Loving the New Interface!

I’ll admit it. I hate change. Hate it. Just ask my husband. And kids. Unfortunately, I chose to be an educator, which means change is constant. It’s not always bad, and I know that, but I still say it: I hate change.

But I LOVE the new interface on ScootPad! So far, it’s awesome! One change I noticed instantly that I love is the ability to download only select student log ins or parent letters. This is so valuable to me, as I will add or remove students across the year. Needing to rifle through huge PDFs to find the kids I want was annoying. The new select system is super simple!

Choose only the students you want to get log ins for!

Choose only the students you want to get log ins for!

Another exciting way to differentiate experiences is with the rewards. I can now choose which students are offered which rewards. So I can separate out by reading group or math class or other means. Hooray! :)

Choose which students get which rewards!

Choose which students get which rewards!

 

And I discovered these 2 treasures within the first 3 minutes of opening the new platform. I’m so excited to keep experimenting and seeing what other goodies await me! :) What useful new tools do you have at your disposal?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

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

 

Introducing ScootPad 3.0!

Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce ScootPad 3.0! We’ve re-imagined ScootPad with your feedback in mind while getting much closer to realizing our original vision for the product. Our team has worked extremely hard on lots of great new features that will help you engage students and accelerate learning like never before. While change is hard, we greatly appreciate your patience as you adopt the new features which are guaranteed to make it much easier to use ScootPad while saving you a ton of valuable time.

Below, find the list of new features and improvements that are currently available. Also, please find a list of issues and improvements releasing in the coming days.

New Design & Usability Improvements:
1) Every page has been redesigned to be easier to use
2) Improved navigation making it quick and easy to access all features
3) Mobile ready with Free apps on all major mobile devices (iPads, Androids etc.)
4) Easy to get Help, browse online articles or report issues with screenshots
5) One-Click Student Sign In page (students don’t need to remember their userids)
Adaptive Learning Paths & Practice
6) Easier to adopt standard learning paths or create your own custom learning paths
7) Copy learning paths and easily switch paths for students
8) New color coded honeycombs to review standards in the learning path
9) Improved student view of the learning path and color coded concept proficiency
10) Easy to customize your classroom proficiency goal and mastery settings
Assignments & Homework
11) Ability to copy existing assignments and easily reassign to students
12) View assignments by Student – easy to review all assignments for a student
13) Improved search for concepts by grade level and using keywords
14) Improved placement tests which are now easier to assign and track
15) Easily access assignments across all subjects
Assessments & Intervention Tools
16) 20+ new and unique technology-based interactive assessment question formats
17) Brand new intervention tool to automate 3-tiers of intervention & monitoring
18) Ability to copy existing assessments and easily assign them to students
Introducing Scootorials!
19) Interactive step-by-step instruction to help students understand a concept easily
20) Suggested Scootorials on students’ dashboard by our recommendation engine
21) Scootorials help students as they practice enabling independent learning
22) Students are tested immediately after each Scootorial to assess their knowledge
eBooks Library
23) eBooks library now easy for students to browse and read any book in any level
24) One-click reading log assignment from the eBooks library
25) Configure your own reading responses and easily review and grade student responses
26) New reading reports to track reading by book, by student and by rubric
Behavior Tracking
27) New behavior dashboard with one-click recording of positive and negative behaviors
28) Behavior data and reports are much easier to review by student, by behavior or by timeframe
Collaboration & Engagement
29) New classroom leaderboards in Math and ELA. Leaderboards across Spelling, eBooks, Behavior, Coins and Badges coming soon.
30) Improved rewards module where you can now assign appropriate reward icons
31) New Coin reports to show you a complete log of coins earned by students
32) New Student Wall where students can send positive shoutouts to their friends
33) Improved security for adding a friend and a lot more fun/engaging Shoutouts
Insights & Reports
34) Enhanced reports dashboard with new “Student Proficiency Trend” charts
35) Easy to use Proficiency By Standard and Proficiency By Student reports
36) New Learning Activity and improved Learning Trend Reports
37) REINVENTED Mastery-Based Report Card – a newer way to measure progress
38) Improved reports with easy to read charts across Spelling, Writing, eBooks and Behavior
Student Learning Experience
39) New dashboard for students to easily find and launch tasks
40) One-click practice launch with much smoother and better practice experience
41) Improved Read-Aloud with human-voice where possible across Math and ELA
42) Recommended Scootorials available to watch right from the dashboard
43) Expanded student reports to make it easy for students to own their learning
Parents & At-Home Learning Zone
44) Introducing the At-Home Learning Zone for parents (get all learning features typically available to teachers)
45) Review students’ progress in a classroom while managing additional learning at-home
46) Monthly student license subscription (now $6.99/month) is back on popular demand
47) Parent Wall to collaborate with the teacher 24×7 (coming soon)
Administrator Features
48) Bulk upload students and manage enrollment, classrooms, teacher accounts etc.
49) Site Wide Assessments (coming soon)
50) Site Wide Learning Paths (coming soon)
Known Issues & Upcoming Improvements:
➜ Unable to Sign In using IE 8 browser – Resolved. ScootPad works best with IE 9+.
➜ Unable to launch practices in certain circumstances – Resolved.
➜ Can’t find past student assignment data (adaptive practices) (ETA: 23rd Sep)
➜ Students can’t complete assessments assigned prior to 22nd (ETA: 23rd Sep)
➜ Practice Results Report – new and improved report (ETA: 26th Sep)
➜ Ability to assign concept improvement from reports (ETA: 26th Sep)
➜ Ability to save and share Spelling Lists (ETA: 26th Sep)
➜ Intervention Dashboard & Monitoring Tools (ETA: 3rd Oct)
➜ Mastery-Based Report Cards (ETA: 3rd Oct)
➜ Improved ScratchPad for Math during practice (ETA: 3rd Oct)
We hope you enjoy ScootPad 3.0. Should you have any questions, issues to report or need some help, please click Help from your account and contact us! To learn more about the new features in-depth, we invite you to join our Free weekly live webinars by visiting https://www.ScootPad.com/training.
Thanks for all of your great feedback, your support and for making ScootPad a part of your learning solution.
Cheers,
ScootPad Team

