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

New Ways to Unlock Hidden Potential

I think sometimes we are overly cautious when it comes to learning. There is good reason for this cautiousness, as some students do best when walked carefully along the path of incremental success, but become bored at this slower pace. Thus, sometimes I wonder if we don’t give children enough opportunity to face new learning, especially with math.grade_A

A student of mine was finishing up second grade math, so I graduated him to 3rd grade math for his summer practice. I adjusted the learning path to 3rd grade, but I forgot to change the unit placement to Unit 1. Thus, he was actually placed on the Comprehensive unit of 3rd grade, material he’s never been taught before! He was 3 practices in before I realized my mistake. However, he was doing great, with an average score of 95% on his practices.

I realized he was using his mathematical intuition and sense of numerical understanding to attack these challenging new problems. And I am reminded that sometimes, when cast into the open waters, children simply figure out how to swim.

Have any happy mistakes helped you realize new things about your students?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

Go Green and Assign a Practice!

Passing out homework, grading assignments, and preparing assessments, that sounds like a lot of paper being used and time spent!

Over 150,000 teachers have saved over 5,000 trees (that’s at least one forest!) by leveraging ScootPad in their classrooms.

green_treeBeing good to the environment isn’t all we have to offer. We know it takes time to reteach concepts and prepare review worksheets for your students.
ScootPad takes care of all this for you by providing automated and adaptive assignments and assessments that will focus on each specific student, and guide them all to concept mastery.

Almost 600,000 hours of teacher time has been saved by all our teachers, giving them time to focus on other important things, like curriculum development and adjustments, and student one-on-one time.

So go ahead and assign a practice on ScootPad. Our interactive and technology-enhanced questions are sure to keep your students engaged and motivated.

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What is your impact on student learning, cost saving, and the environment? Measure your impact using ScootPad!

Cheers!

ScootPad Team

 

ScootPad: At Your Service!

ScootPad users, we’ve launched some new support features, just for you! Under the help button on your dashboard, you have some options:

  1. search help - search for answers and browse through our knowledge base to see if your questions have already been answered
  2. chat - you’ll receive answers in real-time, for your quick questions throughout the day
  3. @scootpadsupport – send us a tweet, to get answers from us and from the rest of the ScootPad community

As always, you can submit a help request or give us a call!

 

Designing a Blended Learning Program

Ryan ElementaryYour school brought technology into the classroom, now you should see amazing results and improvements in learning, right? Not necessarily. Many schools have experienced the on-boarding of technology into their classrooms with minimal student results to show for it.

Authors Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker explain in their book, Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools, a process to make blended learning work in your school.

Step 1: Identify a goal/problem –  Identify a school-wide goal, or problem that needs to be solved.

Step 2: Organize a team –  Involve a support team to help teachers design their blended learning structure in the classroom.

Step 3: Design the student experience – View education from the students’ perspective, to see what they want to learn, which experiences motivate them to learn, and how schools can pull together the resources to enforce this.

Step 4: Design the teacher experience – Provide teachers with more opportunities to grow in their field by offering them recognition, providing team teaching, and giving them more authority.

Step 5: Align technology – Offer technology and devices that cater to both the student and teacher experiences.

Step 6 – Adjust the physical environment – Should the classroom setting be more traditional or more  tailored for blended learning? Adjust accordingly.

Step 7 – Execute – School leaders should monitor the blended learning experience in their schools, and make adjustments and changes to improve the experience.

Both Horn and Staker believe in using a well thought out design process to implement blended learning in schools, in the most effective way so that students are absorbing knowledge and teachers are adjusting their teaching styles accordingly. They believe that this  design process will help schools transition from the traditional model to one that is more student-centered. At ScootPad, we  have  carefully designed our learning platform to be highly personalized and adaptive for each student and teacher. ScootPad is here to make the blended learning transition easy for both students and teachers, by offering many features including the common core curriculum, adaptive learning paths, assignments and homework, instruction, formative assessments, proactive intervention, eBooks, behavior tracking, insights and reports, games, and this is all accessible 24/7, on any device, anywhere!

 

Visit The Journal for more information: http://thejournal.com/Articles/2015/01/28/Designing-a-Blended-Learning-Program.aspx?Page=2

ScootPad’s Fun New Features!

We have exciting news for all our ScootPad users! We’ve added some exciting new features for your students to enjoy, including Games, Wallpapers, Color Themes, and Animated Avatars. Teachers, if you’d like to restrict certain features, you can do that under your classroom settings.

1. Games – We’ve added 11 education-focused games. Each game invites students to have fun and learn at the same time. Your students can play each game free for the first time, but playing any game after will cost them 10 coins from their piggy bank.

addon     sudoku      memory      Minesweeper

tictactoe     maze     hangman     chess

2048     picturepuzzle     hextris

2. Wallpapers – We’ve added 50+ wallpapers for your kids to choose from! Students can choose their first wallpaper free, and then it will costs them 10 coins to change.

