Get Ready for Back-To-School on ScootPad!

Hey ScootPad Squad! Thanks for making the 2014-2015 school year such an awesome experience. As the new year approaches, here are some helpful action items for admins and teachers to get their new classrooms started on ScootPad.  We’ve compiled a checklist for each of you to consider as you transition to new school year.

In addition to these new features, we have scheduled FREE weekly webinars to help both admins and teachers get ready for Back-to-School.  Here is our schedule:
Teachers: Every Wednesday @ 1 PM PST and Thursday @ 3 PM PST
Admins: Every Wednesday @ 10 AM PST

Admins:
We’ve made some dramatic improvements to student data management this summer to help you take care of the yearly changes.  We understand that a new school year means new classrooms, new students, old students, new teachers, and etc. To help you prepare for these changes, we have created features that will archive all data, De-Dup (delete duplicate accounts), and improve bulk student upload.

Here are a few suggested steps you can take to prep for the new school year:

  1. Un-Enroll All Students – Student Historical Mastery Report data will remain.
  2. Delete All Classrooms – This will un-enroll students and delete classrooms. Historical Mastery Report data will remain.
  3. Create New Classrooms
  4. Delete Unwanted student accounts – Admins can view all students at a school and delete accounts that have never logged in or students that are not at your school/district this year
  5. De-Dup Students – This feature allows you to identify student accounts that may be duplicates (either through the bulk upload process or created by teachers)
  6. Bulk-Enroll students – into new classrooms or Print Class Codes and distribute to teachers for self enroll

Following these steps from your admin account will ensure your school rosters are cleaned up and prepared for the 2015-2016 school year.  Don’t forget to register for some free webinars, view step-by-step instructions, or start a Live Chat with us!

Teachers:
Teachers have two options when preparing for next school year and essentially can follow the same steps as admins, but on a smaller scale.  Teachers can now conveniently clean out and use their existing classroom, or start fresh with a new classroom and new students with less mouse clicks.

Clean out existing classroom and use it next year:

  1. Un-enroll students – This will remove your old students from your classroom so you can enroll your new class
  2. Change the name of your classroom
  3. Enroll new students using: Existing Student Accounts, New Student Accounts, Google Accounts, Schoology, LMS/SIS
  4. Change the Learning Path (grade level) of your classroom

Clean Slate – Delete your old classrooms and start fresh:

  1. Un-enroll students
  2. Delete classroom
  3. Create new classroom
  4. Enroll new students using: Existing Student Accounts, New Student Accounts, Google Accounts, Schoology, LMS/SIS

Following one of these options will ensure your classroom is ready to go for the 2015-2016 school year. Don’t forget to register for some free webinars, view step-by-step instructions,  or start a Live Chat with us!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Tea Area Schools replace several learning tools with ScootPad district-wide

We’re pleased to announce that Tea Area School District adopted ScootPad District-Wide, allowing the district to standardize learning for all students while saving money and gaining invaluable insight into student learning across the district.

Tea Area Schools, a tech-savvy district experienced with technology in the classroom and their effects on student learning, was in search of a comprehensive platform to enable innovative and challenging learning opportunities. ScootPad was introduced to Tea Area Legacy Elementary school during a brief trial. ScootPad impressed administrators with its detailed reports, while teachers were pleased to see the features they desired all on one platform. Tea Area Schools had other prospective bidders, such as iXL, but decided to go with ScootPad due to its comprehensiveness and value for the money.

“Our teachers were so impressed with ScootPad’s platform and the abundance of features, that I don’t know where to begin. They were immediately pleased when they saw the Learning Paths feature and how well it covers the Common Core. They also liked that the program can adapt to the learners’ needs by assessing each student and placing them in the appropriate unit on the learning path. In addition, the teachers found the reports to be very useful in determining learners’ needs whether it be for an individual, a small group, or the entire class.” said Jamie Ihnen, Technology Integrationist for Tea Area Schools. “Thanks to ScootPad’s wide variety of subjects and features, we are able to save money by purchasing ScootPad for the entire district and eliminate other programs that we have licenses for. With all students using ScootPad, we are looking forward to accessing district-wide learning data.”

