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.

 

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’!

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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.

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Download BubbleSheet (soon to be named MasteryAssess as well) on your Apple or Android device.

10kDistricts

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
MasteryConnect

MasteryConnect now supports uploading your assessments from Google Drive and DropBox. It’s so simple, check out this quick video on how:

Check out this quick introduction video to curriculum map collaboration! Building curriculum maps with your team just got a whole lot easier…

Tracker Collaboration is Here!

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.

VLABOur 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”.

Trenton Goes to Tinian

September 11th, 2013

In 2009, MasteryConnect began as a radical idea to help teachers focus on mastery learning and share formative assessments tied to standards. Just four short years later, Mastery Connect now includes teachers in over 30,000 schools in 9,000 school districts in 10 different countries, and now the island of Tinian.

MasteryConnect’s Chief Academic Officer, Trenton Goble, recently journeyed to the remote island in the Pacific to train an intrepid group of teachers on how to use live classroom data to impact student performance.  Check out his journey in this short video:


On the way home, Trenton penned the following lines about his experience:

“It was the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only is Tinian a spectacular island with stunning beaches and turquoise lagoons but it has a rich culture and history. Tinian was the site of some of the most dramatic events of World War II history. But by far the highlight of the trip was the people I had the chance to meet.

“Tinians are remarkably generous and accepting. Young and old, working and unemployed, families and single people literally meet for dinner on the beach and share what they have with each other and perfect strangers like me.

“But in other ways, they’re just like the other parents and teachers I meet everywhere I go. They care tremendously for their kids and are very invested in their future success.

“At MasteryConnect, we believe strongly that education is a deeply personal endeavor and its about people. I’ll leave a better person, excited to go back and meet more teachers and more students and continue the work that we do at MasteryConnect.”