New Year, New Online PD

September 13th, 2017

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We’ve refreshed our Online PD video courses to make sure you have everything you need to get the most from MasteryConnect in your classroom. We’ve updated 24 lessons, and added brand-new courses—like one dedicated to MC Teacher App!

Whether you’re new to MasteryConnect, or just need an after-summer refresher to sharpen your skills, our team will walk you through step-by-step instructions, advice, and tips in on-demand video tutorials. Check out the list below to see which lessons have been revised with the latest and greatest MasteryConnect info for the new school year.

 

Introduction Course

  • Navigation
  • Community
  • Create a Tracker
  • Create a Tracker from a Curriculum Map
  • Tracker Basics
  • Add a Community Assessment
  • Raw Scores Assessment
  • Performance Grader
  • Deliver an Offline Assessment
  • Deliver an Online Assessment
  • Reports

 
Intermediate Course

  • Item Banks
  • Rubrics
  • Resource Pins
  • Creating Curriculum Maps

 
Item Banks Course

  • Introduction

 
MC Mobile Apps Course

  • Introduction
  • Teacher App – Scoring
  • Teacher App – Sorting

 
MC Leadership Course

  • Manage Accounts
  • Community
  • Delivering Benchmarks
  • Overview

 
To get MC lessons anytime, anywhere, launch Online PD from the ? at the top of your MasteryConnect home screen.

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Back-to-School Tips from MC Pros

September 8th, 2017

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Another school year has kicked into full gear! At MasteryConnect, we’re proud to be a part of your classroom, and we want you to have the best MC experience possible.

Today our team of support gurus share their best tips to help you go back in style with our curriculum and assessment tools.

 


 

Locate Internal Support

It’s likely that your school or district has designated an internal employee to be the first line of support for you and your fellow teachers. They may have very specific resources or training opportunities.

To see your internal support contact and their contact info, click on the question mark icon next to your name in your MasteryConnect interface.

 

Get to Know Online PD

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Did you know you have on-demand MC professional development anytime, anywhere? Our Online PD courses offer a slew of instructional videos that provide detailed instructions for MC. Use Online PD videos to find answers about the software, get a quick refresher after a long (but not long enough!) summer, or practice putting all of these pieces into action. And we have updated video content for the year, as well as new courses—like MC for mobile devices.

Access Online PD by logging into your MasteryConnect account and clicking the ? icon at the top right of the page next to your name.

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Search Our Help Center

Our Help Center is stocked full of articles to walk you through any aspect of MasteryConnect. Build your MC superpowers with step-by-step instructions on just about any topic.

Access the Help Center articles by logging into your MasteryConnect account and clicking the matrix at the top right of the page next to your name.

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Make Necessary Firewalls Fixes

A strict firewall can block or interrupt MC. Your school or district’s IT team will need to ensure all required websites are accessible from your network.

View all domains that need to be whitelisted in this help article.

 

Update GradeCam

GradeCam saves you loads of time when it comes to grading stacks of bubble sheets. To make sure this magical scanning goes off without a hitch, be sure you GradeCam plugin is updated to the latest version.

Get the latest plugin and test your GradeCam settings, visit: downloads.gradecam.com

And view our GradeCam troubleshooting guide. Most issues can be resolved by the steps in that guide, like uninstalling and installing the plugin. (Another good tip: make sure the assessment you’re scanning for has an active Test ID.)

 

Update Your Browser

The MasteryConnect site is always tested on the latest and greatest versions of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. That’s why it’s best to keep your browser version updated.

View details on our browsers and hardware specifications here.

 


 

Submit Support Tickets

If you are unable to find answers to your questions in Help Center articles or Online PD videos, you can submit and manage a support ticket from the Help Center.

The ticket system allows you to

  • See your open tickets in a single view
  • Add comments to your tickets
  • Add screenshots
  • View additional ticket details like status and assignee

Submit a support ticket by following these steps:
1. After you login to MasteryConnect, click Help below the main navigation bar.

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2. The Help Center will open in a separate browser. Click on your name again and select My Requests.

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3. From this page, you’ll be able to manage any submitted tickets. At a glance, you can see when the ticket was created, the last time there was any activity on it, and the current status.

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5. Here, you can see your original request and all communication concerning it. If the ticket has been assigned, you’ll also see the name of the support team member who’s handling it.

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6. When you’re done, click the MasteryConnect logo to return to the Help Center, or close the browser window to continue working.

 


 

We hope you’ve had a great start to the school year, and here’s to tracking mastery in ‘17-’18!

Free Webinar

 

Thursday, July 27th
11AM (MDT)

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Learn how to use research-based principles to understand and gain actionable information from your formative data. We will identify must-have reports, and we will introduce an instructional strategy that uses higher order thinking as part of the formative assessment process.

You’ll hear

  • The defining features of formative assessment and the formative assessment cycle
  • The garden analogy and why we should think of our students as plants
  • Indicators of what works best in raising student achievement
  • How to make sure teachers are using assessment data

 

Sign up at masteryconnect.com/kdswebinar

Get a single-page view of all trackers in a student’s progress report with new Summary Pages. Learn how this new option streamlines the Progress Report process for administrators.

 

 

For step-by-step instructions on Progress Reports, view our Help Center article.

