February 10th, 2014
Students just learn better when teachers use short-cycle formative assessments to guide student learning. That’s what we believe and that’s what the data shows. A district piloting MasteryConnect recently shared this research with the MasteryConnect team, so we wanted to share it with you!
The 2007 benchmark study by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics found that when formative assessments were used between units during a school term, those assessments produced “greater increases in students’ achievements than class-size reduction or increases in teachers’ content knowledge.”
Teachers need smaller class sizes and constant learning, don’t get us wrong. But this study underscores the critical role of formative assessment work in the classroom!
In the study, student learning was doubled when compared to classes where formative assessments were not administered.
If you have a story to share about the impact of short cycle formative assessment at your school or district, we’d love to hear it!
Keep on Trackin’
The MasteryConnect Team
January 20th, 2014
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.
January 6th, 2014
MasteryAssess 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.
December 19th, 2013
We’ve just released some great improvements to bubble sheet creation and printing! The first thing you’ll notice is that bubble sheets now pre-load and are generated faster. You’ll also notice that bubble sheets look a little bit different when you print them. Don’t worry! they scan exactly the same, and your older bubble sheets you’ve already printed will continue to scan. Updating bubble sheet printing is a first step towards additional improvements we’ll be releasing in the near future. In addition, you can now download your bubble sheets as a pdf and save them for later. Check out the video below for a quick look at the new update, and keep on trackin’!
December 5th, 2013
We are happy to announce the launch of the MasteryAssess app for Windows devices. MasteryAssess is the new name for our popular BubbleSheet app, previously only available on iOS and Android. MasteryAssess allows students to take assessments directly on their tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices.
With a MasteryConnect account, teachers can create and upload assignments or assessments in any format (Word, PDF, Google Drive, etc) and then deliver them automatically to their students’ devices through the MasteryAssess app. After completion of an assessment, scores are instantly synced with a teacher’s mastery tracker, enabling real time interventions with students. Students receive immediate feedback about their learning relative to both state and Common Core standards.
What’s more, MasteryAssess is more than just multiple choice items, and can be used in a variety of ways. The app also supports Technology Enhanced Items (TEIs) such as those that will soon appear on PARCC and SBAC assessments.
Click here to get the MasteryAssess app for Windows devices.
November 18th, 2013
We’ve reached another great milestone together. MasteryConnect now has a registered teacher in over 10,000 of the 14,000 districts in the country. We want to express our sincere thanks to all of you in our learning community. Because of you and thousands of other teachers and administrators just like you, MasteryConnect is impacting the lives of students everywhere. We continually marvel at the power and creativity of teachers everywhere sharing and collaborating around standards, common assessments, resources, and the daily formative data that is driven by professional learning communities. We strongly value the feedback of our community and will continue to innovate based on your suggestions. Thanks for being a part of this great journey as we impact student outcomes together.
Keep on Trackin’
Mick Hewitt, CEO
October 29th, 2013
MasteryConnect now supports uploading your assessments from Google Drive and DropBox. It’s so simple, check out this quick video on how:
October 15th, 2013
Check out this quick introduction video to curriculum map collaboration! Building curriculum maps with your team just got a whole lot easier…
September 24th, 2013
We’ve heard your requests for multiple teachers to be able to collaborate around a single tracker! You can now easily add collaborators to trackers that you create. Learn more by watching a quick demonstration video below.
September 24th, 2013
Our CEO, Mick Hewitt, recently spoke about the changing education technology landscape and the influences of the Common Core at a VLAB event at the Stanford Business School. VLAB is the San Francisco chapter of the MIT Forum at Stanford University. The night got kicked off with Mick’s short presentation that highlighted the changing market in education technology and the opportunities and challenges presented by the Common Core for entrepreneurs. The night went on to include a rousing panel discussion that included Karen Lien from ImagineK12, David Reilly from Sequioa Union High School District, Lane Rankin from Illuminate Education, and Scott Drossos of Pearson. Lauren Hepler highlighted the events of the night in the Silicon Valley Business Journal article, “Online Kindergarten? Tech bets on K-12 Disruption”.