“We’re happy to have Tea Area Schools choose ScootPad as their district-wide learning tool.” said Bharat Kumer, Co-founder and CEO of ScootPad. “One of the goals of Tea Area Schools is to provide innovative and challenging learning opportunities to their students, and our entire team is more than thrilled to stand behind ScootPad to enable that goal.”

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Brace Yourselves, Improved Support is Coming!

Hey ScootPad users, we want to update you on some awesome improvements to our support! As we prepare for next school year, we’re working on revamping our customer and product support with increased support staff, extended support hours, new and improved online help, and free weekly webinars.

Extended Support Hours
We have great news for our East Coast fans: our phone and chat support will now open at 8 AM Pacific! This extra hour will help us be more available to you, especially during your busy mornings! Feel free to shoot us a message on Live Chat or call us at 1-800-994-0706 8AM- 5PM PST. We’ve got our coffees ready.

Improved Online Help
We are currently in the process of making our help center more user-friendly. We’re hoping to provide users with easier navigation through ScootPad’s help articles so you can find quick answers to your questions 24/7! (Because you shouldn’t have to find a help article on how to search for a help article.)

Free Weekly Webinars
We’re dedicated to making sure our users get the most out of ScootPad while using our adaptive platform in the classroom. So, starting next school year we will be hosting FREE weekly webinars for teachers to go over ScootPad basics.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about the upcoming support improvements. We love hearing back from the ScootPad community so feel free to reach out to us with any questions, comments, or concerns!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Forest Park School District chooses ScootPad over iXL, MobyMax and Mathletics

Forest Park has been using a variety of ed-tech tools for some time including iXL, MobyMax, and Mathletics. They were in search of a comprehensive solution that was intuitive, adaptive, and engaging for their students while saving valuable time for their teachers. ScootPad was first introduced to Forest Park in late April for a district-wide trial, and after two months of comparing ScootPad with their existing tools, Forest Park decided to standardize on ScootPad for the upcoming school year.

“Forest Park Schools were using a variety of online tools to support their math instruction prior to choosing ScootPad. We wanted a solution that would help all students in grades K-8. Teachers piloted ScootPad during the Spring of 2015 while still using the other tools including IXL, MobyMax and Mathletics. In the end, ScootPad was chosen because the teachers LOVED the “scootorials”, the ability to add co-teachers, the ease of assigning remedial assignments and how clear it was which standard/grade a student was working on. We look forward to the implementation of ScootPad in the 2015-16 school year.” said Amanda Walsh, Director of Instructional Technology.

“We’ll take any opportunity to showcase ScootPad side-by-side with other tools. Trials like these allow schools & districts to ‘try-before-they-buy’ and they’re loving what they see in ScootPad compared to other solutions in the market.” said Bharat Kumar, CEO and Co-founder of ScootPad.

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Oak Lawn-Hometown School District selects ScootPad district-wide after a brief yet very successful trial

Recently, Oak Lawn-Hometown School District transitioned to a standards-based system of reporting on students’ performance and progress and was in need of a platform that could fit the bill. The district was first introduced to ScootPad in late March of this year when they rolled out a district-wide trial across all K-8 schools to test out ScootPad as a solution for their needs. Less than three months into the trial, Oak Lawn-Hometown was convinced enough to go ahead and purchase ScootPad district-wide as their preferred platform for personalized and standards-based learning.

“We were immediately impressed with both the adaptive nature of the platform, as well as the depth and breadth of data available to our teachers. We strive to provide our students with ‘What they need — when they need it,‘ and ScootPad has helped us do just that. In our piloting process, we received feedback about the ease of use of the platform. Instructional staff enjoyed the adaptive nature of the learning paths, but also appreciated the ability to specifically assign practice in particular areas for particular students.” said Joseph Macchia, CIO of Oak Lawn-Hometown SD 123. “We felt that ScootPad should be made available to all teachers and students throughout our district. Classroom teachers may not immediately see the need for a platform like ScootPad. However, as more and more staff members used ScootPad with their students, the value of such a robust platform for practice made itself very apparent. We began to see organic usage sprawl across our classrooms and schools and we didn’t want the purchasing cycle to slow down being able to offer ScootPad to our students and families.”