 

Scheduled Maintenance Downtime

Scheduled Maintenance Downtime: ScootPad will be down for maintenance (i.e. new release) between these times: 8PM PST Friday 19th Sep 2014   Until   8PM PST Sunday 21st Sep 2014.  Please make a note of this schedule.

We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to work hard to deliver a totally revamped ScootPad which is guaranteed to make it much easier to use and save you more time.

Thanks again for your cooperation and patience!

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Back-To-School-Night: Resources To Share

We’ve made it easy for you to educate parents about ScootPad using these back-to-school-night resources. If you are new to ScootPad, please create a new classroom and enroll/add your students first. Share these resources by printing or simply forwarding this page to parents.

Introduce ScootPad


Poster

1-page Poster about ScootPad

Handout

2-page handout about ScootPad

Presentation

Introduce ScootPad using this presentation.
How-It-Works Videos

For Students
6 minutes

For Parents
2 minutes
Sign-In Cards & Parent Letters

Student Sign-In Cards
Under Students tab, click the “Print Student Sign-In Cards” button. For easy peel-away & sticking, print on a 2.3 x 3.3 inch name badge adhesive label paper.

Parent Invitation Letters
Under Students tab, click the “Print Parent Invitation Letters” button. You get one page per student to share with that student’s parents.

We wish you all the best for the new school year! If there is anything we can do, drop us a note from the “Help: Ask For Help” link within your account.

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

22nd September: New Release Date

We’re moving the totally revamped ScootPad release date to 22nd September 2014. This additional 2 weeks of time was added to the original release schedule mainly to accommodate the following requests:

» Extra time for all to purchase and lock-in licenses at the current low prices (prices are set to increase)
» Extra time for our engineering team to add more features requested and voted by many of you
» Extra time for our user experience team to thoroughly test and resolve issues before the release

Scheduled Maintenance Downtime: ScootPad will be down for maintenance (i.e. new release) between these times: 8PM PST Friday 19th Sep 2014   Until   8PM PST Sunday 21st Sep 2014. Reminders will be send 24hrours prior to the maintenance start time. Please make a note of this schedule.

We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to work hard to deliver a totally revamped ScootPad which is guaranteed to make it much easier to use and save you more time.

If you have any concerns or questions about this new schedule, please contact us at support@scootpad.com or call us at 1-888-666-3106 (9-5 PST M-F). Thanks again for your cooperation and patience!

