A sneak peek at our new features launching this summer!

We’re thrilled to announce these awesome new features we have planned to launch before the next school year, and want YOU to be the first to know!  These improvements were inspired by YOUR feedback and OUR passion to make ScootPad the most comprehensive and user friendly tool for your classroom.

1) Deeper Engagement
Keep your students engaged and their parents “in-the-loop” with our new Message Center. Engage students with fun-filled activities such as Daily Trivia and concept mastery based gamification.

2) Adaptive Spelling Learning Paths
No need to spend time assigning specific spelling lists for each student. We’re implementing adaptive spelling learning paths to enhance student’s vocabulary on Auto-Pilot!

3) Adaptive eBooks Learning Paths
Don’t waste time assigning eBooks manually. ScootPad is implementing an eBooks Learning Path making it fully adaptive and self-paced for each student based on their reading level.

4) LTI Compliance
ScootPad will be LTI-enabled so schools and districts can easily integrate their existing SIS/LMS systems to seamlessly launch and also exchange assignment and grade information.

5) Full-Fledged Instruction
We have Scootorials for every concept, but we’re expanding this to enable full-fledged instruction giving students an easy-to-learn framework to learn independently and in collaboration.

6) Advanced Student Data Management
Past performance indicates future success. We’re implementing 360° Mastery Reports so teachers can get a true understanding of a student’s present as well as historical problem areas.

7) Flexible License Options
We’re flexible! We’re ready to create a plan that fits your needs.  Payment Plans and Pay-As-You-Go Site Licenses are on the way to help get ScootPad on any budget cycle.

8) Mobile Apps v3.0
We’re releasing our most intuitive Mobile App version yet! Expect an enhanced user experience on iPADs, Android Tablets, Windows Tablets and Kindle Fire devices.

9) District/School Wide Assessments
Admins: Build-Your-Own Assessments and push it to your entire District & Schools. Custom assessments standardized across your District/School!

10) New Content Curation & Recommendation Engine
We’ll enable our network of 100,000+ teachers to rate, flag & recommend content making it most accurate and aligned. We’ll also give you a choice to choose the best content for your students!

11) Next-Generation Open Content Platform
Want to add your own questions? Not a problem! Create your own assessment questions using one of our 50+ interactive formats. Share your content and leverage content shared/recommended by others!

12) Reading comprehension on Auto-Pilot
Students are automatically tested on their eBook reading comprehension skills with built-in quizzes. Engage your students with eBooks and put their reading levels on Auto-Pilot!

Are you excited yet? We are! We’ll be releasing these improvements through out this summer in preparation for the next school year. Not only that, but we invite you to join our FREE weekly webinars to see these new features in action and get ready to use them in your classroom!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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2 Small Assignment Features That Pack a Big Punch

We’re kicking things off right this summer as we gear up for the next school year, with 2 new assignment features – Recurring Assignments & eBook Reading Assignments. We’re calling these new features “small” because they’re smaller than a lot of the other amazing things we have in the works. But they’re great enhancements none the less, and we think you’ll love them.

Recurring Assignments

Recurring assignment feature helps you create weekly or monthly recurring assignments with just one-click – saving you time and the trouble of manually adding assignments each week or month. All you need to do is while creating an assignment, choose the Weekly or Monthly option from the drop-down labeled Repeat and select the end date until when you want these recurring assignments scheduled. That’s it – your recurring assignments will all be setup and automatically assigned to the students you selected. Here are the step-by-step instructions for you to follow.
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eBook Reading Assignments

We have a totally new eBook Reading Assignment section just to track the reading logs and student responses for eBooks. When you assign an eBook to students, it shows up on the students’ dashboard with two buttons: Read (clicking this will open the book to read) and Submit (clicking this will open a form to submit responses/answers). You can find all previously assigned eBooks under eBooks > Assignments page from your left nav.

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We hope you enjoy these great new enhancements. They’re small in the grand scheme of things, but sometimes it’s the small things that make all the difference.

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Summer Program Enrollment is now OPEN

We’re excited to announce OPEN enrollment for our 2015 Summer Program. We’ve designed the program specifically to help students retain their math and reading proficiencies while preparing them for the upcoming school year. It’s our most affordable, convenient, engaging and flexible summer program ever, giving parents, teachers, and schools several ways to engage their students in a fun-filled summer learning experience.

For more information, to enroll or to print flyers, please visit: https://scootpad.com/summer

Summer-enroll

If you have any questions about our summer program, please email us at summer@scootpad.com or simply call us at 1-800-994-0706. We’re looking forward to an awesome summer!

To get answers to frequently asked questions and for step-by-step instructions, please visit our Summer Program Online Help at: http://help.scootpad.com/knowledgebase/topics/82971-summer-program-2015

– The ScootPad Team

Design & Share Learning Paths within school or district-wide

Dear Teachers & Administrators,

We’re excited to announce this new feature which enables teachers and administrators to create, use and share custom learning paths with other teachers. Custom learning paths help you design your own curriculum in Math and ELA with the scope and sequence of common core concepts rightly aligned for your students.

