How I Use It
Mastery Connect's most useful tool is the ability to search standards at the touch of a finger. I have the app on my iPad, and when I am planning, it is so much easier to reference the standards by strand on the app. That is my favorite feature by far! If you access it on their website, there are a lot of features that you can use. It is set up as a social network for teachers to be able to share assessments, follow each other, pin resources (the same idea as pinterest), and you can set up a common core grade book for your students. With the paid version you can create curriculum maps with the resources on the site, track data trends and even get the computer to grade a bubble scan test.
While I really applaud the idea behind the social network set-up of mastery connect and the opportunities to collaborate, it is not a site that will become part of my PLC because the assessments and other resources that are being shared are not of high quality. The set up of the tools on mastery connect are most conducive to scan-tron, fill-in-the-bubble, regurgitation-type tests, and those are the things that teachers are sharing on this website.
The bottom line is that I love being able to easily pull out a strand of the common core standards using the mastery connect app, but the website tools will need to be geared more toward higher level thinking assessments and resources before it will be a useful collaborative digital tool that I add to my toolbox.