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					  Best Practices for Syncing and Assessing with mCLASS®:DIBELS Next on Apple products
                                and Windows-based products

Apple products:                   iPad (I & II), iPod Touch, MacBook, MacBook Pro
Windows-based products:           Laptops, Netbooks & Desktops running on Windows Operating
                                  Systems

  I.   Use of mCLASS® Username and Password

IMPORTANT: After each Assessor has finished Benchmarking their students’ on the Assessment
page (https://mclasshome.com/assessment/), the handheld/mobile device (laptops, netbooks, tablets,
pads, etc.) must be synced to the mCLASS® website (https://www.mclasshome.com) and verified
that the latest results are displaying correctly BEFORE sharing the handheld/mobile device with
another assessor.

Sometimes, to avoid the use of multiple usernames and passwords, the same username and
password is shared amongst multiple users. This is NOT RECOMMENDED! However, if this is done,
when more than one of the users sync at the same time using the same username and password, the
results are unpredictable. One sync session will go through and the rest may fail and sooner or later,
assessment results will be lost.

To avoid this, the Best Practice is:
The mCLASS® username and password is unique to everyone and should not be shared between
multiple devices and users. This means that no one should use a single username and password
across multiple users/devices.

 II.   Synchronizing (Syncing) Less Than 100 Students

To optimize your syncing experience, we would like to share some tips and best practices that we
recommend you employ. Please limit the number of students on your device to 100. This allows you
to have the best, optimal sync performance.

If you have a high volume of students on your device, (more than 100) please be advised that you
may receive a message to re-attempt your sync during non-peak hours. Non-peak hours are before
9am and after 3pm EST, Monday through Friday.

If you are using the Offline Web Application (example: mCLASS®:DIBELS Next), on an Apple iPad or
iPod Touch or in Google Chrome or Safari for Windows, you may be prompted to choose which
classes to sync so that syncing can be divided into groups of less than 100 students.

Additionally, users should sync their mobile devices as often as possible. If a Wi-Fi connection is
available, users should sync after a few assessments has been done (it is not necessary to wait until
all assessments are done).
WARNING: With mCLASS®:DIBELS Next and any other Offline Web Application (OWA), all
completed Benchmark assessments are stored in the web browser itself (Google Chrome or Safari)
until the user syncs. If browser’s history, cache (memory) or cookies are cleared AFTER assessing
but BEFORE a sync has been performed, all unsynced student assessment data will be permanently
lost. A school may use an Internet browser setting that automatically clears the browser when it is
closed. Network administrators should disable the browser’s automatic cache, cookie, and history
clearing settings and confirm it does not automatically delete any locally saved assessment data.


III.   Sharing of Mobile Devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, pads, etc.)

Managing the number of students on your mobile device to 100 or below will improve your sync
performance and reduce the likelihood of your sync abilities being negatively impacted. This is done
in an environment when the access to multiple devices is limited. mCLASS® does not recommend
this practice because of the heightened risk for data loss.

To avoid this, the Best Practice is:
If there is a need to share the handheld/mobile device, please sign in with your own mCLASS®
username and password into the Assessment page (https://mclasshome.com/assessment/) first, sync
the handheld/mobile device immediately afterwards and then verify that the latest assessment scores
that are on the device are also online on (https://www.mclasshome.com).

				
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