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!
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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

E-learning on a Snow Day!

Instead of making up snow days at the end of the school year or by extending school days, how about engaging in E-learning at home instead?? This is exactly what the Frontier School Corporation School District called for.

snow_dayWednesday, January 7th,  classes were canceled in many school districts in Chalmers, Indiana, due to the extreme cold temperatures.  Frontier Junior Senior High School  students experienced their very first day using E-learning, at home. There were two support staffers at the school to answer calls for any technical questions the students had while using their rented Chromebooks.

A senior at the high school, Jacquie Chitty mentioned how the E-learning system assigned more than just busy work, but it implemented the state standards, “It’s faster, and I can get right to the point instead of having to listen to the lecture, but it would also be nice to have the lecture just in case I get lost.”

ScootPad uses 100% Common Core Standards, so students like Jacquie Chitty can learn at their own pace and gain deeper knowledge in the Common Core concepts. However Jacquie mentioned the need of having a resource for when she “gets lost”. ScootPad has a remedy. For the moments when students get confused or don’t entirely know how to answer a homework question, they can click on a “Scootorial” (engaging audio-visual explanation assigned to each homework problem) to receive the appropriate instruction and to wash away any doubts.

Both students and parents alike saw the value in E-learning. (Plus, one less snow day to make up!)

For more information, visit: http://www.wthr.com/story/27785328/schools-use-cold-day-to-try-out-e-learning

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

Spark Curiosity to Create Problem Solving Opportunities

I am always trying to find real world problems for my students to relate to and get excited by. I want them to see the value in learning and the ways it applies to everyday problems they seek to solve. I had the perfect opportunity arise the other day. When Samuel finished his ELA practice, he invited me over to see his success. I gave him a high-five and admired his hard work. Then he commented that it took him 689 seconds to do the set. “How long is that?” he asked curiously.

Curiosity can leads to all kinds of problem solving!

Curiosity can leads to all kinds of problem solving!

“Hmmm…I’m not sure. What do you think?” I posited, seeing if he would take the bait.

“Well…” He began.

I could see the wheels turning. Bingo! I knew I had him. He went on to apply logical thinking and applied reasoning to figure out how long the practice had taken him. I will admit, I was wondering myself why the time was in seconds, but I guess a little mystery and a bit of curiosity answers the question! Now how do I answer him when he asked why he didn’t get the full 20 coins??

What surprising ways have you been able to plug in problem solving with new features on ScootPad?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

ScootPad School-Wide Adoption Envy

I attended the ScootPad teacher webcast the other day. I consider myself pretty well-versed in the platform, but I’m always pleasantly surprised to learn that no matter how much I think I know about technology, I don’t know much. :)

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I arrived a bit late so I missed the intro but did catch on pretty quickly to realize they were talking about moving students. More specifically,  they were discussing how to move a student out of one classroom and into another classroom within the same account so as not to delete the student altogether. The teachers who had their entire school using ScootPad could easily do this.

That’s when I got envious. Although I have been using ScootPad for years, I am only going in to my second year teaching at my school. I have used it with my own kids (still do) and with a number of different classrooms of kids. But always as a solo teacher. I love, love, love what it brings to the kids I work with and I know how its usefulness adapts over time. As I sat and listened to the webinar, I imagined what it would be like to have our whole school using the platform… school_scootpad

Wow! That would be so cool! If your whole school is using ScootPad, what is that like? What benefits have you seen? I’d love to hear stories!

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

Evidence of Summer Learning

As anyone who has read my blog posts recently knows, I have put a great deal of effort into helping my students get excited about continuing to use ScootPad over the summer. I have no idea what to expect as summer goes on and their memory of my encouragement wears off, but I was pleasantly surprised the first week by the fact that 13 students of mine had logged in over the past 11 days. For me, that alone marked success, in that keeping kids engaged in learning in June is a near impossible feat!

But of course, I want more than simply to have students log-in. I want students learning! With the give and take in the classroom, and the opportunities I set up for my students to come in at lunch or recess to do ScootPad, I have a number of chances to interface with them about what is easy and hard for them. But with so few opportunities to do that over the summer, I have my eyes peeled for evidence of advancement.

Happily, I saw some today. “TJ” as I will call her is a good student, but one who has not been on ScootPad much over the year. Either she didn’t have access at home, or didn’t want to spend her free time at school adding on more learning…whatever the reason, she did not do more than was allotted in the times she had in class, and even then she was often behind in her work in general. Yet she is the one student who  did all 3 math practices and all 4 reading practices that I assigned for week 1–the first week school was out for the summer!

TJ's math practices for the first week of June

TJ’s math practices for the first week of June

Her scores were interesting: She did well on the last practice of Unit 2, but then took a nosedive for the first practice of Unit 3. I took a look at what was tripping her up in the new unit. Below was more-or-less what I saw across the board for the types of mistakes she was making: word problems, rounding, and measurement.

Mistakes TJ had made in the Unit 3 Practice 1 assignment

Mistakes TJ had made in the Unit 3 Practice 1 assignment

 

Normally, when I see this type of drop in scores, I do a check-in with the student. Not possible in the summer. But, to my delight, it is clear she persisted through the frustration of not doing well, and she applied what she learned from her mistakes to the very next practice. Take a look at hew new ability in the following practice:

TJ not only showed persistence, but also evidence of having learned from her mistakes!

