Review by Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Education | Updated July 2015

Mindprint Learning

Expert feedback and tools designed for individual learner profiles

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  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking
  • College & Career Prep

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Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
2-12
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Pros: An incredible number of resources, strategies, and suggestions for teachers and parents based on a student's learning strengths and challenges.

Cons: The sheer amount of information provided might be overwhelming for some.

Bottom Line: This extraordinary tool uses normed digital assessments to create a specific learning profile and provide authentic tools for individual learners.

If students take the assessment, teachers can readily identify learning profiles for each class. It may be helpful in pairing students for collaborative work, or it may help guide instructional practices. In a class of students with strong visual memory but weaknesses in verbal memory, you may use photographs, cartoons, or videos to teach difficult material instead of utilizing lecture or text-heavy instruction. For those struggling with processing or working memory​, teachers might also explore the student toolboxes to identify strategies for increasing reading comprehension scores. Each report provides a thorough explanation of what a delay in each skill looks like and how to combat that in the classroom.

Even without a formal assessment, you might use the free resources provided by Mindprint Learning. The study checklists provide tools and strategies for reluctant readers, for reluctant writers, and for developing insight through questioning. There are also student-centered tip sheets that might be helpful for older students.

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To fully engage in what Mindprint Learning offers, students first take an online assessment to measure strengths and challenges. This research-based assessment was developed by the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. For a fifth-grade student, it tests different types of memory, processing speed, attention, flexible thinking, verbal and abstract reasoning, and spatial perception using game-based and timed tests. The entire battery takes about one hour and allows students to max out on tests that are too difficult or if they struggle to finish a task. After completing the assessment, users wait about one week for a psychologist to review the data and formulate the student's profile. 

The report includes a brief section about the potential role anxiety and depression play in learning and how to discuss the results with the student. Mindprint Learning then creates a list of targeted resources and tools to help the student develop his or her challenge areas. These resources include games, iOS apps, websites, and learning strategies that might be useful for parents and teachers. Even without a formal assessment, teachers and parents can find resources and expert advice for targeted learning profiles. Articles, definitions, resources for giftedness, and study checklists are available at no cost.

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The site's three-step approach to successful learning is great: Assess where you are, identify strengths and challenges, and take action. The toolbox is individualized, intentional, and robust. The report is written in relatively simple language to help parents and educators make sense of the complex results. A disclaimer reminds users that the report is not designed to replace a psycho-educational evaluation and does not include a diagnosis of a learning difference.

Mindprint Learning empowers users to find language to connect to their learning experiences. The potential for metacognitive development (learning how they learn) in older students may guide them to take ownership of their educational success. This information is also useful for parents who want to help their children learn to self-advocate and engage in meaningful conversation with teachers and school professionals.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Mindprint Learning provides thorough information about learning profiles and assessment evaluation, which will primarily engage parents and teachers.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Both the assessment protocol and the resources provided by Mindprint Learning are created and supported by licensed psychologists and child development professionals.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Each user's profile includes a summary of academic and cognitive benefits, concerns, and psychologist recommendations. Plus, there's a list of tips for troubleshooting different learning needs.


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Ashley Kemper STEM Project Manager

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