 Tools


*  Wiki Symbaloo page (w/ resources, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, etc.)

 *  Student/teacher uses of Diigo:

 *  12 reasons teachers should use Diigo

*  SlideShare: Using Diigo in the Classroom

*  Three uses of Diigo in the history and language arts classroom

*   Diigo: A classroom friend

*  10 tips for using Evernote in the classroom:

*  How to use Evernote to manage your classroom

*  Richard Byrne’s “A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Backchannels and Informal Assessment Tools”

 *  Cybraryman’s backchannel page:

 *  Wes Fryer’s classroom backchannels wiki:

 *  Classroom examples of Aurasma/AR in class:

*   Prezi about using Aurasma in the classroom:

 *  How to use Piktochart in the classroom:

 *  Paula’s “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”- Piktochart

*  Paula’s “Twittering- Empowering Student Voices”

*  Weebly beginners guide:‎




Blogging with Elementary School Students: A VERY thorough document outlining a unit to teach elementary students about blogging and many aspects about it (like digital citizenship).

Blogging rubric for week long blog activity: Click here (Word doc) Click here (PDF)
Public vs. Private — Should Student Work Be Public on the Web?: This article lists the reasons why public student work is a good thing and gives some tips for making it work.

Getting more out of student blogging: A manifesto on student blogging by Sue Waters of Edublogs. She includes different blogging approaches, how to write quality comments (see below), scaffolding student blogging, digital footprint, etc.


HOT Blogging: A Framework for Blogging to Promote Higher Order Thinking: The author investigates what blogs are, how they’re used in the elementary classroom, and how they can be used to promote higher order thinking.

  • Classroom News Blogs
  • Mirror Blogs
  • Showcase Blogs
  • Literature Response Blogs

33 Ways to Use Blogs in your Classroom and in the Educational Setting: The author lists lots of ways to incorporate blogging into virtually any classroom.

Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom: Michelle Lampinen talks about how her students’ writing improved by leaps and bounds by blogging and why it improved.

Blog rules! by One teacher’s rules for blogging, commenting, using pictures, etc. for his classes. (Includes a list of words that he INSISTS that they spell correctly.)

6 positive effects of blogging in kindergarten: The author can tell blogging is good for her kindergarteners through relationships, feedback, digital citizenship, audience, communicating and self-esteem.

Picking the best platform for your classroom blog: Free Technology for Teachers delves into the options for classroom blogging, from the basic to the complex.

Ideas for managing academic blogs: Thoughts from Free Technology for Teachers’ Richard Byrne on how to make sense of the logistics of student blogging.

Use a blogging template to write posts faster: If you or your students agonize over every word in a blog post, follow Michael Hyatt’s six-part framework he uses to write posts quickly.

10 reasons why I want my students to blog: They’re authentic. They allow students to give voice to their passions. They invite feedback. They provide opportunities to engage in civil discourse.

Journals and Diaries: Jennifer Scott’s blog post on her thoughts about public vs. private writing and how some writing just needs to be private/personal.

10 reasons your students should be blogging: It’s a confidence builder. It’s co-curricular. It gives exposure to students’ talents at the school.

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