“We extend these trials to schools and districts because we know they are going to like the results. We’re pleased that, as with other districts, Oak Lawn-Hometown had a quick and easy implementation that allowed them to purchase ScootPad district-wide.” said Bharat Kumar, Co-Founder & CEO of ScootPad. “We welcome other schools and districts to experience ScootPad and see it for themselves.”

Through trials and strategic partnerships like this, ScootPad’s adaptive learning platform is used by one in three U.S. schools, including some of the largest school districts, and serves over two million K-8 students.

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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L.A. Unified Schools add ScootPad to their strategic plans with multi-year Site Licenses

We’re pleased to announce that several L.A. Unified Schools extended their ScootPad Site Licenses for multiple years as a result of their early success with accelerated rate of learning and overall love for ScootPad by both students & teachers.

Allesandro Elementary School was an early-adopter school from L.A. Unified which implemented ScootPad school-wide starting with the 2013-2014 school year when ScootPad’s flagship Ultra-Premium Site License was first released. Bandini Street Elementary School, Gardena Elementary School, Humphreys Avenue Elementary School and Canterbury Avenue Elementary School followed suit with school-wide implementations of ScootPad and subsequently renewed their site licenses for multiple years. Allesandro Elementary School has been recognized by ScootPad as the first school to reach the “5-Year Milestone“, having purchased ScootPad for a total of 5 school years!

“With all the recent changes in education our school has been lucky to have found a program like ScootPad.  It continues to hit the mark on providing students with much needed Math and Reading practice while acquiring computer knowledge. Teachers have the ability to assign and modify student assignments for both class and homework. Parents also have access at home so they can work with their kids. ScootPad has become an important tool in the success of our students.” said Lynn Andrews, Principal, Allesandro Elementary School. “What has probably been the most surprising part is the willingness of the ScootPad team to take our feedback and make improvements swiftly. On behalf of the entire Allesandro team, here’s a big Thank You to ScootPad and the team behind it.”

“We are very excited and encouraged to see schools & districts adding ScootPad to their strategic plans with multi-year commitments. We look forward to working very closely with them to make ScootPad even more valuable and easy to use in the coming months and years.” said Bharat Kumar, Co-Founder & CEO of ScootPad. “Together, we are offering an invaluable learning tool for students at a fraction of the cost compared to similar products in the market.”

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Fort Gibson students demonstrate significant gains in Math & Reading with ScootPad

We’re pleased to announce that Fort Gibson Public Schools renewed their ScootPad Site License for two more years, driven by significant gains in student achievement in both Math and Reading during the 2014-2015 school year.

Fort Gibson implemented ScootPad to deliver 1:1 learning for students at their Early Learning Center and Intermediate Elementary Schools in the 2014-2015 school year. State Department of Education-led tests demonstrated significant student gains in both Math and Reading scores, prompting Fort Gibson to renew their ScootPad site license for two additional years. Also, impressed by the results, Fort Gibson administration mandated ScootPad to be part of their daily blended instruction for all students starting next school year.

“We are very pleased with our experience using ScootPad. We had previously participated in a program through our State Department of Education called Think Through Math. This year as part of that program, we were asked to participate in an additional test that would see how our students compared nationally in math. Our students scored very well. The test was taken in the fall and the spring. One classroom alone showed a 180 point gain. When we asked our teachers who showed the most gain and success on the test what they were doing, we found that those teachers used ScootPad math as part of their daily blended instruction time. Every student in our district has a device as part of our district 1:1 initiative. Our elementary students (k-5) use ScootPad as an integral part of their virtual instruction using their own devices. They communicate with their teachers and receive assignments and practice through ScootPad.” said Cheryl Hill, District Curriculum Director.

“Our state has a high stakes reading test for 3rd graders. They must pass in order to be promoted to 4th grade. ScootPad is a consistent part of the reading instruction and is used faithfully by our Title I reading specialist. For the second year in a row, 100% of our regular Ed students have passed the test. Our results with ScootPad have been so incredible that our Intermediate Elementary principal is now requiring all students to complete one ScootPad Math and one ScootPad Reading lesson each day starting in the fall.” Cheryl Hill added.

