Happy Holidays from ScootPad!

With the holiday season in full effect, we would like to wish everyone a relaxing break from their every day hustle and bustle. May everyone have a holiday break full of laughter, peace, and love.

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We’ve also compiled a short list of games to include in your holiday celebrations. Enjoy!

1. Charades–This one never gets old. Form two teams. Decide how many rounds will be played. One person from either team will act out a movie, book, person, etc.–holiday related– for their team members until the the timer (60 seconds) runs out. Then the next team goes. Whichever team has the most points at the end, wins!

2. Scavenger Hunt–Have the kids draw various holiday themed pictures, and have the host hide these all over the house for friends and family to find. The person who finds the most pictures wins a special prize!

3. Unwrap the gift–The host chooses a gift fit for any guest and wraps it in several layers of wrapping paper (6-10 layers). Ask your  guests to sit in a circle and pass around this gift. Similar to musical chairs, one person will be turning on and off the music as they please, and every time the music stops, the person holding the gift at that  moment will remove a layer. Whoever opens the last layer of wrapping paper, gets to keep that gift!

4. Holiday word-mania–Everyone will need a writing utensil and scratch paper for this one! The host either chooses or asks for a word pertaining to the holiday. He/She says it out loud and everyone has to write as many words as they can using the letters within that word, before the timer (60 seconds) runs out!

5. Draw & write–This hilarious game will keep your holiday events jolly! Each guest will need a writing utensil and scratch paper. Each person will now write a sentence (it could be anything) at the top of the page, and then pass their paper to the person on their left. The new person holding the paper will illustrate that sentence. Then, this same person will fold over the top of the paper–so that only their picture is showing–before passing it to their left again. This new person must write  a sentence describing the picture–fold the page to hide everything but their sentence–, and so on, until the original paper gets back to the first owner. Enjoy reading the hilarious document once it comes back to you!

There you have it! Wishing everyone a joy-filled holiday season!

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

For more games :
http://www.reunionplanner.com/latest-news/general/latest-news/fun-family-holiday-games/

ScootPad Alleviates Test Anxiety at North Country Elementary

Jolinda Smith’s students at North Country Elementary in Antelope, CA were pleasantly surprised after completing field testing for the new Common Core state tests. Students breezed through the test and found that all of their hard work on ScootPad had paid off! Jolinda was shocked to find that, by using ScootPad, her kids had not only become more comfortable with testing on a computer, but had also gained a new sense of confidence with Common Core content.

Jolinda explains what she needed to succeed:

“Our biggest challenge this year was getting students used to being on a computer to complete the new Common Core tests. I knew that my class needed a computer program that was able to not only help them adjust to taking tests on a computer, but truly focus on the change from multiple choice answers to a written answer/critical thinking format. As a teacher I have used Khan Academy, but the format is not as kid user-friendly as ScootPad and does not have the English/Language Arts Common Core focus my students needed.”

Jolinda stresses the impact ScootPad had on test preparation:

“Usually testing is an anxiety time for kids, and I thought this year would be especially difficult, because testing was all done on the computer. Instead, after we had finished our second day of Common Core testing, I was surprised to hear students say ScootPad was much harder than the test they had just completed.  Upon further discussion, all kids admitted that if they had not used ScootPad this year, the test would have been really hard.”

“Initially, my students were very frustrated when we started using ScootPad because the format was so different. The true success was my students’ initial frustration being turned into a sense of success. ScootPad has taught them that when practicing a skill, you learn from your mistakes by critically reasoning out problems.”

 

 

North Country Elementary, and over 30,000 other schools, are using ScootPad. To see your school’s learning impact, click here:

https://www.scootpad.com/metrics

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Ready or Not, BYOD is Here to Stay

Not too far in the future, students will be bringing in their own devices to school. They will have the option to pull out their own tablets (or other devices) and log on to learning platforms at any place and any time. Sound familiar? That’s the ScootPad mantra! We recognize the need for students to have personalized learning wherever and whenever. Whether students are logging on to ScootPad at school, home, or anywhere else, they are trekking through their own adaptive learning paths and achieving concept mastery.

School districts are still working out the logistics (security and bandwidth) for BYOD. They will need to switch over to digital content and offer online tools available to all student devices. On top of that, troubleshooting all the various devices won’t be a walk in the park for IT operations personnel.

Even with all these future adjustments, this change will bring about many benefits for students. The takeaway of BYOD (aka BYOT–Bring your own technology)? Students will be doing more research on their own, inspiring critical thinking. They will also be able to learn in their own environment and at their own pace.

