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MasteryConnect

By Sally Finley - Posted May 1, 2015
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Company: MasteryConnect. 222 South Main, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101; 801-736-0258; website: masteryconnect.com

Price: Three levels offer a variety of features. The free subscription permits up to 10 questions with the grading tool. A single teacher subscription is $159 per year via credit card and offers up to 100 questions for grading. A school/district plan charges $7 per student. There is also a BubbleScore-only plan. Additional pricing options are available by calling 801-736-0258

Audience: K–12

Format: MasteryConnect is a web-based tool in the cloud.

Minimum System Requirements: MasteryConnect requires an up-to-date browser on a Mac or PC. GradeCam and BubbleSheet scanning require a simple browser plug-in that works on the iPad or iPod. The BubbleSheet app for the iPad or iPod handles student responses.

Description: MasteryConnect is a software tool for identifying levels of student understanding to improve learning and instruction by assessing and tracking mastery of state and Common Core standards.

 

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access is quick and easy using an up-to-date browser. Installation: A

Content/Features: An assessment suite provides teachers with a tool to build lesson plans around various standards. Teachers can use multiple-choice, rubrics, oral assessments, or writing assessment in any curriculum area. Assessments can be uploaded in any digital format including Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, or Open Office. Privacy controls let you decide who can share your assessments.

A free State Core Standards reference app for every state is available. MasteryConnect allows scanning of BubbleSheets. Resources can be uploaded to curriculum maps and pins can be shared with students. A drag-and-drop tool allows standards to be dropped into any sequence.

Simple reports and a mastery tracker identify students for tiered interventions.

District-created, teacher-created benchmark assessments, and third-party item bank content can be utilized.

Integrated standards-based reports provide information about mastery to parents and students.

The user can re-pin resources to individual pin boards. Uploaded images, docs, and videos can be taken from any website using the Pin Resource bookmarklet, Chrome extension, or pinning directly from a URL. Users can create a collection of pins based on alignment, class, material type, or any other category.

A personal learning community provides opportunities for sharing, sending private messages to other teachers, a newsfeed to stay current, and a personal profile page for each member of the community.

School/district reporting is designed to provide information for teachers, parents, and administration. Reports compare common assessment data, multi-standard and benchmark comparisons, and parent communication reporting of student mastery and student progress. Easy-to-read charts and graphs show progress of core standards that have been mastered. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Any computer with a web browser will work. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Support is available through online technical assistance, webinars, and on-site formats. Online video clips provide step-by-step tutorials for all users. A personalized demonstration is offered on request. Phone help is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST) at 801-736-0258. Free webinars and demos are offered online. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: MasteryConnect is a time-saving tool for busy teachers who are looking for a way to better track student learning quickly and efficiently with its instant grading tools—tablet, mobile device, web browser, and GradeCam BubbleSheet scanning. Data collected from these assessments give teachers an opportunity to compare and collaborate around data driven by common assessments. Students can be tested on a daily, monthly, or yearly basis. Teachers can reteach lessons that specific students didn’t understand. MasteryConnect helps teachers personalize learning and improves outcomes for students. Using the right technology, teachers will now be able to personalize education for their student. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Her email address is sallyfinley1@yahoo.com


 
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