Ringing in the New School Year with ScootPad

It’s that time of year again when backpacks are full of fresh school supplies and the white boards are clear of marker stains. Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year, folks! While you’ve been prepping for the new school year, we’ve been busy working on new features and improvements (most of which were requested by you).

New Help Center

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Our help center has undergone a total revamp. Along with newly designed search, we reorganized our help articles to make it easier for you to navigate around and find answers to your questions. We’ve also created step-by-step instructions to Get Started including the Top 10 Ways To Use ScootPad based on best practices you told us.

Assessments 2.0

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Create your own assessments and questions in 50+ technology-enhanced formats, and share them with others. We’re also empowering our network of 200,000+ teachers to rate, flag, and recommend content so you get to use and choose the best questions and assessments for your students.

LTI integration

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Keeping track of login credentials for multiple tools can be tedious. So, with that being said, ScootPad is now offering LTI integration and allowing single sign-on for students from their existing SIS/LMS systems.

Adaptive Spelling

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Students can now practice Spelling words on auto-pilot with our new Spelling adaptive learning paths, similar to ELA and Math. Teachers no longer have to manually assign wordlists to students, ScootPad has taken care of creating grade-level wordlists for all K-8 grades which are automatically available for all classrooms. You can also assign your own custom word lists and assignments as always.

Historical Student Mastery Report

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We’ve made historical student mastery data available to you so you have greater insight into your students’ present and past proficiency and struggles. Unlike any other solution, we let you keep your student data on ScootPad (safe and secure) so teachers get to gain invaluable historical mastery insight for their new students.

Student Data Management Improvements

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Managing student rosters on ScootPad got a lot easier for both teachers and administrators. We’ve added new features such as bulk upload, bulk enroll, move students between schools, search and enroll students and more.

Free weekly webinars to learn more!

Whether you need an introduction, want to get tips on prepping for the new school year, learn more about our new features, or just want to hear our lovely voices, you’re invited to join in on our free weekly webinars.

RVSP now at http://scootpad.com/training

For everything else, we’re always here to help! Feel free to start a live chat with us or shoot us an email at support@scootpad.com or call us at 1-800-994-0706.

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Get Ready for Back-To-School on ScootPad!

Hey ScootPad Squad! Thanks for making the 2014-2015 school year such an awesome experience. As the new year approaches, here are some helpful action items for admins and teachers to get their new classrooms started on ScootPad.  We’ve compiled a checklist for each of you to consider as you transition to new school year.

In addition to these new features, we have scheduled FREE weekly webinars to help both admins and teachers get ready for Back-to-School.  Here is our schedule:
Teachers: Every Wednesday @ 1 PM PST and Thursday @ 3 PM PST
Admins: Every Wednesday @ 10 AM PST

Admins:
We’ve made some dramatic improvements to student data management this summer to help you take care of the yearly changes.  We understand that a new school year means new classrooms, new students, old students, new teachers, and etc. To help you prepare for these changes, we have created features that will archive all data, De-Dup (delete duplicate accounts), and improve bulk student upload.

Here are a few suggested steps you can take to prep for the new school year:

  1. Un-Enroll All Students – Student Historical Mastery Report data will remain.
  2. Delete All Classrooms – This will un-enroll students and delete classrooms. Historical Mastery Report data will remain.
  3. Create New Classrooms
  4. Delete Unwanted student accounts – Admins can view all students at a school and delete accounts that have never logged in or students that are not at your school/district this year
  5. De-Dup Students – This feature allows you to identify student accounts that may be duplicates (either through the bulk upload process or created by teachers)
  6. Bulk-Enroll students – into new classrooms or Print Class Codes and distribute to teachers for self enroll

Following these steps from your admin account will ensure your school rosters are cleaned up and prepared for the 2015-2016 school year.  Don’t forget to register for some free webinars, view step-by-step instructions, or start a Live Chat with us!

Teachers:
Teachers have two options when preparing for next school year and essentially can follow the same steps as admins, but on a smaller scale.  Teachers can now conveniently clean out and use their existing classroom, or start fresh with a new classroom and new students with less mouse clicks.

