Classroom Mosaic, created by self-funded start-up Benty LLC., is a digital classroom observation tool for teachers and administrators. Created in 2011 by two high school seniors, Tyler Smith and Ben Gustafson, Classroom Mosaic enables teachers and administrators to create custom observation templates, input observation feedback in real time through their website or mobile iOS app. Users can then digitally submit observation forms and track observation data overtime.
Currently most users are school administrators, however teachers can use the product for their own peer to peer observations. When a new user logs in, he or she creates an account and either types in the names of the teachers who will be using the tool, or imports a file that will automatically upload the teachers’ names. Default observation templates are available for those looking to get started quickly. Alternatively an unlimited amount of custom templates can be created by simply following the template-builder wizard. Users can choose any combination of pre built features from a bank including linear scales, drop down menus, text boxes, percentage and ratio counters, timers, and uploading images.
When a user is ready to conduct an observation all he or she has to do is go to the website or app, login, select the teacher’s name, select the template, and select “start observation”. When the observation is complete, he or she can immediately save or submit the observation form.
Upon submission an email notification is immediately sent to the teacher who was observed prompting the teacher to login to their dashboard to review the observation feedback and respond with comments. Permission rights govern who can see and edit these forms which are stored online, but can also be saved locally, turned into PDFs, or printed. The platform currently tracks and reports the number of observations conducted by school, department, and teacher as well as the duration of observations.
Administrators or teachers can purchase a subscription for $10 per teacher per year. A slight discount is provided for multi-year subscriptions. The product is currently used in 400 schools across 60 district, mostly in South Carolina.
Classroom Mosaic can be used on iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch devices using iOS 6.0 or later, or any web-enabled device. In 2013 v2.0 of Classroom Mosaic was released which included code updates to improve reliability and an updated website.
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