Adventures in Innovation

Adventures in Innovation: BoostEDU is Coming Soon!

BoostEDU is coming soon!

It’s hard to believe that my last post on BoostEDU, my Google Innovator project, was nearly 3 months ago.  It’s not that I haven’t been working on it.  In fact, I have actually been working on this project on a (nearly) daily basis since my last post.  I’m excited about where this project is going and I truly hope that it will be a resource that will support teachers in transforming their current lessons into 21st-century lessons.

If you are trying to refresh your mind on my project, I have created a “teaser trailer” for the program that will highlight the key features that will be released:

www.boostedu.org

So, you might be asking, “What have you been working on over the last few months?”  Well, I’ve been working on the final stages of the first iteration of this project.  That’s right – the first iteration.  This project is big.  Seriously – it’s a big, technical project that has required me to do a lot of research on education, but also on form logic and website development.  The product that will be released next month will be beneficial to teachers but it will also be something that is continuing to evolve.

So, here is what I have been up to…!

What I’ve Done

During the last few months, I have:

  • Finished developing the SAMR self-assessment form.
  • (Nearly) finished developing the lesson design formats.
  • Created a crowd sharing option for the program.
  • Created a launch page and a “teaser trailer” to engage educators in the release.
  • Developed a website.
  • Recruited educators to beta test my project.
  • Researched creative commons, copyright, and trademarks.

Although I feel like I am missing a few things, I think that this pretty much sums up the many tasks that I have pushed myself to complete over the last few months.  It was a bigger undertaking than I imagined but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Upcoming Goals

In the next month, I will:

  • Finish lesson design formats.
  • Revise and edit program based on beta tester feedback.
  • Develop a workshop model for BoostEDU.
  • Release BoostEDU to the public.

I’ll admit, I am very nervous about releasing this project.  Excited but nervous.  I’ve spent a lot of time on this project and I hope that it is a resource that will benefit teachers in transforming their lessons.  However, there is something quite nerve-wracking in releasing a project that is so personal and important to you…to the real world.   Yet, this is one of those true “out of your comfort zone” moments that I have to face because only great things can come from taking great risks.

If you are interested in subscribing for updates on BoostEDU, please visit www.boostedu.org or subscribe below.

BoostEDU will be released on November 27, 2017.


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