Visit the Center for Digital Education website for more information:  http://www.centerdigitaled.com/news/Ready-or-Not-BYOD-is-Here-to-Stay.html

5 Ways to Improve US Education

What does the future of US education look like to you? How about a potential plan of action, including costs and benefits of a better, more cost effective system? Forbes organized this very scenario, planning out an investment in US education to see how it would affect the nation’s GDP. With an initial investment of $6.2 trillion over 20 years, the outcome was outstanding–a payoff of $225 trillion (over 80 years).

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Forbes had several education policy experts choose the top worldwide policies based on math scores and rates of high school graduation:

1. Teacher efficacy– Pay teachers a higher salary, which will pull in top college graduates to the profession. Monitor their performance and keep the best teachers around.

2. Universal pre-K– With only 52% of Pre-K aged kids attending school, children are not developing a solid educational base. Provide Pre-kindergarten for every American child.

3. School leadership– Raise principal salaries (to bring and retain top talent of course), have them attend training academies, and allow them to reform state laws and modify managing budgets–this would allow school principals to drive educational results.

4. Blended learning–We couldn’t agree with this one more! Provide computers for students and have teachers use digital media to enhance learning. Allow for differentiated learning so students can learn at their own pace. Facilitate training for schools and teachers to learn how to combine online learning with traditional learning.

5. Common Core/college readiness– We couldn’t have said it better–“Creating high national standards to ensure college-ready, globally competitive graduates.” Randall Lane, Forbes

At ScootPad, we directly enable two out of the five policies listed above. Based on the research done by Forbes, there is an enormous need for education reform in the US. Taking a few steps away from the traditional teaching style and bringing in digital media and creating a blended learning environment to support teachers, is where the future of US education is headed. With the support of a 100% Common Core aligned online platform like ScootPad, teachers, schools, and parents will see a huge improvement in their childrens’ learning abilities and achievements.

Seems like a good plan to us! What are your thoughts?

 

Visit Forbes for more information:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/randalllane/2014/12/01/heres-a-plan-to-turn-around-u-s-education-and-generate-225-trillion/2/

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

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

Improved Student Enrollment & Parent Engagement

We’re excited to release improvements to the enrollment process which makes adding and enrolling students easier than ever for teachers and admins. Teachers can now see their entire student roster from within their classroom, and admins can bulk enroll students into classrooms.

Improvements For Teachers

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On the student roster page, teachers can easily add new students, enroll existing students, and print Google sign up instructions. Teachers can print Sign In cards, Parent Letters and also sign in as a student with just one-click/touch. Adding parent accounts also got much easier, just enter the parent email address and click Add!

Improvements for Admins

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Admins can now bulk enroll students into classrooms after creating student accounts. Simply enter the student userIDs (comma separated or copy/paste from excel) to enroll many students into a classroom at once.

For step-by-step instructions on how to add and enroll students, please visit: http://help.scootpad.com/knowledgebase/topics/63243-managing-student-and-teacher-accounts

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

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Update on bug fixes and features. Plus, What’s Next?

THANK YOU all for embracing the change and transitioning to the new ScootPad. We greatly appreciate your support and all the feedback/suggestions you’ve sent us over the past 2 weeks – please keep them coming! In this update we wanted to let you know which issues were fixed, which features have been improved and released. Also, here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect in the next few weeks.

Practice Results (Math & ELA):
- Practice results for Teachers (Assignment Review Page & Learning Activity Report)
- Practice results for Students (Assignments Page & Learning Activity Report)
– Improved Practice Results format for all practices/assignments completed after 22nd Sep
– It’s now easy to report content issues by simply clicking the “Report Issue” link in the Practice Results page
Concept Improvement:
Teachers can assign concept improvement from the “Proficiency By Standard” report by simply selecting the standards and clicking “Concept Improvement” from the Actions drop-down.
Spelling Assignments
- Teachers can now create custom word lists with their own words and sentences
– Teachers can now share word lists with their School or Everyone on ScootPad
– While adding a new assignment, teachers can now filter/search word lists by Grade Level
- Bug with the spelling results/review page has been fixed
- “Show Word” option now available to show spelling words to students
What’s next on our priority list for the next few weeks?
1) Mastery-Based Report Card (replacing the old progress report)
2) Intervention Dashboard & Monitoring Tool
3) Assessments Results & Report to Measure Growth
4) Practice Features: Scratchpad & Fireworks
5) Spelling games and activities (new & improved)
6) Improved Student Enrollment (one-step enrollment for teachers, faster upload for admins)
We hope you are enjoying the new and improved ScootPad 3.0. To learn more about the new interface and features in-depth, we invite you to join our Free weekly live webinars by visiting https://www.ScootPad.com/training.
Again, Thank You for all the feedback and helping us make ScootPad better every day.
Cheers,
ScootPad Team

 

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