Introducing: Global Learnathon, My School Community, & The Ambassador Program

Greetings ScootPad users and fellow blog readers,

We couldn’t hold in the BIG news any longer! Although we are launching the brand new Global Learnathon, My School Community, and Ambassador Program on the week of March 2nd, we wanted to give you all a preview of the exciting new features!! 

Global Learnathon
learnathon_icon Climb Up The Ranks! 
Districts, schools, and classrooms compete for the top rankings, all based on the number of problems their students’ solve on ScootPad
HOF Shine In All Your ScootPad Glory!
Is your classroom ranked in the Top 3 at your school? Did your school or district get ranked on Top 100 globally? Admire your achievement in the Hall of Fame, and accept your prize!
My School Community
community Get Connected!
Connect with other teachers and administrators using ScootPad at your school. Collaborate and learn how best to implement ScootPad.
stories2 Write About It!
Share your experience and inspire teachers in your district and the rest of the world! Share tips that worked for you and get valuable insights and best practices from other teachers.
map Find Other Schools using ScootPad!
Find near by schools in your city, district or state that are also on ScootPad.
ScootPad Ambassador Program
refer Get ScootPad, FREE!
Share ScootPad with other teachers. For every teacher that you refer, you and that teacher will receive one FREE month of ScootPad! (a $20 value each!)
ambassador Make an impact!
We are on a mission to provide personalized learning for anyone, anywhere, but we can’t do it alone. We need your help. Refer 10 or more teachers and get recognized as a ScootPad Ambassador.
Look out for these features on the week of March 2nd! Once they are live, we will have plenty of help articles and blog posts to walk you through them. Please share this post with your fellow teachers, to spread the exciting news!
Cheers!
Team ScootPad

Teachers, Parents, & Students can Access Reports!

ScootPad makes it easier than ever to review student progress and share student achievements! Real-time reports are available from all accounts (teacher, parent & student)!

Teacher View

  • Select a subject (from the left) for the report you would like to see
  • Click reports
  • Click on advanced reports and browse through the various reports, you can print and share these reports!
reports_dashboard

Here is the teacher view of the class math reports dashboard.

The Mastery Progress Report is a great resource to send parents updates of their students progress in all the common core concepts

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Student/Parent View

Here is the Math reports dashboard for Jane (student). She can look at her Mastery Trend and browse through the different reports to see where she stands with her common core concepts.

  • Choose a subject from the left
  • You will see your Mastery Trend and  proficiency percentage
  • Click on Advanced Reports and select the report you would like to see

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* Parents with an at-home learning zone can review reports by selecting the “At-Home Learning Zone” from their parent dashboard

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

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Go Green and Assign a Practice!

Passing out homework, grading assignments, and preparing assessments, that sounds like a lot of paper being used and time spent!

Over 150,000 teachers have saved over 5,000 trees (that’s at least one forest!) by leveraging ScootPad in their classrooms.

green_treeBeing good to the environment isn’t all we have to offer. We know it takes time to reteach concepts and prepare review worksheets for your students.
ScootPad takes care of all this for you by providing automated and adaptive assignments and assessments that will focus on each specific student, and guide them all to concept mastery.

Almost 600,000 hours of teacher time has been saved by all our teachers, giving them time to focus on other important things, like curriculum development and adjustments, and student one-on-one time.

So go ahead and assign a practice on ScootPad. Our interactive and technology-enhanced questions are sure to keep your students engaged and motivated.

ELA

What is your impact on student learning, cost saving, and the environment? Measure your impact using ScootPad!

Cheers!

ScootPad Team

 

Introducing: Weekly Snapshots!

Our weekly snapshots will keep you (teachers, administrators, and parents) up to date with your students’ learning activity from the past week while providing you with your students’ future tasks to be completed.

You can also decide which day to have your snapshots sent out, click here to learn how: http://help.scootpad.com/knowledgebase/articles/499972-how-do-i-change-the-day-my-weekly-activity-progr

We hope this helps you stay on top of things!

ScootPad’s New Video Tours

Hey ScootPad Users!

To make life just a little easier for you, we’ve created video tours for each of our features.

On the ScootPad home page, you’ll see the “tour” button at the top right, once you click on it, you will have access to all our feature tours!

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The ScootPad video overview will give you a brief explanation of our platform and what we offer.

 

 

These brief one to two minute clips will give you a nice breakdown of each feature and how it works.

Feel free to share these videos with your friends!

Enjoy!!

mobile_apps   assignments_homework  common_core

adaptive_learning_paths  behavior_tracking  eBooks_library formative_assessments insights_reports Intervention scootorials  student_engagement

 

 

ScootPad: At Your Service!

ScootPad users, we’ve launched some new support features, just for you! Under the help button on your dashboard, you have some options:

  1. search help - search for answers and browse through our knowledge base to see if your questions have already been answered
  2. chat - you’ll receive answers in real-time, for your quick questions throughout the day
  3. @scootpadsupport – send us a tweet, to get answers from us and from the rest of the ScootPad community

As always, you can submit a help request or give us a call!

 

How To Make Blended Learning Work

blended_learningMany teachers have been skeptics of bringing technology into the classroom. It’s a new concept, it’s different, it could be a waste of time, there’s not enough data out there, what if it doesn’t work?

These are just some of the concerns many teachers have had. Liz Arney, Director of Innovative Learning at Aspire Public Schools, felt the same way, as there wasn’t much data of blended learning’s successful implementation several years ago. She was weary of blended learning, but she was a big believer of personalized and differentiated instruction for each student. Arney recognized that technology was something every adult used on a daily basis, and that students were heavily using technology in college and other areas of their lives, so she accepted that technology needed to be in the classroom, to cater to the needs of her students.