“We’re pleased and humbled to see ScootPad delivering measurable impact and helping Fort Gibson students reach their full potential,” said Bharat Kumar, Co-Founder & CEO of ScootPad. “We are also very excited to partner with Fort Gibson in the coming months and years as we continue to roll out our platform’s new and extended capabilities.”

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Penns Valley School District Selects ScootPad

We’re pleased to announce that Penns Valley Area School District has selected ScootPad to enable personalized and differentiated learning for its K-8 students.

Penns Valley first implemented ScootPad at their Elementary and Intermediate School in the 2014-2015 school year. Impressed by the results and the positive experience, Penns Valley decided to deploy ScootPad district-wide across all of their K-8 schools. Penns Valley selected ScootPad as a long-term partner (with a multi-year license agreement) to deliver personalized and differentiated learning for all K-8 schools.

“We were looking for a solution that would: Engage the students, differentiate by specific standard/concept, give our teachers easy access to a variety of reports, show our students their progress and allow students/parents to access at home” said Sherri Connell, Assistant Superintendent. “Using this criteria, we had teachers try different resources for over a year and, based upon their experience, present their findings to the entire selection committee. We felt that ScootPad best met our needs.”

“We applaud Penns Valley for taking these important steps to help students reach their full potential,” said Bharat Kumar, Co-Founder & CEO of ScootPad. “We are excited to partner with Penns Valley to help them realize the difference that personalized and differentiated learning solutions will make on student achievement.”

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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LTI Integration now available with ScootPad

We’re pleased to announce support for the IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) integration on the ScootPad platform. ScootPad is now compliant with both LTI 1.x and 2.0 specifications. This integration enables users to simply click a button/link and seamlessly launch ScootPad from within their LMS/SIS systems.

What is LTI?

Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is a standard from IMS Global Learning Consortium that enables learning platforms to easily integrate with learning applications providing a seamless end user experience. In LTI these learning applications are called Tools (delivered by Tool Providers such as ScootPad) and the LMS, or platforms, are called Tool Consumers.

Why use LTI integration with ScootPad?

When you implement LTI integration between your LMS/SIS system and ScootPad, your administrators, teachers and students can automatically:

  • Get an account on ScootPad with the appropriate role
  • Sign into ScootPad with 1-click (no separate username or password)
  • Enroll into classrooms and much more…

How to get started?

From your ScootPad administrator account, go to the LTI Settings page and click “Request Keys” button. We’ll setup (within 24 hours) a unique consumer key and secret for your district/school and enable your access to implement LTI integration. Also, our team will work with you every step of the process until you are live with the integration.

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With this integration, both students and teachers will be seamlessly logged into ScootPad if they’re already logged into their existing system. We believe that the more convenient we make it for students, the more quickly and efficiently they will learn.

We hope you enjoy this new feature. Please tell us what you think and keep giving us your feedback and suggestions as always!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Introducing ScootBoard: A smarter way to keep students and parents “in-the-loop”

We’re super excited to introduce our new feature, ScootBoard.  ScootBoard is a collaboration tool for teachers and admins to help keep students and parents engaged on ScootPad with features such as 1-way messaging, automatic reminders, and more!

Message Students and Parents

Teachers can quickly send 1-way messages to their entire classroom or individual students while Admins can send important messages to all teachers! Have an instructional video or other resources to share with students? Use messages to easily share videos and other resources with just a few clicks!

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Automatic Reminders

Get reminded about important tasks that need your attention or action such as assignments due for review. These reminders are automatically sent to your Reminders page (and are also emailed) so that you are always in the loop! For a full list of currently available auto-reminders, click here

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Inbox of Messages

Access your inbox on ScootPad and review all your received messages. Students can find messages online in their inbox while their parents receive the messages via email!

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“Shoutout” to your friends

An improved “shoutouts” feature that lets students easily add friends/classmates, invite friends, and send shoutouts to their friends

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We hope you’re as excited about ScootBoard as we are.  Please tell us what you think and keep giving us your feedback and suggestions as always!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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