TJ not only showed persistence, but also evidence of having learned from her mistakes!

For TJ to independently log in to ScootPad, challenge herself with a new unit and then persist with a difficult and frustrating practice shows tremendous growth for her from the beginning of the year. Happily, being the school GT teacher, I see a number of my kids over a number of years, so I will get to continue to work with TJ in the fall. She’s a great candidate for our Summer ScootPad-ers Pizza Party I am already planning for our return to school!

How do you measure growth when your students are no longer with you?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

Meet Our Interns!

Please join us in welcoming our 2014 Summer Interns! They have joined us from all over the country to work on some interesting projects and to make an impact on millions of students using ScootPad!

Alekya

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“Hey! I’m from Seminole, Florida and am a sophomore in high school. I like to listen to music, play sports, and watch movies.”

Cavan clashofclans

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“Hello! I am currently a senior in high school and am from Campbell, California. I really enjoy working at ScootPad because everyone is super nice, helpful and the program is just great! During my time off work, I enjoy hanging with friends, listening to music, and gaming some. If you play Clash of Clans and read this, join my clan! PAX-13. Now have a great day.”

Connor

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“Hey! My name is Connor and I am currently a junior in high school. I’m from Saratoga, California and I love listening to music and playing sports.”

Kevin batman_logo

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“Hi, my name is Kevin, and I am currently a junior at a high school in Gotham… sorry it’s actually in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I enjoy running, drawing, playing the piano, and fighting crime ehm I mean coding. I’m super excited to be working at ScootPad this summer, and I already exceeded the 1-2 sentence limit for this post, so bye!”

Meghna double icecream cone melonheadz colored

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“Hi! I am a junior in high school and live in San Jose, California. I enjoy spending time with other people and I love to eat. :-)

 

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Thank You Riverside Elementary!

The ScootPad team was overjoyed to receive these beautiful, well written thank you letters from Mindy Shaw’s 5th Grade Classroom!

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Mrs. Shaw is a 5th grade teacher at Riverside Elementary in Chattaroy, Washington. She is also an active member of our Teacher Advisory Board and has been using ScootPad with her classroom over the past year. We are so happy to see ScootPad is making such a big difference in her students’ learning!

We would like to share some of the kind and encouraging words with you:

“This program improved my skills both in math, and in reading.”

“When I move up a unit, it’s a challenge at first, but then I understand the concepts.”

“I thought I could never get better at math, but you guys helped me by letting us use ScootPad.”

“Thank you for helping me be a better math and reading student.”

“I have become a great learner from your program.”

“I have fun and learn at the same time.”

“Thank you guys for letting me challenge myself in the math and reading”

“You have made me feel special for going to the next level”

We want to give a final big “Thank You!” to Mrs. Shaw’s classroom! You and other students like you are the inspiration behind everything we do!

We hope ScootPad has made an impact on your classroom, too! We would love for you to share your experience with us on our “Love ScootPad” page: https://www.scootpad.com/love

Or you can write to us:

ScootPad Corporation
1551 McCarthy Blvd, Suite 114
Milpitas, CA 95035

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

ScootPad Helps Make Learning Fun at Hillsborough Elementary

gradoneschoolpictureMs. Gradone, a third grade teacher at Hillsborough Elementary School in New Jersey, shares her ‘secret weapon’ for getting students excited about learning, “ScootPad has motivated my student’s inside and outside of the classroom.” She explains further, “They are forming a community within the classroom and working their hardest to inspire each other to become the ‘class leader.'”

 

Hillsborough’s Challenge:

“As a teacher, I am constantly hearing the words, “I don’t like school,” or “school is boring.” My goal as a teacher is not only to teach children and see them succeed academically but to have them develop a passion for learning. This has been a constant struggle for most teachers.”

ScootPad’s Solution:HillsboroughElemStar

“ScootPad has provided the grounds to help motivate children to learn and engage them in a safe environment. ScootPad has a user friendly interface that influences children to practice their mathematics and literacy skills. Although the children are still practicing their reading and math skills while using ScootPad, the website offers much more incentives that make learning more engaging. For example, my students like to encourage each other on the class wall, create their own avatars, and earn coins by practicing in order to earn incentives and rewards. ScootPad offers incentives depending on the amount of coins earned and teachers can also input their own rewards. Students become unaware that they are actually doing “work” and that is what is contributing to their earning coins. They see participating in the assignments as fun and interactive.”

Promising Results:

“Overall, my students have become more motivated to learn. Not only do they ask to use ScootPad more often throughout the day, but they are using it at home every night. They have taken control of their own learning and their desires have exploded. They are more engaged than ever!”

 Hillsborough

To see more real-time stats about Hillsborough Elementary’s success with ScootPad, please click here: https://www.scootpad.com/schools/123707

Hillsborough Elementary (along with 30,000 other schools!) is using ScootPad. To see your school’s learning impact, click here: https://www.scootpad.com/metrics

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

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