As she mentions in her article Lessons From the Frontier: How to Make Blended Learning Truly Work, “You’re going blended because you want to figure out how technology can help you solve a targeted problem: increase student achievement given your context, school culture, and the overall willingness of your teachers to tackle the challenges your students face.”

As blended learning was introduced to several Aspire Public Schools, teacher were seeing results. Nancy Castro, a kindergarten teacher at Aspire Titan Academy mentioned, “The data that is provided through the software has allowed me to focus more on my guided reading groups and also target my student needs.”ROL

With our insights and reports feature, teachers and parents are able to see their students results in real time. This helps teachers better understand their individual students’ challenges. Blended learning helps students become active participants of their own learning.

While many teachers mention that there isn’t sufficient data proving that online learning is increasing student achievement, ScootPad can show you results!

To learn more, visit EdSurge: https://www.edsurge.com/n/2015-02-04-lessons-from-the-frontier-how-to-make-blended-learning-truly-wor

Designing a Blended Learning Program

Ryan ElementaryYour school brought technology into the classroom, now you should see amazing results and improvements in learning, right? Not necessarily. Many schools have experienced the on-boarding of technology into their classrooms with minimal student results to show for it.

Authors Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker explain in their book, Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools, a process to make blended learning work in your school.

Step 1: Identify a goal/problem –  Identify a school-wide goal, or problem that needs to be solved.

Step 2: Organize a team –  Involve a support team to help teachers design their blended learning structure in the classroom.

Step 3: Design the student experience – View education from the students’ perspective, to see what they want to learn, which experiences motivate them to learn, and how schools can pull together the resources to enforce this.

Step 4: Design the teacher experience – Provide teachers with more opportunities to grow in their field by offering them recognition, providing team teaching, and giving them more authority.

Step 5: Align technology – Offer technology and devices that cater to both the student and teacher experiences.

Step 6 – Adjust the physical environment – Should the classroom setting be more traditional or more  tailored for blended learning? Adjust accordingly.

Step 7 – Execute – School leaders should monitor the blended learning experience in their schools, and make adjustments and changes to improve the experience.

Both Horn and Staker believe in using a well thought out design process to implement blended learning in schools, in the most effective way so that students are absorbing knowledge and teachers are adjusting their teaching styles accordingly. They believe that this  design process will help schools transition from the traditional model to one that is more student-centered. At ScootPad, we  have  carefully designed our learning platform to be highly personalized and adaptive for each student and teacher. ScootPad is here to make the blended learning transition easy for both students and teachers, by offering many features including the common core curriculum, adaptive learning paths, assignments and homework, instruction, formative assessments, proactive intervention, eBooks, behavior tracking, insights and reports, games, and this is all accessible 24/7, on any device, anywhere!

 

Visit The Journal for more information: http://thejournal.com/Articles/2015/01/28/Designing-a-Blended-Learning-Program.aspx?Page=2

ScootPad’s Fun New Features!

We have exciting news for all our ScootPad users! We’ve added some exciting new features for your students to enjoy, including Games, Wallpapers, Color Themes, and Animated Avatars. Teachers, if you’d like to restrict certain features, you can do that under your classroom settings.

1. Games – We’ve added 11 education-focused games. Each game invites students to have fun and learn at the same time. Your students can play each game free for the first time, but playing any game after will cost them 10 coins from their piggy bank.

addon     sudoku      memory      Minesweeper

tictactoe     maze     hangman     chess

2048     picturepuzzle     hextris

2. Wallpapers – We’ve added 50+ wallpapers for your kids to choose from! Students can choose their first wallpaper free, and then it will costs them 10 coins to change.

wallpaper

3. Color Themes – We’ve included 25+ color themes for your kids to really personalize their ScootPad experience. Students can use one color theme for free, and then it will cost them 10 coins to change it up.

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4. Animated Avatars – Your students can now browse through our  50+ animated avatars. Again, it will be free to choose their first animated avatar, then each avatar will cost them 10 coins.

avatars

Let the fun begin!!

 

Top 5 Education Policy Issues in 2015

classroom1. School readiness for all – In order for children to be ready to begin attending school, it is important that they have mastered their motor skills, socialization skills, and other educational skills. State leaders are looking for high quality early learning programs for younger kids.

2. Experiential and work-based learning – In order to attain career-readiness, students must be in environments where they are using their critical thinking and communication skills. Internships, community service learning, and paid work opportunities would all be ways to connect  students to the workforce.

3. Academic success for at-risk populations – Supportive instruction along with continuous assessments are vital for at risk students. Individualized/personalized education based on students’ will enhance learning.

4. Innovative state accountability systems –  The main point here is to have systems in place that focus on preparing graduating students for college and their future careers. This includes focus on closing skill gaps, and having interventions for low performing students. With more focus on systems and standards, graduation rates could also increase.

5. Advance attainment of degrees, certificates, and high-quality credentials – By 2018, about two thirds of jobs will require a post-secondary credential or degree (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce). Policymakers and education officials will be focusing on providing first-rate post-secondary education for students.

These five education policies are geared toward giving students the best education in order for them to be prepared for their future careers. A few points that these policies hit on were helping students at risk, by offering personalized education based on their needs. ScootPad’s platform is designed to offer completely personalized education to all students based on their specific needs.

The article also mentioned providing a form of intervention for low performing students in order to resolve their educational issues. At ScootPad, we reinforce proactive intervention in order to have at risk students master the concepts they’re struggling in before they fall too far behind.

 

To learn more, visit : http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/01/20/education-policy-2015-908/2/

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