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Here’s how you go about designing and sharing learning paths:

lpath-add Step 1) Add a Custom Learning Path
Under the “My Custom Learning Paths” tab of your Math or ELA Learning Paths page, click the “Add Learning Path” button to create a custom learning path.
 lpath-design Step 2) Design the scope and sequence of concepts 
Design your curriculum with the scope and sequence of standards/concepts to meet your students’ specific needs. You have access to all Common Core Standards/Concepts across all K-8 grade levels to choose from.
 lpaths-assign Step 3) Use it with your students  
Under the “Assigned To Students” tab, click the “Manage Student Paths and Units” button to assign a learning path to your student(s).
lpath-share Step 4) Share it with other teachers
From the “Actions” drop-down of your custom learning path, choose the “Share” option to share this learning path. Once shared, all teachers at your school can instantly access your learning path under the “Shared Learning Paths” tab in their accounts.

  • Teachers can share with other teachers at their school
  • School administrators can share with all teachers at their school
  • District administrators can share with all teachers across all schools in their district
Get started with designing your own learning paths and sharing them with teachers! If you need any help, you can refer to these step-by-step instructions, start a live chat with us from your account, email us at support@scootpad.com or simply give us a call at 1-800-994-0706.
Cheers!
ScootPad Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcing 2015 ScootPad Summer Program

Research shows that students lose 2 to 3 months of grade-level proficiency in math & reading every summer. We’re excited to announce the 2015 ScootPad Summer Program to help students retain their math and reading proficiencies while preparing them for the upcoming school year. It’s our most affordable, convenient and flexible summer program ever, giving parents, teachers, and schools several ways to engage their students in a fun-filled summer learning experience. The ScootPad Summer program is set to launch on May 1, 2015, and will run through the end of August. Online enrollment for parents will also begin on May 1, 2015.

Parents:

Here’s what you can expect from our summer program this year:

  • Do-it-yourself ($6.99/student/month): With a simple click of a button you can enable ScootPad’s summer curriculum coupled with the At-Home Learning Zone to manage the entire summer learning experience for your kids. We’re also here to help you every step of the way with tools and tips.
  • ScootPad-managed Summer Program ($29.99/student for the entire summer): Simply enroll your kids in our summer program and leave the rest to the ScootPad team! We’ll keep you informed of your kid’s learning every week. We’re also available via live chat, phone or email to answer any questions or to address any special requests.

Schools & Teachers:

Here’s what you can expect from our summer program this year:

  • Do-it-yourself: With a simple click of a button you can enable summer learning and prepare your students for the upcoming school year. You’ll have access to our specially-designed Summer Learning Paths and new auto-assignment features. We are also providing a FREE weekly webinar series starting May 1 to show you step-by-step how to navigate our Summer Learning Paths and to answer any questions. You’ll need either a Lite Premium or an Ultra Premium license to use these summer features for your classroom.
  • ScootPad-managed Summer Program ($29.99/student for the entire summer): Simply recommend parents to enroll their students in our summer program, and we’ll deliver the very best summer learning experience for each student! We’ll provide weekly summer progress reports for parents and also make cumulative summer reports available to teachers and schools.

Details, share-able flyers, free webinars and more, starting May 1! If you have any questions about our summer program or any special requests, please email us at summer@scootpad.com or simply call us at 1-800-994-0706. We’re looking forward to an awesome summer!

– The ScootPad Team

We’re Hiring! Are you a tech-savvy educator?

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At ScootPad, we’re building an awesome learning platform which delivers a personalized learning experience to millions of students. We make this possible with breakthrough technologies including adaptive algorithms, predictive analytics, data visualization and gamification – all working seamlessly to make learning accessible and affordable (a majority use it for free).

Are you ready to make a big impact? Do you want to join a small team at a fast-growing, highly-profitable startup? We are currently looking for a tech-savvy educator with experience in the classroom (teaching and/or implementing technology) to join our User Experience team. Every member of our team shares the responsibility to create an awesome user experience, but we need someone who is able to make supporting our users their #1 focus. You’ll answer questions, provide recommendations, train users and solve problems over email, live chat, and phone. You’ll become the ScootPad spokesperson for users while internally you are users’ eyes and ears helping the team prioritize and roll-out new features.

You should be local to the Bay Area (Silicon Valley) and ready to hit the ground running. To learn more about us, visit https://scootpad.com/about/team. To apply, email jobs@scootpad.com and tell us why you would be a good fit. We look forward to talking with you soon!

– The ScootPad Team

The Personalization Engine Powering ScootPad

Greetings ScootPad Users!

If you’re wondering how ScootPad works, check out the Platform section on scootpad.com. Dive in to see all the magic that happens behind the scenes at ScootPad, and how the platform works to personalize and accelerate learning for your students.

