Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Few Good Minutes With MasteryConnect

This afternoon after my presentation at The Literacy Promise conference here in Salt Lake City I stopped in at the offices of Mastery Connect who has helped to pay my bills for the last seven months. After accidentally crashing a meeting, I sat down with some of the team to talk about what they've been up to.

First some numbers about MasteryConnect, their free mobile app has been used by educators 5.6 million times to look up the Common Core standards for the grades and topics that they teach. You can get the app for iOS here and for Android here. MasteryConnect's web-based products are now used in more than 4,000 U.S. school districts.

I was able to get a hands-on demonstration of the parent view of MasteryConnect. One of the cool things about the parent view is that parents can see how their students have done on specific assessments tied to specific standards. Not only do parents see the assessment title, they can see the actual assessment activity itself (provided that the teacher has uploaded it). For math standards Khan Academy and Learn Zillion videos are linked to each standard so that parents and students can watch the videos that are connected to the standards the student needs to work toward meeting.

Here are a few posts that I've previously published about MasteryConnect:
Khan Academy Videos Mapped to Common Core Standards
Put Common Core Standards on Your Blog or Website
Try Mastery Connect for Lesson Materials Tied to Common Core Standards

Disclosure: MasteryConnect is an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers.