ScootPad Helps Make Learning Fun at Hillsborough Elementary

gradoneschoolpictureMs. Gradone, a third grade teacher at Hillsborough Elementary School in New Jersey, shares her ‘secret weapon’ for getting students excited about learning, “ScootPad has motivated my student’s inside and outside of the classroom.” She explains further, “They are forming a community within the classroom and working their hardest to inspire each other to become the ‘class leader.’”

 

Hillsborough’s Challenge:

“As a teacher, I am constantly hearing the words, “I don’t like school,” or “school is boring.” My goal as a teacher is not only to teach children and see them succeed academically but to have them develop a passion for learning. This has been a constant struggle for most teachers.”

ScootPad’s Solution:HillsboroughElemStar

“ScootPad has provided the grounds to help motivate children to learn and engage them in a safe environment. ScootPad has a user friendly interface that influences children to practice their mathematics and literacy skills. Although the children are still practicing their reading and math skills while using ScootPad, the website offers much more incentives that make learning more engaging. For example, my students like to encourage each other on the class wall, create their own avatars, and earn coins by practicing in order to earn incentives and rewards. ScootPad offers incentives depending on the amount of coins earned and teachers can also input their own rewards. Students become unaware that they are actually doing “work” and that is what is contributing to their earning coins. They see participating in the assignments as fun and interactive.”

Promising Results:

“Overall, my students have become more motivated to learn. Not only do they ask to use ScootPad more often throughout the day, but they are using it at home every night. They have taken control of their own learning and their desires have exploded. They are more engaged than ever!”

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To see more real-time stats about Hillsborough Elementary’s success with ScootPad, please click here: https://www.scootpad.com/schools/123707

Hillsborough Elementary (along with 30,000 other schools!) is using ScootPad. To see your school’s learning impact, click here: https://www.scootpad.com/metrics

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Huntsville City Schools Adopt ScootPad District-Wide

Huntsville City Schools (District) needed a fun, engaging and individualized learning platform, which led them to purchase ScootPad district-wide for all 17,000 (K-8) students across 32 schools! Jones Valley Elementary School’s principal, Rebecca Balentine, tells us more about why they chose ScootPad:

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What led you to look for a program like ScootPad?

“Our lower grades (K-2) had been using ScootPad as a resource to supplement our Pearson Digital Curriculum. Upon learning of its success, our upper grades began to use ScootPad to also supplement for reading and math. The results speak volumes about the effectiveness of ScootPad. Not only is it a great resource, but it also provides teachers with a method to differentiate for all ability levels, from Tier III intervention to above grade level resources for those needing enrichment.”

How did you implement ScootPad and engage students?

“We use ScootPad as a resource for reading and math. ScootPad’s digital platform provides teachers with more common core material to use in addition to our Pearson Digital curriculum. “

What results have you seen after utilizing ScootPad?

“ScootPad has been instrumental in providing all of our students with a digital platform that is fun, engaging and geared towards each student’s individual needs. Students are able to work at their present ability level, even if that is not their actual grade level. Students whose abilities range from below grade level to those who are performing consistently above their grade level are challenged on a daily basis. We love ScootPad and look forward to using it next year.”

Top Leaders

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Huntsville City School District is #1 on ScootPad’s District Leaderboard for Math and Reading this week! Students spent over 3,000 learning hours and solved over 300,000 problems across Math and Reading on ScootPad just in the past 7 days .

Check out all districts and schools who made the Top 50 Leaderboard: https://www.scootpad.com/leaderboard

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Using the Leaderboard to Help Students Own Learning

The class leaderboard is a powerful tool that you can leverage to your and your students’ advantage.  There have been times I have looked over my students’ work on ScootPad and I can tell there has been a dip in follow through.  For example, early in the year I had some students decide that to get through a particular practice, they would randomly enter in letters as opposed to actually putting their best effort into their math work. In addition, I could tell from the time it was taking them to complete the practice that they were not invested in attempting the work (see image, below, where they spent 7 min or 4 min).

Inserting letters to get through the math problems quicker, compromising learning

Inserting letters to get through the math problems quicker, compromising learning

While of course this might be a prime opportunity to conference with a student about goals, I decided instead to have the students own their learning. To this end, I had them identify where on the leaderboard they were.  They were shocked to see that they were nowhere near the top, to which I simply pointed out that the more correct answers, the higher they would place on the leaderboard. Without needing to say anything else, there was a notable increase in effort and energy put into the students’ work. In reapplying themselves to actually solve the math problems (!), their overall scores went up on their practices, and they climbed the leaderboard as a result.  More importantly, however, they began to take ownership of their learning, and began checking in with me when they stumbled on difficult or frustrating problems.