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Here’s a quick breakdown of the ScootPad platform:

DNA Personalization Engine a.k.a SkillsDNA
With SkillsDNA, your students have a personalized learning experience and are able to accelerate their learning by 2.5x with the predictive and prescriptive analytics engine. https://scootpad.com/platform/personalization
 content_engine Content Engine
Our engineers and content designers have worked hard to create the highly dynamic and interactive questions that your students practice on a daily basis. The questions are designed to test deeper conceptual knowledge! Click here and scroll down to experience the highly interactive questions! https://scootpad.com/platform/content
 mastery_learning Mastery Learning
“Schools cannot provide tutoring for every student but the use of mastery learning in combination with other practical methods could enable students to learn almost as well.”– Dr. Benjamin S Bloom. ScootPad enables a practical instructional strategy designed to quickly identify individual learning difficulties, prescribe just-in-time remediation, and enable rapid concept mastery. https://scootpad.com/platform/research
cloud Reliable & Elastic Cloud
What does this mean? 24/7 non-stop learning for your students! You and your students will enjoy uninterrupted and consistent ScootPad usage. https://scootpad.com/platform/cloud
lock Compliance & Data Security
ScootPad is in compliance with COPPA and FERPA. Student privacy is very important to us. This means that we never use, share, or sell personal student information to third parties, for any purpose. https://scootpad.com/platform/compliance
Now that you know how ScootPad works and how it has been so carefully designed to support student learning and achievement, get your students moving on their learning path!
Cheers!
Team ScootPad 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newly Designed Administrator Reports Now Available!

Hello ScootPad Users!

We are excited to announce the availability of district-wide and school-wide reports on ScootPad. Administrators on ScootPad can now access reports that include:

  • Dashboard with an overview
  • Proficiency by school (district only)
  • Proficiency by grade
  • Proficiency by classroom
  • Proficiency by standard
  • …all with an easy one-click drill down to review student data

District Administrators can see proficiency across all schools in their district. They can view various reports and further drill down by school, classroom, and student. With the new reports layout, administrators will be able to swiftly and quickly see the performance of the various schools in their district.

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District-wide reports


School Administrator reports are also available, with drill down by grade, classroom, and standard. These reports have been re-designed to be more convenient and efficient for school administrators to quickly see the proficiency of all classrooms in their school, with just a couple clicks!

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School-wide reports

If you don’t have a school or district administrator account, go ahead and sign up for free!

Cheers!
Team ScootPad

Adaptive Learning now available FREE for all Basic Classrooms!

Greetings ScootPad Users!

We are excited to announce that all basic/free classrooms now have the fully automated adaptive learning mode available at no extra cost. If you have a Basic/Free classroom on ScootPad, it now has the adaptive learning mode enabled and ready for your students to launch self-paced practices in Math and ELA. Your students can launch unlimited practices and master concepts from their grade-appropriate learning paths in Math and ELA. All you need to do is to have your students sign in, and launch a practice!

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With the fully-automated learning mode enabled, you do not need to manually assign practices/assignments for your students – this saves you time while giving your students unlimited practice 24×7. Feel free to click on the help dropdown for helpful videos and articles, or reach out to us directly to get any questions answered, we are always here to help!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

6 Tips to Prepare your Students for High Stakes Tests

students_standardized_testingWhen it comes to preparing your students for high stakes tests such as PARCC, SBAC, and FSA, it is important to provide them with a balance of activities that will help them prepare for these tests while also alleviating their testing anxiety. State standardized tests measure student progress in the Common Core State Standards with the goal of having college and career ready graduates. By utilizing the following 6 tips, you will be providing your students with a strong game plan for concept mastery and success with these tests.

1. Testing Discussion
By engaging in an open dialogue with your students about testing, they will be able to ask questions about the tests and learn about the benefits. This is also a great opportunity to talk about test taking anxiety and provide ways to decrease stress. You can give your students more time outside of the classroom to play games to recharge and reset their young  minds. Throughout the day and in between activities, you can also allow students to freely use their ScootPad accounts to play learning games and unwind.

2. Daily Practices
Begin each day with a custom practice assignment for your students. You can take a look at standardized testing websites to learn which standards your students will be tested on. Then you can go to ScootPad and easily pick and choose the concepts you would like to assign your students for their practices. You have the option to create manual or adaptive practice assignments.

3. Real-time Reports
Use real-time data to see which concepts your students are struggling with and assign them concept improvement practices for those concepts. You can go to your reports dashboard for both Math and ELA, and you can see the following reports:  standards reports, student reports, activity reports, trend reports, and mastery reports. Teachers can easily drill down in these reports to see which concepts need to be practiced or retaught. The intervention dashboard is also a good place to see real-time data showing three Tiers of students and the concepts that they are struggling with. At that point, you can assign concept improvement practice for your kids.

4. Practice Assessments
Start giving your students practice assessments a couple months before testing will happen. Giving an assessment every week, and covering different concepts, will be a good way to familiarize your students with high stakes test formats. They will improve their keyboarding skills and be more comfortable with taking tests on the computer. You can also time the assessments in class, so your students can get a feel for the testing environment.

5. Literacy Activities
Check out your eBooks library. Assign eBooks and reading assignments with reading prompts, to further prepare your students for the ELA portion of testing.

6. ScootPad Support
For tips and advice on how to utilize ScootPad for test preparation, take a look at our helpful how-to videos or reach out to us!

When testing is over, make sure to celebrate with your students!

Cheers!

ScootPad Team

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