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3. Color Themes – We’ve included 25+ color themes for your kids to really personalize their ScootPad experience. Students can use one color theme for free, and then it will cost them 10 coins to change it up.

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4. Animated Avatars – Your students can now browse through our  50+ animated avatars. Again, it will be free to choose their first animated avatar, then each avatar will cost them 10 coins.

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Let the fun begin!!

 

The Difference between Assessments and Practice

online learningI had an interesting experience with my daughter and ScootPad once. She had  just finished 5th grade and was going to be evaluated for placement in advanced math classes in middle school. I decided to get a pulse reading on what her skills were for 6th grade math standards. Thus, I set up a series of assessments through ScootPad, based on the ConceptBank.

My daughter is no stranger to ScootPad, but she really balked at doing the assessments. When I asked her why, she told me that she hated that she couldn’t see right away if she was getting things wrong or not, as that was how she often adjusted her learning along the way. She had come to associate ScootPad with practice, not evaluation, and did not like the differences in expectations that set the two apart.

This struck me, as her experiences in school are mostly offline, meaning there is not instant feedback from the teacher for her work. In fact, she often waits days or weeks to get back worksheets or projects. She often is beyond thinking about the learning points when she does get the work back, and the opportunity to grow or advance as a result of her mistakes, is lost. Fortunately, ScootPad’s assessments give instant feedback!

She can see instantly what she has done right and wrong, and thus can adjust her thinking as she does the practice. Even when doing the Scootpad assessments, she simply needs to wait until the end, to find out what she might have benefited from in the course of her work.

And I realized, that while she loved doing the practices, the ScootPad assessments were just as significant to her learning, to see what she had mastered and which concepts she still needed to work on. My question is, how might we motivate stronger performances for students while they are doing assessments? What are your thoughts on the ways that practices and evaluations differ?

Cheers!

Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

ScootPad for RTI

As an Assistant Principal at a K-8 charter school, my husband recently mentioned that there is a block in their middle school schedule for RTI (Response to Intervention) with students struggling to be proficient. He asked me what I would recommend for helping the teachers structure this time, as the educators who run it take it on as an additional responsibility, added to their already full teaching load. He wanted an easy means by which they could engage the kids and build up the necessary foundation for the students, without needing to add on too much additional planning and prep time to these already overloaded schedules.

Math_LPScootPad immediately came to mind! More than any other online program I have seen or used, ScootPad is simple to “set up” and get going. While teachers CAN individualize the learning path for any student or any concept, they don’t HAVE to. They can simply put in the student’s grade and the child can get going. Instantly, they are learning without the teacher needing to do, well…anything! Add to that the back end simplicity of being able to run reports by student, by concept, by pretty much anything, and you have an ideal situation.

Math_reportOf course I am not saying that ScootPad should replace teacher-student interaction, nor be the only means by which kids get learning input. Once you know you can provide the necessary foundation and remove the time and energy previously necessary for constant analysis of skill advancement, suddenly your teachers have the time and energy to add the other elements of great programming, with the total confidence of knowing they are giving students an individualized program that provides exactly what they need!

Cheers!

Dr. Michelle Anthony

How-To Videos Now Available!

We have created a number of video resources for teachers, parents, and admins to get familiar with how ScootPad works. Watch a quick (2-5 min) video to get started using your account and then check out some of the how-to videos of each feature!

Quick Getting Started Videos For:

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Launch videos with 1-click

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All how-to videos are easily accessible from the specific pages within your ScootPad account (dashboard, roster page, assignments page, assessments page, etc.). We hope these videos are a helpful resource for you and your school!

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

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Intervention: Easy As Pie!

I admit, I was feeling pretty intimidated to try and “figure out” how to use the intervention feature on ScootPad. As anyone who knows me knows, I hate change. New things involve change. I know they bring new opportunities, but I am the kind who wades very slowly into the water.

Such was my plan here: I clicked on some buttons to see what it was all about. But much to my delight and surprise… that was all it took. I clicked on “Math…Intervention” and this is what I saw:

Looking at how many concpets my student's don't need intervention on has me feeling pretty good!

Looking at how many concepts my student’s don’t need intervention on has me feeling pretty good!

And I was intimidated. Until I hovered over the image and realized that it simply was showing me that, overall, my kids are doing pretty well. I mean, take a look! My kids are doing fine on 324 concepts. 324! Ok, so there are 21 concepts I can work with small clusters on…that’s doable (remember, I teach K-5, so I am working with kids doing Common Core across 6 different grades). And as far as individual kids go, only 23 individuals need concept improvement work. I’m feeling pretty good about this!

Assigning interventions happens with just a click!

Assigning interventions happens with just a click!

So I waded in deeper: I clicked the ‘review’ button for the 21 concepts that groups of kids need to work on. And simple as anything, I checked a box by a concept that a group (of already identified kids!) can work on. Then I clicked “assign Concept Improvement” and it auto-generated the intervention practice. That was it! Easy as pie!

I wish all my lesson planning were this easy! How are you taking advantage of the intervention feature on ScootPad?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

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