The Quiet Wow of ScootPad

Those of you who follow my blog know that I have been using ScootPad for years with my family. Long enough that my son’s username is his first name without any numbers. One might say he’s as much an expert on ScootPad as I am. :) And although I have mentioned the platform to a number of his teachers at his school, none have ever followed through.

So I was interested when my son came home from school the other day and told me he’d had free time in his technology class and so he asked the teacher if he could log in to ScootPad and do some exercises. I was impressed at his initiative, impressed at his independence, and impressed at his work ethic.

I was even more impressed when he told me the reaction of the other kids in his class. As he was doing a practice (a practice mind you, not a game or looking at the leaderboard or posting on the class wall…simply doing a practice), the other kids all gathered around him.

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“Wooow!” they oogled. “What are you doing?”

‘ScootPad’ my son said matter-of-factly. After all, it’s nothing so amazing for him. But it was to them.

And it reminded me that we are at the start of a fresh new year school year and we have fresh new opportunities to offer this simple but ‘wow!’ platform to our students for fun while learning.

What ways have you rediscovered the WOW of ScootPad?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

NEW: Easily Send Reports to Parents

Now it’s easier than ever to keep parents engaged and involved in student learning! We’ve added a new feature for teachers so they can send student reports such as Mastery Progress Report, Spelling Assignment Report, Standards Assessment Report & Behavior Report to parents with just a few clicks.

How it Works

If you don’t already have parents linked on ScootPad, simply add the parent email address and click Add as shown below.

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Select the students whose parents you want to send the reports to and then click “Email Report To Parents”.

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Not only will you be keeping parents in the loop, but you will also be saving your valuable time. Go paper-less & save trees!

For step-by-step instructions on how to email student reports to parents, please click below:

How to email the Mastery Progress Report to parents?
How to email the Spelling Assignment Report to parents?
How to email the Standards Assessment Report to parents?
How to email the Behavior Report to parents?

As always, we’re interested in your feedback, so feel free to send us your ideas, suggestions and comments.

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

ScootPad for Data Pull

Today was a non-contact day for us in Denver Public Schools. Yesterday as well. We spent the last 2 days thinking about and digging into our Interim assessment data. I found it frustrating. I wanted the district to give us data in a spreadsheet or format like we get with ScootPad. I wanted to click a button or two and have the analysis done and at my fingertips: “These students need support in this concept; see? the little bar is red and we’ve pulled enough data to be confident in their struggle.”

From a single click I can see who in my class needs extra work on this. So easy! :)

From a single click I can see who in my class needs extra work on this. So easy! :)

Truth be told, being the GT teacher, I don’t administer or score the interim. But I know the ways the district wants all of us to use them, as data mines for information about what’s working with our teaching and what is not. What our students are learning and what they are not. All good stuff. But I still wish I could see with the interim data what I can see in my ScootPad portal.

It's easy to see where this student is struggling.

It’s easy to see where this student is struggling.

 

It would let me use my data dig time to quickly get to the “so what” of data: how to use the numbers to improve student learning.

How does ScootPad compare to the data digs your district is expecting?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

Scratchpad Mania!

I am so pleased with the new Scratchpad on ScootPad! It’s not perfect (at least, working with a mouse on any scratchpad is not perfect!), but the new overlay gives both students and teachers a terrific learning tool!

Take the challenging area problems in the 3rd grade learning path for example. Trying to copy over the shapes and add the necessary information was always cumbersome and made learning how to solve the problems even more difficult for my students. More than simply electronic paper, the new scratchpad is a versatile tool overlaying atop the problem itself. Thus, using the scratchpad actually allows me to easily show students the various steps and allows them to learn the skill much faster.

Take Susiana’s work, below. With the overlay ability, I can draw brackets, extra lines, color coded fill ins, etc. Doing so allows me to demonstrate step-by-step how to break apart and solve these challenging problems. Within only a few minutes, the small group I was working with on these problems began to independently solve them. Last year, when I did the same lesson, it took 2-3 sessions to bring about the same level of learning!

Using the overlay feature and color coding, I can more easily facilitate student understanding and learning!

Using the overlay feature and color coding, I can more easily facilitate student understanding and learning!

 

For Jaimina, who often loses count when looking at grids or patterns on the computer, the overlay is the perfect solution! She simply counts as she goes, without having to keep track, redraw, or try another means which adds time, complication, and the possibility of increased careless mistakes.

The overlay feature lets students keep track of information more easily.

The overlay feature lets students keep track of information more easily.

 

How are you using the new Scratchpad?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

Behavior Feature Improvements

We have made some great improvements to the behavior feature! Teachers and parents can now review & print behavior reports, and they can edit & delete recorded behaviors. Teachers can easily email behavior reports to parents with just a few clicks!

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Get a quick idea of where your class stands with our proficiency graph. Hover over each section to see the number of behaviors recorded.

Reports

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Use the Student Behavior Report to get a more in-depth look at each student’s behavior history.

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 With just a few clicks, send the Student Behavior Report to parents!

Update Recorded Behaviors

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Now you can easily update and delete existing recorded behaviors.

For more information on the behavior feature, please review our help articles: http://help.scootpad.com/knowledgebase/topics/41156-behavior-management

As always, we’re interested in your feedback, so feel free to send us your ideas, suggestions and comments.

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Assessment Enhancements

We’re happy to announce that we have made some exciting changes to our Math and ELA assessments! Teachers and parents can now preview concepts, review assessment reports (and send these to parents), measure growth between assessments, review individual student responses, and assign concept improvement practice!