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Upcoming Basic/Free Classroom Changes

As previously announced, we’re releasing a totally revamped ScootPad on September 8th, 2014. While this release will improve the user experience and enable a ton of new features, it does introduce some changes to the Basic/Free Classroom(s).

Changes to Basic/Free Classrooms ONLY:

» Number of students will be limited to 50 per classroom
» Adaptive (Learning Path) based practice will no longer be available
» Assignments in Math and ELA will be limited to concepts from one grade level and must be manually assigned
» Reports and proficiency data/insights will no longer be available

To minimize the impact of this change/transition, we will automatically extend a 30-day free Lite Premium license to those with existing basic/free classrooms.

The Lite Premium license will let you continue to use all existing features of the basic/free classroom while giving you access to a ton of additional features such as spelling, writing, reading logs etc. Should you decide to continue using these features beyond the 30-days, you can upgrade your classrooms to Premium (Lite or Ultra) for as long as you like. Alternatively, you can continue to use the basic/free classrooms (with limited features) for as long as you like.

We hope you make a note of these important upcoming changes and make necessary plans. Should you have any further questions/concerns, you can email us at support@scootpad.com or call us at 1-888-666-3106 (9-5 PST M-F).

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

ScootPad Empowers Kids to Learn Independently

I was excited today when my son stumbled on his math practice on ScootPad. That sounds strange, doesn’t it? Why would this make me excited? Because he discovered a new tool!

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When my son gets stuck on a practice, he’ll call me over to problem solve with him. Sometimes, he has made a careless mistake. Sometimes he’s just not sure how to get started. Sometimes he’s encountering something he has never learned before. Such was the case today. He’s going in to second grade, but is doing 3rd grade math on ScootPad. Today he was asked to find the equivalent fraction for 2/3. Lots of important vocabulary here! Equivalent, numerator, denominator, etc. I sat with him and we talked about how to find equivalent fractions. I think I saw his eyes go buggy. Maybe I was going too quickly or talking too fast, I’m not sure, because I actually consider myself a pretty good teacher. :)

I said we could try a different example, but then he stopped me. “Don’t worry mom. I’ll just watch the lesson and I know I’ll get it!” He clicked the ‘play’ button next to the concept in his learning path and began listening and responding. As I watched him engage and respond to the questions I saw that glazed over look brighten.

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I was of course happy to see him click in to the words and ideas he was being asked to apply. But even more, I loved how he had discovered a new tool to support his learning. Not to free me from interacting with him about ideas and problems. But to allow each of use to have additional resources to support his expanding world of inquiry and knowledge. I do not want to be his only source of strategy, but I do want one that is reliable and that I too can interface with, with him. Happily, ScootPad provides both!

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

Online Learning Benefits

We were in the store the other day when my son saw a multiplication workbook. He has been working on his times tables and using this skill in his ScootPad practices. He was drawn to it immediately and wanted to get it. It was a dollar, so I thought it would be good to respond to his enthusiasm. He began happily working on it; what parent could complain? He asked if he could do the book instead of ScootPad for now, which, again, was fine with me, as my goal is always to build off engagement.

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But then it died. I quickly found it becoming a chore: me telling him to focus, to get to work, to finish the page. I became the driving force behind his progress instead of him being that, or the novelty of a new question popping up re-alerting and re-engaging him.

I took the booklet from him to take a look at it (which I had not even bothered to do before I bought it). Again, I was reminded of what is so disappointing and frustrating about books like this. There was a whole page devoted to drawing a line from each multiplication sentence to a giant zero in the middle of the page. A whole page of equations like 1×1, 1×2, 1×3 in numeric order. In short, a whole booklet of a waste of learning time and a zap of enthusiasm and learning energy. No wonder my son tired of it so quickly!

Workbooks like this often zap learning energy and excitement.

Workbooks like this often zap learning energy and excitement.

Like most of you, I am preparing for a new school year, both in my classroom and with my own children. And, like most of you, I review the choices I made last year for how my kids (biological and otherwise) will spend their time. I hadn’t purchased the multiplication book to evaluate my commitment to ScootPad. But when I had this inadvertent experience with my son’s multiplication book this week, I was reminded of everything I feel my kids get, and everything I am spared from, in choosing 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

 

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