Adaptive eBooks NOW Available!

We’re excited to announce the availability of Adaptive eBooks feature on ScootPad. Students can now read grade-aligned eBooks auto-assigned to them from their eBook Learning Paths while answering built-in comprehension questions along the way. Each student can read independently at his/her own pace progressing automatically along the assigned learning path with no teacher/parent intervention.

eBook Learning Paths

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Adaptive reading is made possible with eBook Learning Paths now available for all K-8 grades, each with grade aligned fiction and non-fiction eBooks with built-in comprehension questions. You also have the ability to create your own eBook learning paths using our library of 500+ eBooks. District & School Administrators can easily design eBook learning paths and seamlessly share them with teachers to adopt in classrooms.

Reading on Auto-Pilot

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Powered by eBook Learning Paths, students can simply launch their next eBook to read directly from their dashboard. Students are automatically prompted with comprehension questions along the way ensuring each students’ comprehension level with GRL-aligned understanding of the curriculum.

Built-In Comprehension Quiz

Each eBook in our library is now equipped with built-in comprehension questions to assess student comprehension in-line through out the book (unlike most other solutions which assess only at the end of the book). Easily assign any eBook from our library and let ScootPad make sure students read and comprehend each eBook. If built-in questions are not enough, you can even add your own custom open-ended questions and challenge students to submit creative written responses.

Reading Dashboard

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As students continue their reading journey along the eBook learning path, ScootPad automatically tracks and analyzes valuable data that you can use to easily measure your students’ reading quantity, complexity, and comprehension in real-time.

Flip & Zoom

Students can now easily flip pages (swipe on touch devices) and zoom in/out of the text on any tablet device or computer. Our auto-bookmark feature let’s students resume reading from the page they last read without needing to manually bookmark.

We hope these new features will further enhance the love for reading in your students. eBook learning paths are now available to ALL Ultra Premium licensed classrooms. New classrooms and newly enrolled students will automatically be assigned their grade-appropriate eBook Learning Path. Existing classrooms that wish to take advantage of these new features are requested to follow these steps to assign an eBook learning path to their students.

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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2015 Review. Looking Towards 2016.

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Thanks to all of your support, 2015 has been a great year for ScootPad. We’re now a community of over 3 million educators, students and parents. Within the previous year, we’ve released major features to make our platform the best it can be including features such as the historical mastery reports, adaptive spelling learning paths, ScootHub & LMS/LTI integration, Open Content Platform, SBAC & PARCC simulation assessments, and the ability to create questions in over 50 tech-enhanced formats.

There’s so much that we are excited about for 2016. We’ve been listening to you and turning your requests into a reality with these upcoming features on our platform including Adaptive eBooks with built-in comprehension quizzes, enhanced adaptive algorithms for an even more deeper personalized learning, tech-enhanced content across the board, curriculum beyond Common Core to include all state and several international standards, more after school services for parents and a community portal for you to share and discover better ways to help students. So stay tuned as we work on bringing you some really cool stuff this year!

Happy 2016, everyone!
– ScootPad Team

ScootPad Signs Student Privacy Pledge

We’re proud to announce that ScootPad has signed the Student Privacy Pledge to continue our commitment to safeguard student data.

 

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The Pledge was introduced by The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) to safeguard student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. ScootPad joins other notable K-12 technology pioneers such as Follett, Edmodo, and Microsoft.

The Pledge will hold service providers accountable to:
– Not sell student information
– Not behaviorally target advertising
– Use data for authorized education purposes only
– Not change privacy policies without notice and choice
– Enforce strict limits on data retention
– Support parental access to, and correction of errors in, their children’s information
– Provide comprehensive security standards
– Be transparent about collection and use of data

ScootPad has always made student privacy our #1 priority and we constantly strive to improve the ways we serve our community of schools, districts, and families.

We invite you to learn more about the Student Privacy Pledge, its standards, and participants at http://studentprivacypledge.org/. For more information on ScootPad’s policies, please visit our Privacy Policy and Terms.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us via live chat, email support@scootpad.com, or give us a call at 1-800-994-0706 with any questions!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Wishing you a Happy New Year

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Time certainly flies, doesn’t it? We would like to wish you a happy new year. There will be times when days feel heavy, but no year is free from a rough day. So, we urge you to reflect back on the previous year, rejoice in all of the wonderful moments of laughter and love, and expect more to come.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey. We’re looking forward to all of the amazing things we have planned for the future and the continuing support from educators, parents, and students across the world. So again,

Happy New Year.

