The Quiet Wow of ScootPad

Those of you who follow my blog know that I have been using ScootPad for years with my family. Long enough that my son’s username is his first name without any numbers. One might say he’s as much an expert on ScootPad as I am. :) And although I have mentioned the platform to a number of his teachers at his school, none have ever followed through.

So I was interested when my son came home from school the other day and told me he’d had free time in his technology class and so he asked the teacher if he could log in to ScootPad and do some exercises. I was impressed at his initiative, impressed at his independence, and impressed at his work ethic.

I was even more impressed when he told me the reaction of the other kids in his class. As he was doing a practice (a practice mind you, not a game or looking at the leaderboard or posting on the class wall…simply doing a practice), the other kids all gathered around him.

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“Wooow!” they oogled. “What are you doing?”

‘ScootPad’ my son said matter-of-factly. After all, it’s nothing so amazing for him. But it was to them.

And it reminded me that we are at the start of a fresh new year school year and we have fresh new opportunities to offer this simple but ‘wow!’ platform to our students for fun while learning.

What ways have you rediscovered the WOW of ScootPad?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

NEW: Easily Send Reports to Parents

Now it’s easier than ever to keep parents engaged and involved in student learning! We’ve added a new feature for teachers so they can send student reports such as Mastery Progress Report, Spelling Assignment Report, Standards Assessment Report & Behavior Report to parents with just a few clicks.

How it Works

If you don’t already have parents linked on ScootPad, simply add the parent email address and click Add as shown below.

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Select the students whose parents you want to send the reports to and then click “Email Report To Parents”.

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Not only will you be keeping parents in the loop, but you will also be saving your valuable time. Go paper-less & save trees!

For step-by-step instructions on how to email student reports to parents, please click below:

How to email the Mastery Progress Report to parents?
How to email the Spelling Assignment Report to parents?
How to email the Standards Assessment Report to parents?
How to email the Behavior Report to parents?

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

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

ScootPad for Data Pull

Today was a non-contact day for us in Denver Public Schools. Yesterday as well. We spent the last 2 days thinking about and digging into our Interim assessment data. I found it frustrating. I wanted the district to give us data in a spreadsheet or format like we get with ScootPad. I wanted to click a button or two and have the analysis done and at my fingertips: “These students need support in this concept; see? the little bar is red and we’ve pulled enough data to be confident in their struggle.”

From a single click I can see who in my class needs extra work on this. So easy! :)

From a single click I can see who in my class needs extra work on this. So easy! :)

Truth be told, being the GT teacher, I don’t administer or score the interim. But I know the ways the district wants all of us to use them, as data mines for information about what’s working with our teaching and what is not. What our students are learning and what they are not. All good stuff. But I still wish I could see with the interim data what I can see in my ScootPad portal.

It's easy to see where this student is struggling.

It’s easy to see where this student is struggling.

 

It would let me use my data dig time to quickly get to the “so what” of data: how to use the numbers to improve student learning.

How does ScootPad compare to the data digs your district is expecting?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

Behavior Feature Improvements

We have made some great improvements to the behavior feature! Teachers and parents can now review & print behavior reports, and they can edit & delete recorded behaviors. Teachers can easily email behavior reports to parents with just a few clicks!

Dashboard

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Get a quick idea of where your class stands with our proficiency graph. Hover over each section to see the number of behaviors recorded.

Reports

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Use the Student Behavior Report to get a more in-depth look at each student’s behavior history.

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 With just a few clicks, send the Student Behavior Report to parents!

Update Recorded Behaviors

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Now you can easily update and delete existing recorded behaviors.

For more information on the behavior feature, please review our help articles: http://help.scootpad.com/knowledgebase/topics/41156-behavior-management

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

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Assessment Enhancements

We’re happy to announce that we have made some exciting changes to our Math and ELA assessments! Teachers and parents can now preview concepts, review assessment reports (and send these to parents), measure growth between assessments, review individual student responses, and assign concept improvement practice!

Concept Preview

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Want to see the types of questions students will be asked? Preview a sample question for concepts before adding to an assessment.

Reports

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See exactly how students performed by standard with the Standard Assessment Report.

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 Keep parents in the loop: with just a few clicks, you can send the Standards Assessment Report to all parents.

Measure Growth

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Measure growth between two assessments by student and by standard.

 Student Responses

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Gain deeper insight into student progress by seeing individual student responses on assessments.

Concept Improvement

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Easily assign concept improvement assignments from assessment results.

For further assessment instruction, please review our help articles: http://help.scootpad.com/knowledgebase/topics/63503-math-ela-assessments

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

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Using Learning Path Honeycombs to Drive Self-Motivation

One of my goals is to have my students be more engaged in their own outcomes. I am only with them about an hour a week, so I need them to be self-motivated to keep learning and pushing themselves. Since I can’t be with them very often, I love how ScootPad can act as the “virtual teacher,” letting kids know how they are progressing, thus allowing them to take ownership over their own outcomes.

Enter ScootPad honeycombs: below is the math honeycomb my top student sees when she opens her learning path. For her, she is always at the top of the class. Compared to her peers, she has very little to learn within the typical curriculum. However, that does not mean she has very little to learn in the greater scheme of her own education!  One thing I have done is put her in a level above other students, and above the typical curriculum. Here she can see that indeed there are challenges for her, like any other student.

Math honeycomb of my top student, being challenged at a level above the other students.

Math honeycomb of my top student, being challenged at a level above the other students.

Even more interesting for her is her ELA honeycomb:

With their honeycomb, even my best students can see where they can grow and achieve!

With their honeycombs, even my best students can see where they can grow and achieve!

Despite being ahead of her peers, even my most advanced student can easily see where she is relative to herself, and can motivate her own drive to learn and excel. The learning path selection for her also lets her remain challenged relative to others her own age and grade, despite the fact that those students are not at her school. She is in 5th grade now, and will be moving to an advanced program at the middle school. It’s important she be able to continue to be challenged relative to the wider world she will soon be entering.

I may not be able to provide her these peers to challenge her within our classes. However, with ScootPad, I can still provide her the experiences that allow her to challenge herself, and to see herself within a larger virtual community of learners ready for more!

How do you help your best students continue to grow and thrive?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

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

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