Inceased effoert and increased ownership pays off

Increased effort and increased ownership pays off

To see my past post about motivating students using the class leaderboard, click the following link: http://blog.scootpad.com/2014/04/10/motivating-learning-with-the-class-leaderboard/

Cheers,
Dr. Michelle Anthony

Motivating Learning with the Class Leaderboard

With all the expectations and requirements teachers are under, is it any wonder that creativity around engaging learning can sometimes go out the window? Especially in the spring when testing season hits! I know my kids (and I!) are all pretty tested out right now, even though there are still a number of testing windows on the horizon. Keeping kids excited about learning and motivated to keep stretching themselves can sometimes feel impossible–so lean on the built in tools that ScootPad offers!  In this series, we’ll highlight some of the easy ways to keep motivation and learning high (even when your energy is low!) without any additional work for you.

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Student leaderboard can help motivate learning

Kids are naturally competitive. In my K-5 GT class, my students don’t care if they are in first or fifth grade, they want to be on the top of the class leaderboard. Of course, the goal is to encourage goal setting as opposed to making kids feel bad for “losing their spot,” which I’ll cover more in depth in another post.  

Having my leaderboard visible each class has been a great way to give my students encouragement, simply by saying, “Amr, look how close you are to being the top of the leaderboard. Nice job!” In fact, Bryce was our leader for most of the fall…until I began pointing out and rewarding the leader for getting or keeping the top spot. Suddenly, it was off to the races! Now, our leader shifts often, but my students’ desire to do better and strut their stuff persists!

Cheers!

Michelle Anthony

Jones Valley Elementary Clinches the Kindle HDX!

A big congratulations is owed to Jones Valley Elementary School of Huntsville, Alabama who beat out the competition to win a Kindle Fire HDX in ScootPad’s March Madness drawing! Rebecca Balentine (Jones Valley Elementary Principal) led her school to victory when her district, Huntsville City School District, submitted a ScootPad site license purchase order last month for all of their K-8 students, making the school eligible for the Kindle Fire HDX drawing!

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Final Stats

The win was a team effort, of course. Jones Valley Elementary students have been proving hard work and dedication pay off! Jones Valley is a familiar name on ScootPad’s global school leaderboard, ranking #2 in reading, and #5 in math this week! They have also achieved an impressive overall rate of learning score of 1.47!

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To see more real-time ScootPad stats about Jones Valley Elementary, please click here: https://www.scootpad.com/schools/125331

Jones Valley Elementary School along with 30,000 other schools are using ScootPad. To see your school’s learning impact, click here: https://www.scootpad.com/metrics

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Welcome Dr. Michelle Anthony (Our Newest Blog Contributor)

We would like to introduce and extend a warm welcome to our newest blog contributor, Dr. Michelle Anthony!

Michelle is a GT teacher at Holm Elementary School in Denver, CO, as well as a mother to three children. We are very pleased to have Michelle working with us and are excited to have her share her tips and experiences with the ScootPad Community (150,000+ teachers across 30,000+ schools and growing)!

More about Michelle:

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Dr. Michelle Anthony has always been passionate about her work with families and children.  After graduating with honors in Educational Studies from Brown University, she went on to get her Master’s in Child Studies and Teacher’s Certificate from Tufts University.  She taught in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for five years, after which she got her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Michelle has spent her entire professional life working hands-on with educators, children (both typical and developmentally-delayed), and families. She has worked in schools as both a teacher and a teacher-trainer, and has worked with parents as a developmental specialist and parenting workshop leader.

In addition, she is an award-winning writer and program developer who has consulted with organizations as well as the media. She has also co-authored several Scholastic children’s books, as well as two parenting titles with St. Martin’s Press. Her most recent book, Little Girls Can Be Mean: Fours Steps to Bully-proof Girls in the Early Grades is a parent’s and educator’s go-to guide for dealing with the growing issue of girl meanness in elementary school.

