Extended Support Hours

August 21st, 2014

life-supportThe back to school season is an exciting time at MasteryConnect. We love to connect with you as you prepare for the school year and begin using our products again, and a special welcome to all that are new to MasteryConnect! Here’s hoping you have a banner year!

Using a new product can be exciting and rewarding but also intimidating and even scary at times but fear not, we are here to help! We are pleased to announce that we will be extending our support hours to 6am to 6pm MST during the back to school season (August 25th to October 1st).

6:00 am – 6:00 pm (MST) | Aug 25th to Oct 1st

We have a rockstar Support Team eager to help when you need it. They can answer questions, solve issues, predict the future and provide insight into some of life’s great mysteries, including the origin of the ketchup packet. That was our own Rich Rasmussen, who was attempting to summit Annapurna, carrying only fresh tomatoes, vinegar and an empty fun-size M&M wrapper. Thank you Rich. The world is a better place because of you.

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In addition to our extended support hours, we have developed a new HelpCenter packed full of articles and videos to ensure you get the most out of the MasteryConnect application.

To access the new HelpCenter or to contact the Support Team, navigate to your callout-a MasteryConnect home screen and click the callout-a Help sub-tab. From here you can either callout-a launch the help center or callout-a submit a support request.

 

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We hope these changes will make your transition back to the classroom and into your trackers as smooth and easy as possible. Welcome back to school and we looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Keep on Trackin!

Chris Anderson
Director – Customer Support

PS. ok, Rich didn’t invent the ketchup packet, but he uses them frequently and provides awesome customer support.

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Wondering if your students are on track, and understanding as you teach? What about the few that are not, or those that are losing focus because they are not challenged? With just a few clicks, you can launch Instant Response activities like quick polls, entrance / exit tickets short quizzes and even space races. It’s that easy to visualize student understanding in real time! With that intra-instruction feedback you can slow down, speed up, or personalize learning for student groups!

 

We totally understand the importance of smooth activity flow during your class, so we’ve seamlessly introduced Socrative engagement into your MasteryConnect experience.

 

There are three places within Masteryconnect to initiate Socrative.

 

1. From your home page select “Launch Socrative” located to the right of your newsfeed

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2. In the Top Navigation, click on your name, from any MasteryConnect page.

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3. From your MasteryTracker by clicking on those awesome Socrative Hexagons

 

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If you already have a Socrative account, then you’ll launch directly into your current room which houses all your Socrative content.

 

New to Socrative?

We’ve got you covered! Simply click on one of the three launching points mentioned above and we’ll instantly create a new account for you with your MasteryConnect email address. It’s that easy!

Learn more about Socrative.

 

Keep on Trackin’

Ben Berté
Co-founder Socrative

 

taylorMaliTaylor Mali hit the radar of almost every educator in the country in 2006 when a video clip of his poem, “What Teachers Make,” went viral.

The tone of defiance and message of empowerment and deep devotion to students captured the imagination of the over 7 million people who have viewed it. Over one thousand high school and college students who have viewed Mr. Mali’s poetry slams or read his subsequent book, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World, have directly credited Mr. Mali for inspiring them to become teachers.

So we are proud to announce that Taylor Mali will be featured at MasteryCon 2014, a conference devoted entirely to the principles of Mastery Learning and how they empower teachers to impact students. Mr. Mali will share Wednesday evening, July 16th, with us at a special champagne tent reception for MasteryCon attendees and their families. Each MasteryCon attendee will also be given a copy of Mr. Mali’s book signed by the author.

Book your MasteryCon 2014 registration now: www.masterycon.com

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MasteryConnect is pleased to announce a new partnership with Riverside Publishing to offer MasteryConnect customers the Assess2Know Item Bank.  This new offering will allow schools and districts to choose from and deliver over 17,000 Math items aligned to both state and Common Core Standards as well as over 23,000 items for English Language Arts.

To get more information, including pricing, contact your MC representative today!

We’re excited to announce a great new feature addition in curriculum maps! With curriculum map syncing, you can make changes to your curriculum maps, then easily update any connected trackers. Check out this quick video for all the details.

