How I Use It
I teach 8th grade science and create "mobs" (playlists) with pre or post assessment or reflection exercises. I have also created playlists for individual students based on (a) learning styles, multiple intelligences, and abilities (thus, individualized learning) and (b) students' interests (thus, personalized learning). Last year, I used it for all my classes (6th Science, 7th Math, and 8th Science). What I really liked was both the flexibility of the software to create individualized playlists and the analytics so that I can see how each of my students were progressing through the playlists. While the building of the playlists are fairly easy (especially with the Chrome App) what I wish would be better design is the actual building process. Right now, it's linear in that each step is in a list and it is very hard to see the whole playlist at once. However, I have found Mentormob staff to be very open to new ideas and they are trying to implement them. Finally, there is a growing group of educators who are working on promoting MentormobEDU's blog on Education and EdTech. Overall it's a great product and company and the staff are awesome!
MentormobEDU allows teachers to gather, organize, personalize, and individualize learning experiences for students. Teachers (and students) can create playlists by capturing content off the web or uploading directly from their computers. Then, they can organize the content based on the goal: (a) content (b) skill (c) individualized or (d) personalized instruction. For a small fee, teachers can create playlists and share them with specific students based on the criteria previously mentioned. THey can also add assessment steps in the form of check ins, check outs, quizzes, and pre/post assignments. Furthermore, the paid service provides analytics for teachers and students by enabling both to see progress made by each student in each playlist. It's a great tool for flipped or direct instruction as it can be accessed both at home and school (the android/Iphone capabilities are limited only in the sense that the analytics don't always pick up the usage (that is, a student can watch a step but Mentormob will not capture that the student is watching). It's a great tool for personalized and individualized student driven learning as I can create individualized playlists, or have students jump around a playlist based on their learning styles, multiple intelligences, and interests. It has enabled me to move from the "sage" in the classroom to the facilitator!