Assessing Digital Learning Environments #samr #txeduchat

Update: Is SAMR a scam?

As Texas educators know, especially those in K-12 public school districts, House Bill 5 (Texas) introduces a new component to the state accountability system that requires each district to report to TEA and make publicly available a self-­evaluation of the district and each campus in the area of community and student engagement. 

Although the LOTI has been used in a variety of ways, some are hoping to use something that consider the Dr. Ruben Puentadura's SAMR Model, represented beautifully by this diagram below, even though SAMR is no longer in vogue among those in the know:

Take a look at this interactive image.

As you know, House Bill 5 Introduces a new component to the state accountability system that requires each district to report to TEA and make publically available a self-­evaluation of the district and each campus in the area of community and student engagement. 

It specifically requires a local committee to establish criteria that will be used to issue a rating to the district and each campus of exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or unacceptable for both overall performance and on 9 individual factors that include: 

  1. fine arts;
  2. wellness and P.E.; 
  3. Texas Association of School Administrators 16 community and parental involvement, i.e. tutoring programs or participation in community service projects;
  4. 21st Century Workforce Development program;
  5. second language acquisition program;
  6. digital learning environment;
  7. dropout prevention strategies;
  8. educational programs for gifted and talented students; and
  9. record of district and campus compliance with statutory reporting and policy requirements.
(Source: TASA HB5 Summary)

Rather than use a rubric to collect data Digital Learning Environment in district schools, some districts may want to use an instrument available at no charge and whose data could serve multiple goals in addition to HB5 requirement. 

To address item #6--Digital Learning Environment--two instruments are available and whose data could serve multiple goals (e.g. Texas ePlan, outline key areas of need for professional learning for instructional staff) in addition to HB5 requirement. Both have the expectation that individual professional instructional staff at campuses (and in Curriculum) would complete a 15-20 minute online survey. 

1) Digital Age Survey (Levels of Teaching Innovation (LOTI)) - This instrument assesses 5 factors, including 1) Digital work and learning; 2) Digital-age learning experience and Assessments; 3) Student learning and creativity; 4) Professional growth and leadership; 5) Digital citizenship and responsibility. 
Cost: There is a cost for obtaining the aggregate district and campus assessment reports. A cost quote has been requested.
My Experience: I have seen it (and used it) in several Texas districts and recommend it. This instrument is widely used, reliable and valid (in research terms), and worthwhile.  It is specifically aligned to ISTE's Digital Age Learning.

2) Apple's Education Technology Profile (ETP) - This instrument, available from Apple, would also provide insight into District's professional learning needs in regards to digital learning. "The Education Technology Profile is a 15-minute online self-assessment that gathers information about educators’ technology skills and infusion practices within an institution, school, or district. The resulting data is aligned to Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model,* and provides education leaders information that spotlights faculty strengths and professional development opportunities." 

Only aggregate reports are available per building and district-wide reporting would not be available. 

Cost: No cost.
My Experience: I have not used this instrument.

Another approach is to rely on the School Technology and Readiness (STaR) Chart data that has been gathered this Fall. It's not a valid/reliable measure, nor aligned to digital age learning environments  but Texas school districts wouldn't have to ask their teachers to do anything else.

Some of the results look like this, but there's a lot more not shown...this should just give you a taste of the ETP instrument from Apple:

Other school districts--such as Alvin ISD--are taking approaches like this, designing their own rubrics:

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