Item Bank Improvements

May 12th, 2014

MasteryConnect provides access to thousands of quality items from our content partners, NWEA, Pearson, and Riverside Publishing. Now we’ve made it easier than ever to use them in MasteryConnect assessments.

Check out this short video to see how it works!

So, you’re moving to standards based grading. You’re probably trying to decide how to replace traditional grades, and pouring countless hours into a report card redesign. Like many before you, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed, and your goal of maintaining a single page is looking impossible… unless you change the margins and use a size five font. You may also be worried about the teachers. Will they embrace this positive change, this new approach to learning? It will take more time, and will require them to explain the changes to parents. Don’t forget about parents! Many of them will wonder how their children will apply for college without a grade point average.

If you travel the same path as many others that have tried to implement standards based grading with a report card reflective of that instructional approach, you’ll likely end up with complex multi-page documents that are difficult and time consuming for teachers to complete. Additionally, many proponents of standards based grading are surprised to learn that many parents are slow to embrace the changes and prefer the simplicity of a letter grade.

masteryReportCardWhat if there was a better way? Could there be a better way? Yes!

After many months of research, and working with our District partners around the country, we released our mastery-based report card last September. We continued listening to our District partners, in the field, as they were implementing the report card. We learned a great deal, and are excited to announce the release of the first mastery-based report card to preserve the use of letter grades. We know you might be a little skeptical, but take a minute to consider the benefits. Our letter grades are not like your parents’ letter grades, and likely not like yours. They are a much different, and a much more accurate reflection of the level of a student’s understanding. Therefore, much stronger. Rather than reflecting extra credit, or penalizing students for being late, or unexcused absences, creating a complex formula, or averages, they are based on mastery. Yes, mastery. What the student knows, relative to the standard. The mastery grades are a reflection of knowledge and understanding.

Creating the grades is much less confusing as they are automatically calculated in a teacher’s mastery tracker using the percent of standards mastered during the grading period. You have complete control over the criteria for determining the cut scores for the letter grades and the best part is that the report card links right to teachers’ trackers.

If you have already moved away from letter grades, that’s ok too; we can customize the report card to match your current grading system. There really is a better way. Take a minute to look over the new report card and imagine the possibilities.

The BubbleSheet App allows teachers to deliver assessments to any mobile device.

Here are the key updates:

  • Support for SBAC and PARCC-aligned Technology Enhanced Items (TEIs)
  • Assess using items from NWEA, Pearson and HMH
  • Provide ability to give immediate feedback on assessment results to students

Watch the video to learn more about the updates!

 

Update your app today:

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MasteryConnect is proud to announce a partnership with Microsoft Education. Microsoft has an incredible history of supporting technology in education, and is recognized as a leader in providing solutions for educators. Out of the 17,000 education apps on the Microsoft platform, MasteryConnect will be one of six that are highlighted at the upcoming Florida Educational Technology Convention (FETC) and in other presentations throughout the country.

Here’s an awesome statement of support from the Microsoft VP of WW Education, Mr. Anthony Salcito (author of the widely-read DailyEdventures Blog).

“We’re excited to support student learning with MasteryConnect’s commitment to build on the Microsoft technology platform. MasteryConnect is an important partner and supports our focus to have a positive impact on student learning, and our education vision of anytime anywhere learning for all.”

Check out the video below highlighting MasteryConnect on the Microsoft Surface Tablet.

 

 

microsoftLogoMasteryAssess is Microsoft’s Windows 8 Education App of the Week!

The MasteryConnect assessment app “BubbleSheet” is getting a new name…MasteryAssess.  We’ve launched this recent name change to the app alongside the release on the Windows 8 platform.  The new MasteryAssess app is packed with improvements such as providing results immediately after submission of an assessment and support of technology enhanced items (TEI’s) – like drag and drop, inline choice, and other new enhanced item types.

For teachers, the new Windows 8 Surface Pro tablets let you take advantage of all the features of MasteryConnect including GradeCam functionality for bubble sheet scanning right from the tablet’s built-in camera.