Concept Preview

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Want to see the types of questions students will be asked? Preview a sample question for concepts before adding to an assessment.

Reports

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See exactly how students performed by standard with the Standard Assessment Report.

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 Keep parents in the loop: with just a few clicks, you can send the Standards Assessment Report to all parents.

Measure Growth

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Measure growth between two assessments by student and by standard.

 Student Responses

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Gain deeper insight into student progress by seeing individual student responses on assessments.

Concept Improvement

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Easily assign concept improvement assignments from assessment results.

For further assessment instruction, please review our help articles: http://help.scootpad.com/knowledgebase/topics/63503-math-ela-assessments

As always, we’re interested in your feedback, so feel free to send us your ideas, suggestions and comments.

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Spelling Revamped with Games!

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We’re excited to release the new and improved spelling feature on ScootPad! Adding and monitoring spelling assignments is now easier than ever for teachers. The user interface for students has been greatly improved including support for voice on all devices. Also, kids can now practice spelling words as they play our engaging games.

Improvements For Teachers

With the new user interface, teachers can easily add new spelling assignments, view spelling results by assignment and by student, and send spelling assignments/reports to all parents (with just a few clicks)!

Improvements for Students

Students now have access to FUN NEW SPELLING GAMES with Word Match, Word Search, and Unscramble!

 

For step-by-step instructions on how to use the spelling feature, please visit: http://help.scootpad.com/knowledgebase/topics/21118-spelling-assignments

As always, we’re interested in your feedback, so feel free to send us your ideas, suggestions and comments.

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Spark Curiosity to Create Problem Solving Opportunities

I am always trying to find real world problems for my students to relate to and get excited by. I want them to see the value in learning and the ways it applies to everyday problems they seek to solve. I had the perfect opportunity arise the other day. When Samuel finished his ELA practice, he invited me over to see his success. I gave him a high-five and admired his hard work. Then he commented that it took him 689 seconds to do the set. “How long is that?” he asked curiously.

Curiosity can leads to all kinds of problem solving!

Curiosity can leads to all kinds of problem solving!

“Hmmm…I’m not sure. What do you think?” I posited, seeing if he would take the bait.

“Well…” He began.

I could see the wheels turning. Bingo! I knew I had him. He went on to apply logical thinking and applied reasoning to figure out how long the practice had taken him. I will admit, I was wondering myself why the time was in seconds, but I guess a little mystery and a bit of curiosity answers the question! Now how do I answer him when he asked why he didn’t get the full 20 coins??

What surprising ways have you been able to plug in problem solving with new features on ScootPad?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

Interactive Instruction Through Scootorials!

Within my GT (gifted and talented) groups, many of my students are second language learners. Thus, I have great diversity among my students, as some of the data points that qualify them for GT are non verbal intelligence scores, demonstrating their thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills independent of language. Still, even with Spanish resources available to them (like translate on Google), my class is rigorous and all in English. Thus I often have a wide array of learning paths among my students.

So how do I ensure that all my students continue to be challenged in a way that allows me to keep my sanity with all the different levels in my room and across my program? Adjustable learning levels and Scootorials! When my students get to their dashboard, they can click on suggested Scootorials.

When my students go to their dashboard, they can see recommended Scootorials.

When my students go to their dashboard, they can see recommended Scootorials.

Even better, I love the way the Scootorials are integrated into the learning path honeycombs! Below is Elwin’s honeycomb from his ELA path. His strengths and struggles are obvious, which allows him to see for himself what  doing well in and where he needs more support to learn. And then, right there, without having to raise his hand, ask for help, let anyone know what his struggles are, is the Scootorial! Private, accessible, individuated.

Without having to call attention to himself (and without me needing to provide an overabundance of learning support) Elwin can continue to learn and grow in his areas of struggle.

Without having to call attention to himself (and without me needing to provide an overabundance of learning support) Elwin can continue to learn and grow in his areas of struggle.

Both he and I can breathe a sigh of relief!

How do Scootorials serve your students?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

Using Learning Path Honeycombs to Drive Self-Motivation

One of my goals is to have my students be more engaged in their own outcomes. I am only with them about an hour a week, so I need them to be self-motivated to keep learning and pushing themselves. Since I can’t be with them very often, I love how ScootPad can act as the “virtual teacher,” letting kids know how they are progressing, thus allowing them to take ownership over their own outcomes.

Enter ScootPad honeycombs: below is the math honeycomb my top student sees when she opens her learning path. For her, she is always at the top of the class. Compared to her peers, she has very little to learn within the typical curriculum. However, that does not mean she has very little to learn in the greater scheme of her own education!  One thing I have done is put her in a level above other students, and above the typical curriculum. Here she can see that indeed there are challenges for her, like any other student.

Math honeycomb of my top student, being challenged at a level above the other students.

Math honeycomb of my top student, being challenged at a level above the other students.

Even more interesting for her is her ELA honeycomb:

With their honeycomb, even my best students can see where they can grow and achieve!

With their honeycombs, even my best students can see where they can grow and achieve!

Despite being ahead of her peers, even my most advanced student can easily see where she is relative to herself, and can motivate her own drive to learn and excel. The learning path selection for her also lets her remain challenged relative to others her own age and grade, despite the fact that those students are not at her school. She is in 5th grade now, and will be moving to an advanced program at the middle school. It’s important she be able to continue to be challenged relative to the wider world she will soon be entering.

I may not be able to provide her these peers to challenge her within our classes. However, with ScootPad, I can still provide her the experiences that allow her to challenge herself, and to see herself within a larger virtual community of learners ready for more!

How do you help your best students continue to grow and thrive?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

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