Clean out existing classroom and use it next year:

  1. Un-enroll students – This will remove your old students from your classroom so you can enroll your new class
  2. Change the name of your classroom
  3. Enroll new students using: Existing Student Accounts, New Student Accounts, Google Accounts, Schoology, LMS/SIS
  4. Change the Learning Path (grade level) of your classroom

Clean Slate – Delete your old classrooms and start fresh:

  1. Un-enroll students
  2. Delete classroom
  3. Create new classroom
  4. Enroll new students using: Existing Student Accounts, New Student Accounts, Google Accounts, Schoology, LMS/SIS

Following one of these options will ensure your classroom is ready to go for the 2015-2016 school year. Don’t forget to register for some free webinars, view step-by-step instructions,  or start a Live Chat with us!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Brace Yourselves, Improved Support is Coming!

Hey ScootPad users, we want to update you on some awesome improvements to our support! As we prepare for next school year, we’re working on revamping our customer and product support with increased support staff, extended support hours, new and improved online help, and free weekly webinars.

Extended Support Hours
We have great news for our East Coast fans: our phone and chat support will now open at 8 AM Pacific! This extra hour will help us be more available to you, especially during your busy mornings! Feel free to shoot us a message on Live Chat or call us at 1-800-994-0706 8AM- 5PM PST. We’ve got our coffees ready.

Improved Online Help
We are currently in the process of making our help center more user-friendly. We’re hoping to provide users with easier navigation through ScootPad’s help articles so you can find quick answers to your questions 24/7! (Because you shouldn’t have to find a help article on how to search for a help article.)

Free Weekly Webinars
We’re dedicated to making sure our users get the most out of ScootPad while using our adaptive platform in the classroom. So, starting next school year we will be hosting FREE weekly webinars for teachers to go over ScootPad basics.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about the upcoming support improvements. We love hearing back from the ScootPad community so feel free to reach out to us with any questions, comments, or concerns!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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LTI Integration now available with ScootPad

We’re pleased to announce support for the IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) integration on the ScootPad platform. ScootPad is now compliant with both LTI 1.x and 2.0 specifications. This integration enables users to simply click a button/link and seamlessly launch ScootPad from within their LMS/SIS systems.

What is LTI?

Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is a standard from IMS Global Learning Consortium that enables learning platforms to easily integrate with learning applications providing a seamless end user experience. In LTI these learning applications are called Tools (delivered by Tool Providers such as ScootPad) and the LMS, or platforms, are called Tool Consumers.

Why use LTI integration with ScootPad?

When you implement LTI integration between your LMS/SIS system and ScootPad, your administrators, teachers and students can automatically:

  • Get an account on ScootPad with the appropriate role
  • Sign into ScootPad with 1-click (no separate username or password)
  • Enroll into classrooms and much more…

How to get started?

From your ScootPad administrator account, go to the LTI Settings page and click “Request Keys” button. We’ll setup (within 24 hours) a unique consumer key and secret for your district/school and enable your access to implement LTI integration. Also, our team will work with you every step of the process until you are live with the integration.

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With this integration, both students and teachers will be seamlessly logged into ScootPad if they’re already logged into their existing system. We believe that the more convenient we make it for students, the more quickly and efficiently they will learn.

We hope you enjoy this new feature. Please tell us what you think and keep giving us your feedback and suggestions as always!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Introducing ScootBoard: A smarter way to keep students and parents “in-the-loop”

We’re super excited to introduce our new feature, ScootBoard.  ScootBoard is a collaboration tool for teachers and admins to help keep students and parents engaged on ScootPad with features such as 1-way messaging, automatic reminders, and more!

Message Students and Parents

Teachers can quickly send 1-way messages to their entire classroom or individual students while Admins can send important messages to all teachers! Have an instructional video or other resources to share with students? Use messages to easily share videos and other resources with just a few clicks!

