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Technology Integration and the SAMR Framework: Creating Authentic Research Projects


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Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Assessment
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

About This Lesson

In this unit plan, I describe an authentic, student-centered research project through which Web 2.0 tools and classroom technologies are incorporated to both enhance the research process and to create an engaging, authentic final research product.  During this unit, students first write a standard research paper which examines a social issue of choice.  Then, students use their paper and their new knowledge as a springboard to create an engaging, multimedia website.  From the initial stages of the research to the completion of the final multimedia site, the unit plan describes valuable Web 2.0 tools that can increase students' engagement, and in turn, their reading and writing skills.

Utilizing the SAMR Framework for selecting and incorporating classroom technologies ensures that, through the completion of this assessment, students are accessing the various levels of Blooms Taxonomy to engage in higher order thinking tasks.

Through the completion of this unit assessment, students also develop essential, 21st century skills.



Technology Integration and SAMR- Creating Authentic Research Projects.pptx

June 14, 2020
1.05 MB


Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.


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