I have been using the SAMR model as a teacher reflective tool for a few years since I met Reuben Puentadora in Oz at an Apple PD event.
I started using the framework to reflect on my teaching and learning activities but now I believe the SAMR model has far greater powers when the control is put in the hands of the students. When the SAMR model is explained and is used as a student springboard to creating open-ended activities and challenges it changes the dynamics of who is doing the reflection.
Based on the curriculum I give the students creative choices on the learning tasks that they want to attempt and suggest ideas for challenges that range from the Substitution to Redefinition. They also choose the solo, double, triple or quad group concept and also the audio, video, text and real life presentation model. They also engage in self-reflection and positive commenting combined with peer reflection opportunities.
So in effect, they are free to move themselves up and down through the hierarchy when and if they are ready. There is also the option to create new learning activities with consultation and completely shift the control. This can produce innovative, powerful learning adventures that I would never have thought of. The student orientated SAMR model can really empower the students and really enhance the development of a network of learners helping each other to learn.
They can choose their own mountains to climb.