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Automatic Reminders

Get reminded about important tasks that need your attention or action such as assignments due for review. These reminders are automatically sent to your Reminders page (and are also emailed) so that you are always in the loop! For a full list of currently available auto-reminders, click here

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Inbox of Messages

Access your inbox on ScootPad and review all your received messages. Students can find messages online in their inbox while their parents receive the messages via email!

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“Shoutout” to your friends

An improved “shoutouts” feature that lets students easily add friends/classmates, invite friends, and send shoutouts to their friends

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We hope you’re as excited about ScootBoard as we are.  Please tell us what you think and keep giving us your feedback and suggestions as always!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Adaptive Spelling Learning Paths: NOW Available!

The first big feature release of the summer is here! Get your students on a fully-automated Spelling Learning Path, and let students complete spelling lists on Auto Pilot!

Spelling Learning Paths

You now have access to Spelling Learning Paths for all K-8 grades, each with 40 grade-aligned word lists and sequenced to increasingly challenge students. You can also create your own paths that align with your curriculum and get students to practice your custom word lists. You can have all students on one path or further differentiate by having students on their own paths.

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Auto-Pilot

While on a Spelling Learning Path, students can simply Launch their auto-assigned practices from their dashboard!  Students progress on their path by getting a 100% on each word list, and automatically moving on to the next list.

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View Practice Results

As students complete spelling practices driven by their learning paths you can easily view practice results in real-time and find each attempt or filter by students and word lists.

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Manual Assignments

In addition to the Adaptive Spelling Practices, you can still create your own word lists and manually assign your own spelling assignments as usual.

We hope you enjoy this new feature. Please tell us what you think and keep giving us your feedback and suggestions as always!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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A sneak peek at our new features launching this summer!

We’re thrilled to announce these awesome new features we have planned to launch before the next school year, and want YOU to be the first to know!  These improvements were inspired by YOUR feedback and OUR passion to make ScootPad the most comprehensive and user friendly tool for your classroom.

1) Deeper Engagement
Keep your students engaged and their parents “in-the-loop” with our new Message Center. Engage students with fun-filled activities such as Daily Trivia and concept mastery based gamification.

2) Adaptive Spelling Learning Paths
No need to spend time assigning specific spelling lists for each student. We’re implementing adaptive spelling learning paths to enhance student’s vocabulary on Auto-Pilot!

3) Adaptive eBooks Learning Paths
Don’t waste time assigning eBooks manually. ScootPad is implementing an eBooks Learning Path making it fully adaptive and self-paced for each student based on their reading level.

4) LTI Compliance
ScootPad will be LTI-enabled so schools and districts can easily integrate their existing SIS/LMS systems to seamlessly launch and also exchange assignment and grade information.

5) Full-Fledged Instruction
We have Scootorials for every concept, but we’re expanding this to enable full-fledged instruction giving students an easy-to-learn framework to learn independently and in collaboration.

6) Advanced Student Data Management
Past performance indicates future success. We’re implementing 360° Mastery Reports so teachers can get a true understanding of a student’s present as well as historical problem areas.

7) Flexible License Options
We’re flexible! We’re ready to create a plan that fits your needs.  Payment Plans and Pay-As-You-Go Site Licenses are on the way to help get ScootPad on any budget cycle.

8) Mobile Apps v3.0
We’re releasing our most intuitive Mobile App version yet! Expect an enhanced user experience on iPADs, Android Tablets, Windows Tablets and Kindle Fire devices.

9) District/School Wide Assessments
Admins: Build-Your-Own Assessments and push it to your entire District & Schools. Custom assessments standardized across your District/School!

10) New Content Curation & Recommendation Engine
We’ll enable our network of 100,000+ teachers to rate, flag & recommend content making it most accurate and aligned. We’ll also give you a choice to choose the best content for your students!

11) Next-Generation Open Content Platform
Want to add your own questions? Not a problem! Create your own assessment questions using one of our 50+ interactive formats. Share your content and leverage content shared/recommended by others!