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Spaulding Elementary Leaps Forward with ScootPad

We spoke with Debra Alexander, Principal of Spaulding Elementary School in Gurnee, Illinois, about how her school has been making strides with ScootPad! Her school consistently holds a place on our Top 10 Rate of Learning Leaderboard for their outstanding ranking in Math. They typically average an impressive Rate of Learning score of 2.25 in Math (students are moving at a pace 2.25 times faster than the average student not using ScootPad).

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What challenges or needs did you or your school face that led you to look for a program like ScootPad?

We really needed to have the right materials to teach the Common Core State Standards. We did not change our curriculum materials yet to support the Common Core, because we weren’t in that cycle in our textbook adoption rotation. The teachers and administration searched the internet for new resources to meet these needs and found ScootPad. Our district also provides iPads for all of our students, so we needed something that was compatible with that technology. Our building is PreK-2nd, and the teachers love having this resource to help provide differentiation that addresses the CCSS in a robust, engaging, relevant manner.

How did you implement ScootPad and engage students? Is there a specific feature you used/liked the most?

Teachers were encouraged to use ScootPad, and it slowly spread. We like the fact that it addresses the standards so well, and provides teachers with a way to track the students’ progress.

What results have you seen after utilizing ScootPad?

Our district has a goal this year for 62% of our students to meet their target goals in reading and math on MAP. So far, we are on track for meeting or exceeding that goal.

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To see more real-time stats about Spaulding Elementary’s experience using ScootPad, please click here: https://www.scootpad.com/schools/125279

Spaulding Elementary along with 30,000 other schools are using ScootPad. To see your school’s learning impact, click here: https://www.scootpad.com/metrics

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Help Make ScootPad Even Better!

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Thanks to you and all of your great feedback, it has been a prosperous year with over 30,000 schools now using ScootPad!

We want to continue growing and improving with YOUR help! This past week we were invited to attend a developer/teacher collaboration event at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA. A group of teachers shared with us the importance of saving time and how this alone shaped their decision making process when choosing technology for their classrooms. We have listed a few of their top priorities below and what we are doing to meet these priorities:

Parent Collaboration
In the next year, we are taking parent collaboration to the next level! We plan to add a parent wall feature where teachers and parents can openly discuss assignments and student progress.

Automated Grading
ScootPad already helps you with grading by automatically scoring student assignments/practices as students complete them!

Formative Assessments
Teachers already receive real-time results about which concepts students are struggling with and can immediately tailor their instruction to address areas of weakness. We plan on adding more features/enhancements to make identifying gaps even easier!

Ease of Student On-boarding
Teachers want to be able to have students up and running in a few minutes or less when using new classroom technology. To address this, we are in the process of adding a way for teachers to quickly add their whole student roster and then have a separate “sign in” portal for students to log in with one simple click.

We would LOVE to hear your suggestions about our future plans as well as any other ideas you have on ways we can improve! Please feel free to post any and all feedback to our feedback forum.

Thank you again for helping make ScootPad what it is today! We owe so much of our success to our sophisticated users and their endless passion for learning!

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Student Achievement made possible with Teacher-Centric Focus

Many companies use adaptive learning technologies, but ScootPad stands apart by having a teacher-centric and student-achievement focus. When teachers are armed with powerful data coupled with their own knowledge about each individual student, identifying learning gaps and driving improvement can be achieved rapidly.

Teacher-Centric Learning

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Unlike other programs that try to take the place of teachers, ScootPad understands the value of a teacher’s expertise and works to enhance regular teacher instruction, not replace it.

Customized Learning Paths

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Teachers can play a part in and completely personalize the student learning experience by creating custom learning paths that go along with regular class curriculum and pace.

Data & Insights

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At any point in time, teachers can gain insight into where students stand academically, how they have progressed, and in which areas they still need extra practice.

Data Transparency

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Parents & kids can be directly involved in the learning process by having a wide range of data right at their fingertips! They can access assignment results, progress reports, and proficiency reports at all times to quickly identify gaps in learning/comprehension.

Results

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Kids can discover a new competitive nature and love for learning within themselves by having multiple ways to benchmark their progress and achievements!

ScootPad’s Teacher-Centric and Student-Achievement focus helps parents, teachers, and students:

Adjust teaching and learning methods to achieve concept mastery

Customize the learning path for individual students

Measure overall and individual progress

⇝Make learning fun with real time data and motivational tools

Work together to improve student performance

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

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

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