With Love,
The ScootPad Team

Happy Holidays from ScootPad!

The season of joy, giving, and hot cocoa is upon us, and we at ScootPad would like to wish you Happy Holidays!

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We are so delighted to be going into this magical season knowing that we have your support – it is the best gift we could ever receive. Thank you for helping make ScootPad possible!

Our hope is for you all to use this special time to spend with loved ones, be in the present, and of course, get lots of rest. The ScootPad team will be doing the same, and we wanted to update you on our Holiday support hours. We will be out celebrating the Holidays December 21 – January 1. Our phone, live chat, and email support will be unavailable but don’t worry, we’ll be ready to help as always starting January 4.

Warmest wishes to your friends and family!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Introducing ScootHub™, an easier way to integrate with ScootPad

Hey ScootPad Users!

We’re excited to introduce ScootHub™, our new and more simple integration feature that allows you to seamlessly launch your ScootPad account from your existing LMS/SIS system. ScootHub™ comes ready-made with integration for Google, Schoology, Engrade, and Canvas!

 

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ScootHub™ lets you simply launch ScootPad as an app from your favorite LMS/SIS provider so you don’t have to remember yet another user id and password. To get started, find the ScootPad app from within your LMS’s app store and add it to your account/course! Follow these step-by-step instructions.

 

 Don’t use one of these providers as your LMS? No Problem! You can still add ScootPad as an external app to any LTI-compatible LMS/SIS system. To integrate with any another LMS/SIS system, follow these steps.

 

For more information on ScootHub™, click here. We’re committed to making it easy to launch ScootPad so that you get more time to learn.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us via Live Chat, email support@scootpad.com, or give us a call at 1-800-994-0706.

 

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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PARCC simulation assessments now available!

We’re super excited to release the PARCC simulation assessments for grades 3-8 in Math and English Language Arts (ELA). We developed these simulation assessments from the ground-up and to align them precisely with the PARCC blueprints. That means the simulation tests will include the same technology enhanced item formats, rigor, depth of knowledge (DOK) and Common Core standards expected to be on the PARCC assessments. These practice assessments will help educators predict skill and concept gaps in advance while helping ensure that students are ready for the big test.

Educators can choose these ready-made simulation assessments and with one-click assign them to their students. District and school administrators can “push” these assessments school-wide or district-wide to all students with just a few clicks. Students can experience the simulated PARCC summative testing environment simply by launching the task from their dashboard. Educators have immediate access to assessment results and reports providing actionable insights about skill gaps and overall student readiness.

Teachers are encouraged to assign interim assessments using the Assessment Generator before taking the PARCC simulated test. Furthermore, educators can build their own assessments and create their own questions using 50+ technology-enhanced item formats to develop their very own PARCC simulation tests.

To access the PARCC simulation assessments, go to the Open Platform Page under Assessments 2.0 as shown below:
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Review assessments and blueprints and proceed with one-click assignment to students as shown below:
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If you need any help accessing and assigning the PARCC simulated assessments, you can follow these step-by-step instructions.

Feel free to start a live chat with us or shoot us an email at support@scootpad.com or call us at 1-800-994-0706.

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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A BIG Thank You from the ScootPad Team

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All of us at ScootPad want to extend a BIG thank you to our wonderful community of teachers, administrators, families, and students. Although we are appreciative everyday for each and every one of you, it is that special time of year to truly express our thanks. We want to thank you especially for all your positive feedback, support, and love this year. Whether it’s letting us know an improvement or feature you want to see, or that your students are excited that the fireworks are back, it warms our heart to know that we have such thoughtful ScootPadders!

We wish you a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday, with family, friends, and food (and maybe some concept mastering ;) )

Gratefully Yours,
ScootPad Team

Prepare for SBAC testing with our new simulation assessments!

