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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcing 2015 ScootPad Summer Program

Research shows that students lose 2 to 3 months of grade-level proficiency in math & reading every summer. We’re excited to announce the 2015 ScootPad Summer Program to help students retain their math and reading proficiencies while preparing them for the upcoming school year. It’s our most affordable, convenient and flexible summer program ever, giving parents, teachers, and schools several ways to engage their students in a fun-filled summer learning experience. The ScootPad Summer program is set to launch on May 1, 2015, and will run through the end of August. Online enrollment for parents will also begin on May 1, 2015.

Parents:

Here’s what you can expect from our summer program this year:

  • Do-it-yourself ($6.99/student/month): With a simple click of a button you can enable ScootPad’s summer curriculum coupled with the At-Home Learning Zone to manage the entire summer learning experience for your kids. We’re also here to help you every step of the way with tools and tips.
  • ScootPad-managed Summer Program ($29.99/student for the entire summer): Simply enroll your kids in our summer program and leave the rest to the ScootPad team! We’ll keep you informed of your kid’s learning every week. We’re also available via live chat, phone or email to answer any questions or to address any special requests.

Schools & Teachers:

Here’s what you can expect from our summer program this year:

  • Do-it-yourself: With a simple click of a button you can enable summer learning and prepare your students for the upcoming school year. You’ll have access to our specially-designed Summer Learning Paths and new auto-assignment features. We are also providing a FREE weekly webinar series starting May 1 to show you step-by-step how to navigate our Summer Learning Paths and to answer any questions. You’ll need either a Lite Premium or an Ultra Premium license to use these summer features for your classroom.
  • ScootPad-managed Summer Program ($29.99/student for the entire summer): Simply recommend parents to enroll their students in our summer program, and we’ll deliver the very best summer learning experience for each student! We’ll provide weekly summer progress reports for parents and also make cumulative summer reports available to teachers and schools.

Details, share-able flyers, free webinars and more, starting May 1! If you have any questions about our summer program or any special requests, please email us at summer@scootpad.com or simply call us at 1-800-994-0706. We’re looking forward to an awesome summer!

– The ScootPad Team

ScootPad gets Simpler and Easier to Use!

Hello ScootPad Users!

We’ve made several changes based solely on your feedback, to make ScootPad easier to use and to make your experience more efficient. Over 30 improvements were made to the site, that will enhance your user experience. Below, we will take a look at the top 10 improvements.

1. Click and Watch a How-To Video

You’ve clicked on a specific feature, and you’d like to dive in and learn all about it, just click on the video button at the top of each page and watch!

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2. Easily Find Assignments & Assessments

You can narrow your search by toggling through active, future, & past assignments or assessments.

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3. Toggle by Assignment or by Student

Click view by assignment to see general assignment information or by student to drill down further and see the assignments completed by specific students.

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4. Which Concepts Have You Already Assigned?

This features helps you keep track of  the concepts you’ve already assigned your students as homework, and concepts that you might want to assign in the future.

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5. Browse through Reports Quicker!

Your reports are laid out right next to each other, making it easy to toggle through them

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6. Save, Download, & Print!

These options are available for all reports, making it easy for you to save and share reports

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7. Assessments: Review, Assess, & Run Reports quicker!

Measure your students progress between assessments, easily view assessments reports, and assign assessments.

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8. Improved Administrator Reports

Sign in as any teacher to view reports and insights from their specific classrooms.

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Drill down to see how each classroom is doing in Math & ELA

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 9. Tons of Training Resources

Become a ScootPad expert! This entire section is dedicated to help you learn how to use each feature and to make your experience with ScootPad more enjoyable.

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10. Free Resources to Introduce and Share ScootPad

You can now print handouts and distribute them to curious teachers, administrators, and parents to teach them about ScootPad!

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We are continuously improving ScootPad to make it easier and simpler for you to use, and the best way to make these improvements is with your feedback. So, thank you once again for all your input and please continue to tell us how we can improve!

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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

 

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