Free Webinar

 

Thursday, July 13th
11AM (MDT)

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When Todd Theobald first entered the halls of his elementary building, he found himself principal of the only failing school in the district. A new state grading system had publically issued an “F” for the Title I school, and he had marching orders to perform what seemed like a miracle.

Join us for a one-hour webinar to hear how Todd and his team embraced the PLC process and boldly dug into data to turn things around in only one year—and how they’ve maintained growth ever since.

You’ll hear

  • The “Guarantee 3” strategy for standards…and why it works
  • Why certain students surprised everyone
  • The experiment that prompted principals to go back in the classroom
  • The recipe for focused collaboration and planning meetings
  • Why all data is good data (really)

 

Sign up at masteryconnect.com/datawebinar

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Roam free in your classroom, capturing more formative data whenever, wherever learning happens.

MasteryConnect supports over 2.5 million teachers with curriculum and assessment tools to drive student growth. And now, with the new Teacher App for iPhone, everything you need for performance-based and formative assessment fits right in your pocket.

 


 

  • Launch assessments right from your phone
  • Record authentic evidence of student learning with notes
  • Scan bubble sheets for instant grading
  • Use rubrics for student performances and projects

 


 


Watch how MasteryConnect Teacher App for iPhone keeps you moving.

Download on the App Store

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Did you know that MasteryConnect is now fully integrated with the Canvas LMS? That means it’s easier than ever to use MasteryConnect curriculum and assessment tools to measure and promote student growth. In addition to single sign-on and automatic data pass back, teachers can launch formative or benchmark assessments created from any of the million standards within the MasteryConnect platform—directly from the Canvas interface.

To highlight this new dynamite combo, we will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday, March 23rd. Canvas fans will see how MasteryConnect can help

  • Supercharge your PLC
  • Support a move to standards-based or mastery grading
  • Expand your formative assessment footprint
  • Align and map your curriculum to standards
  • Integrate benchmark/interim assessments into the formative process

The webinar will be co-hosted by MC Chief Learning Officer Trenton Goble and Regional Sales Leader James Seaman, both veteran K-12 educators.

Sign up at masteryconnect.com/canvaslti

 

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Resources to Master MasteryConnect

Want to sharpen your MasteryConnect skills? Have a question about a specific feature? Good news! You can learn all the ins and outs of MasteryConnect with these online resources.

 


 

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Professional Development On Demand

MasteryConnect Online PD has a library of instructional videos that will take you step by step through MC assessment and curriculum features. And, because Online PD is available on demand, you can learn anytime, anywhere!

Just click on any online PD link or icon in your MasteryConnect account. Then choose the videos and topics you would like to view.

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Visit the Help Center!

The MC Help Center is always there with hundreds of articles that will guide you through nearly everything in MasteryConnect. Launch the Help Center by clicking on the ? icon in the top green navigation bar.

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Once you’re in the Help Center, peruse articles by topic or use the handy search bar to find exactly what you need.

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Just a Reminder

Support requests can no longer be sent to support@masteryconnect.com. Get the help you need by using any of the resources above.

Please Stand By

October 21st, 2016

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Hello All,

Some of you may have experienced widespread issues across the internet today. MasteryConnect, along with numerous popular sites, were affected by this outage.

“As of around 12 PM ET, Dyn says it’s investigating another DDOS attack, and is continuing to attempt to ‘mitigate’ the issue. Box, Twitter, and other sites appear to be down again. The White House press secretary has also said that the Department of Homeland Security is investigating the attacks.” – TechCrunch

These unexpected outages are not part of a site maintenance situation.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

– The MasteryConnect Team

Click here for more coverage on the issue:
https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/21/many-sites-including-twitter-and-spotify-suffering-outage/

Evidence Capture

October 17th, 2016

With Halloween on the horizon, nails on chalkboard isn’t the only classroom activity sending shivers down spines; students everywhere shudder when they hear: “Explain Why,” “Show Your Work,” and “Justify Your Answer.”

Fortunately, we ghosts and goblins at MasteryConnect believe that capturing evidence of student learning isn’t always as ghoulish as it sounds. Being able to show student thinking during performance-based assessments helps teachers personalize learning and target individual needs.

MasteryConnect’s new evidence capture feature for Teacher App makes it easy and fun for teachers to capture learning as it happens, wherever it happens using your iPad! Easily snap photos of student work and add notes during field trips, performances, or other non-traditional settings—ideal for project-based learning.

‘Cause let’s be real, here… just putting down an answer isn’t always enough—sometimes students have to show what they know!

 

 

 

 

“MasteryConnect’s Teacher App with evidence capture has revolutionized mastery learning in my classroom,” says Kelly D’Annolfo, an 8th grade teacher from Highland Middle School in Medina, Ohio. “Having the ability to take photos of student work supports everything we do—from special education to parent-teacher conferences. We are finally able to provide visible, tangible evidence of student learning all in one place.”

This new feature bolsters MasteryConnect’s already robust capabilities, helping teachers to gather in-the-moment formative evidence of student work which can then be effortlessly and instantly shared with parents, teachers, and administrators.

Evidence capture to drive student growth… it’s so good, it’s spooky!

For more information about how to use evidence capture, check out our Help Center article here.