We’re super excited to announce the availability of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) simulation assessments for grades 3-8 in Math and English Language Arts (ELA). We developed these simulation assessments from the ground-up and precisely aligned with the SBAC blueprint encompassing the same technology enhanced item formats, rigor, depth of knowledge (DOK) and Common Core standards. These practice assessments are ideal to predict skill and concept gaps while helping ensure that students are ready for SBAC summative assessments in the spring.

Teachers can simply choose a simulation assessment and assign to students. District and School administrators can “push” these assessments school-wide or district-wide to all students with just a few clicks. Students can launch assessments from their dashboard and experience the simulated SBAC summative testing environment at their finger tips. Educators have immediate access to assessment results providing actionable insights about skill gaps and overall student readiness.

We also released the Assessment Generator, a tool to help you easily generate unlimited interim assessments leveraging the best content shared by the ScootPad community. Teachers are encouraged to assign interim assessments before taking the SBAC simulated test. Furthermore, you can create your own assessment content using 50+ technology-enhanced item formats (step-by-step videos available) to develop your own assessments simulating your own SBAC testing environments.

You can access the SBAC tests by clicking on Open Platform, found under Assessments 2.0 located on the top main navigation.

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Choose the standard, subject, and grade and simply click search.

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Choose a section of the assessment to preview or assign.

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If you need any help accessing and assigning the SBAC simulated assessments, you can follow these step-by-step instructions.

Feel free to start a live chat with us or shoot us an email at support@scootpad.com or call us at 1-800-994-0706.

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Create your own questions in 50+ technology enhanced formats

There’s over 50 technology enhanced item (TEI) question formats available on ScootPad. Get started with using these formats and creating next-generation assessments for your students. ScootPad is an “Open” assessment platform, meaning you can browse and use questions and assessments created by other teachers while you can create and share your own.

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What are TEIs?

TEI question formats allow students to solve problems in a more interactive and comprehensive way. For example, a traditional question format will ask a student to select the correct answer to the question. A TEI might ask a student to type out the entire answer and rearrange answer choices in a particular order, rather than just clicking on the bubble.

Why you should care about TEIs

TEIs are becoming increasingly important in prepping students for summative testing in the spring as big assessment consortias like SBAC and PARCC are aiming to be entirely computer-based. Students will be able to practice the same level of rigor and technology used in the next-generation assessments with TEIs. Teachers will also be able to precisely assess and identify students’ needs to develop a more targeted instruction before they must take the summative assessment.

So, what about ScootPad’s TEIs?

We’ve developed all formats expected in the next-generation online testing and even released unique formats that are yet to be presented in assessment consortias like SBAC and PARCC. That means students will be able to experience even more ways to solve and interact with problems. Our question formats fall in several categories: multiple choice, cloze, classification, order, matching, highlight, label image, chart, number line, graph, and multipart – as shown in the image below.

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Educators can create questions and assessments under any grade, any subject, and any standard. In addition, educators can now share their content with the ScootPad community. The question and assessment banks allow educators to collaborate, rate, and reuse all shared content – making content more readily available and usable than ever.

How do I get started?

1. You can create your own questions by going to Assessments 2.0, located on the top navigation within your account.

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2. Then click on the My Own Questions tab. On this page, there will be a green button on the top right labeled +New Question.

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3. Choose a question format you’d like to use. Simply enter your question stem, answer, DOK level, scoring (the number of points), and the standard(s) being assessed. Preview the question on the right and make sure to test to verify that it works. Save the question and assign it to students.

You can also watch a quick 1 minute video to see how you can create questions using each of the question formats. Here is a sample 1 min video on how to create a “Highlight: Circle Shading” type question.

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How to find questions from the open content bank?

We encourage you to browse through the Question Bank and Assessment Bank, and check out the content created and shared by the community. Click the “Open Content” option under Assessments 2.0, located on the top navigation within your account. For step-by-step instructions, visit our help center by clicking here.

We welcome you to try our question formats and give us your suggestions for any new question formats. We are on a mission to create the MOST comprehensive Open assessment platform and we can certainly use your help to make that possible!

Feel free to start a live chat with us or shoot us an email at support@scootpad.com or call us at 1-800-994-0706.

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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