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

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

Achieve 156% or better Rate of Learning

On average, students on ScootPad are achieving 156% Rate Of Learning (ROL). ScootPad’s Rate of Learning algorithms are real-time and based on data collected across multiple data points for over a million students. It represents the average pace at which students master concepts relative to their grade level.  Today’s post will cover what this means for student learning and how it can help you measure your students’ progress.

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Use the Rate of Learning chart to see how your classroom and school compare to other classrooms on ScootPad across both math and reading. On average students on ScootPad learn 1.56 times more than a student not using ScootPad, which means an average 3rd grade student would master all of 3rd grade and 56% of the 4th grade concepts.

ROL for each individual student

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Our new Rate of Learning Report lets you see where in the class each student stands in both Math and ELA/Reading. Use this report to compare students, identify who might need more practice or extra help mastering concepts and accelerate student learning.

Excite Competition

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Our new Top 10 Leaderboard shows the schools with the highest Rate of Learning for both Math and ELA/Reading. Use this Leaderboard to motivate your kids to master more concepts and push your school to the top!

In summary, ScootPad’s Rate of Learning will help you:

Measure the rate at which your students are learning
Monitor your student, class, and school progress compared to the ScootPad average
Motivate students to master concepts faster and see your school on the leaderboard

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

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Happy Holidays!

 Happy holidays from everyone here at ScootPad! We wish you all a fun and safe holiday season and a happy new year!

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Here are some fun Christmas factoids!

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

So What’s Ultra Premium All About?

In this Feature Spotlight Series post, we will shine a spotlight on the four key features that set the Ultra Premium classroom plan apart from the Premium. For a comprehensive list of what features are under each type of plan, we recommend you to review our plans & pricing page.

Ultra Premium is ScootPad’s most recommended plan which brings all of our amazing features to the plate for Educators, Students & Parents!

1) Common Core Assessments

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You will have access to REAL-TIME formative Common Core Assessments in Math and ELA/Reading. Whether it’s daily, weekly, or monthly, assess your kids in specific standards and measure growth.

2) eBooks

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Nurture your kids’ love of reading by having them access our library of over 300 Common Core, GRL, and Lexile aligned eBooks.

3) Behavior Management

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Record and track your students’ behavior not only for accurate record-keeping but for great insight into behavior trends in your classroom. Use this great feature to UP student engagement & behavior with real-time feedback.

4) Student Engagement

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EACH student in your Ultra Premium classroom will receive the student engagement plan (i.e. The Silver Plan). This empowers & motivates kids to learn even more with real-time access to all learning & engaging features ScootPad has to offer such as the advanced reports & avatars! Parents will also be involved and they’ll have full capabilities viewing advanced reports.

All in all, here are 4 reasons why you should consider Ultra Premium:
→ DRIVE improvement with real-time Common Core Assessments
→ FOSTER a love for reading
→ BOOST class behavior
→ And ACCELERATE learning with the student engagement plan

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

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Calling All Admins! See how you can Fully Leverage your Admin Account!

As part of our Feature Spotlight Series which highlights ScootPad features in-depth, we will cover the important features that are available to school/district administrators. If your school doesn’t already have a FREE admin account, it’ll only take a couple of minutes to sign up for one.

As the admin, there are many capabilities at the end of your fingertips! Right off the bat get a quick snapshot of your school’s metrics.

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1) Personalize your school’s dedicated sign in page

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Just enter in your school’s name, any instructions or greetings (optional), and save & Preview. It’s as easy as that! And speaking of ease, giving everyone at your school a 1-click access to ScootPad from your website takes just less than a minute.

2) Set up new teachers on ScootPad with just a couple of clicks

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Type in the teacher’s email address and give them a password, and you’re set! We do the rest for you! The new teacher will receive an email from us with their sign in information.

3) Seamlessly set up classrooms and manage co-teacher access

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You can create a new class on ScootPad and assign it to any teacher at your school. Also, grant access to co-teachers so that a class can have multiple teachers linked.

4) Manage all student accounts at your school without hassle

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Bulk upload kids into your classrooms by copying & pasting from an excel or CSV file AND be able to choose specific kids to move from one class to another.

5) Quick & Simple Upgrade Process

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Generate a quote at any time, fax a PO together with the quote, and credits will be added to your admin account within 24 hours. You could then apply the credits and upgrade multiple classrooms all in one sweep. Everything is ready for kids’ potential to ignite!

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

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

A Complete Makeover (Due 4th Feb 2013)

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ScootPad is getting a complete makeover!

We’ve revamped the entire ScootPad site with two key objectives 1) to make it more user friendly & 2) to release tons of awesome features to further enhance & accelerate learning.

On 4th Feb 2013 (Monday), when you Sign In to ScootPad, you’ll notice that things are different. Everything about the new site will be more simpler, cleaner, and beautiful, so you can get the most out of ScootPad much faster and easier. Our revamped mobile apps (iPad, Android, Kindle & Nook) will be much faster and easier to use.

Introducing ScootPad Premium!

We’re very excited to introduce a ton of Premium features for teachers, parents and students which will significantly enhance student engagement, differentiation for each student, in-depth & timely assessment of learning needs and better teacher-student-parent collaboration. More details and how-to tours will be released on 4th Feb.

While we are enabling such significant improvements and changes to ScootPad, we made sure teachers, students and parents do not have to worry about missing or loosing or reentering any data – your data will be intact and will be fully available for you in the new site (you don’t have to do anything).

ScootPad Downtime: 3rd Feb 2013 (Sunday) 4PM PST to 10PM PST (6 hrs)

ScootPad will be unavailable during this maintenance window while we migrate to the new site. All your data (as of 4pm PST on 3rd Feb) will be available once ScootPad comes back up at 10pm PST on 3rd Feb. We do not anticipate any specific tasks you need to do either before or after this upgrade. Your ScootPad Sign In userid/email and passwords will remain the same. We will make sure this release is as smooth and uneventful as our previous releases.

Thanks again for all your feedback and suggestions, we look forward to your continued support in the coming weeks and months in making ScootPad awesome & valuable for all of you!

Cheers,

ScootPad Team!

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