12) Reading comprehension on Auto-Pilot
Students are automatically tested on their eBook reading comprehension skills with built-in quizzes. Engage your students with eBooks and put their reading levels on Auto-Pilot!

Are you excited yet? We are! We’ll be releasing these improvements through out this summer in preparation for the next school year. Not only that, but we invite you to join our FREE weekly webinars to see these new features in action and get ready to use them in your classroom!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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2 Small Assignment Features That Pack a Big Punch

We’re kicking things off right this summer as we gear up for the next school year, with 2 new assignment features – Recurring Assignments & eBook Reading Assignments. We’re calling these new features “small” because they’re smaller than a lot of the other amazing things we have in the works. But they’re great enhancements none the less, and we think you’ll love them.

Recurring Assignments

Recurring assignment feature helps you create weekly or monthly recurring assignments with just one-click – saving you time and the trouble of manually adding assignments each week or month. All you need to do is while creating an assignment, choose the Weekly or Monthly option from the drop-down labeled Repeat and select the end date until when you want these recurring assignments scheduled. That’s it – your recurring assignments will all be setup and automatically assigned to the students you selected. Here are the step-by-step instructions for you to follow.
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eBook Reading Assignments

We have a totally new eBook Reading Assignment section just to track the reading logs and student responses for eBooks. When you assign an eBook to students, it shows up on the students’ dashboard with two buttons: Read (clicking this will open the book to read) and Submit (clicking this will open a form to submit responses/answers). You can find all previously assigned eBooks under eBooks > Assignments page from your left nav.

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We hope you enjoy these great new enhancements. They’re small in the grand scheme of things, but sometimes it’s the small things that make all the difference.

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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Summer Program Enrollment is now OPEN

We’re excited to announce OPEN enrollment for our 2015 Summer Program. We’ve designed the program specifically to help students retain their math and reading proficiencies while preparing them for the upcoming school year. It’s our most affordable, convenient, engaging and flexible summer program ever, giving parents, teachers, and schools several ways to engage their students in a fun-filled summer learning experience.

For more information, to enroll or to print flyers, please visit: https://scootpad.com/summer

Summer-enroll

If you have any questions about our summer program, please email us at summer@scootpad.com or simply call us at 1-800-994-0706. We’re looking forward to an awesome summer!

To get answers to frequently asked questions and for step-by-step instructions, please visit our Summer Program Online Help at: http://help.scootpad.com/knowledgebase/topics/82971-summer-program-2015

– The ScootPad Team

Design & Share Learning Paths within school or district-wide

Dear Teachers & Administrators,

We’re excited to announce this new feature which enables teachers and administrators to create, use and share custom learning paths with other teachers. Custom learning paths help you design your own curriculum in Math and ELA with the scope and sequence of common core concepts rightly aligned for your students.

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Here’s how you go about designing and sharing learning paths:

lpath-add Step 1) Add a Custom Learning Path
Under the “My Custom Learning Paths” tab of your Math or ELA Learning Paths page, click the “Add Learning Path” button to create a custom learning path.
 lpath-design Step 2) Design the scope and sequence of concepts 
Design your curriculum with the scope and sequence of standards/concepts to meet your students’ specific needs. You have access to all Common Core Standards/Concepts across all K-8 grade levels to choose from.
 lpaths-assign Step 3) Use it with your students  
Under the “Assigned To Students” tab, click the “Manage Student Paths and Units” button to assign a learning path to your student(s).
lpath-share Step 4) Share it with other teachers
From the “Actions” drop-down of your custom learning path, choose the “Share” option to share this learning path. Once shared, all teachers at your school can instantly access your learning path under the “Shared Learning Paths” tab in their accounts.

  • Teachers can share with other teachers at their school
  • School administrators can share with all teachers at their school
  • District administrators can share with all teachers across all schools in their district
Get started with designing your own learning paths and sharing them with teachers! If you need any help, you can refer to these step-by-step instructions, start a live chat with us from your account, email us at support@scootpad.com or simply give us a call at 1-800-994-0706.
Cheers!
ScootPad Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

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