Adventures in Innovation, Technology

BoostEDU: SAMR Self-Assessment Overview

Earlier this month, I publicly released my Google Innovator Project: BoostEDU.  BoostEDU is a program that supports teachers in transforming their traditional lessons through an inquiry-based self-assessment and guided lesson design process.  (Interested in learning more?  Watch this video.)  It’s been a lot of work but it has been very exciting to hear feedback from teachers that have started using these tools to support their lesson design.

In this blog post, I wanted to spend some time talking about the two self-assessments that are currently available on BoostEDU: the Basic and In-Depth SAMR Self-Assessments.  In the future, I plan on expanding the self-assessments to include 4 C’s, ISTE Standards, and TPACK but SAMR was an excellent starting point for this project.  Here is some information on the two self-assessments:

The Basic SAMR Self-Assessment

The Basic SAMR Self-Assessment is a short self-assessment that provides educators with the depth of SAMR within their overall classroom.  Here are some key features:

  • Short self-assessment that includes 7 questions.
  • Focuses on the classroom as a whole, rather than a specific lesson.
  • Results are immediately delivered within the screen.

The In-Depth SAMR Self-Assessment

The In-Depth SAMR Self-Assessment is used to analyze the depth of SAMR in specific areas of a lesson.  Here are some key features:

  • Focuses on a specific lesson, activity, or project.
  • Results are immediately delivered to the user’s email in an editable Google Doc.
  • Offers suggestions, tech tools, and next steps for lesson planning.

Are you interested in seeing these self-assessments in action?  Watch the video below!

Ready to try it out for yourself?  Go to www.boostedu.org to start!


Have you used the BoostEDU Self-Assessments?  If so, I would love to hear your thoughts below! 🙂

3 thoughts on “BoostEDU: SAMR Self-Assessment Overview

  1. Hi Meagan! This is a great tool! I’m wondering if you have put any thought into expanding its possibilities to reach younger students? I know you teach high school and this tool would defiantly be benificial to middle and high school teachers. I can see many elementary teachers benefiting as well, but I got a lower score than I would have anticipated because of the note taking, reading, and writing questions. Which don’t exactly apply to elementary teachers the same way as middle and high school. Thoughts?

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