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.”

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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!”

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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

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

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