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.

ELA

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

Cheers!

ScootPad Team

 

Your Best Tool for Parent Teacher Conferences

This year, I’m excited to have the mastery progress report to share with parents. ScootPad puts together all the real-time data, while all I do is click print!

I like having transparent data to share with the teachers for the parents. I work with over 90 students, and thus it is not possible for me to be at every conference, but I can virtually be there by providing a comprehensive snapshot for teachers to share with parents.

I love when I have such green reports to share!

Sharing student successes is always fun at conferences!

Sharing student successes is always fun at conferences!

Sometimes, the news is trickier to share, but no less important.

Even sharing student struggles is easier with visuals

Even sharing student struggles is easier with visuals

 

Many teachers share student work at conferences, and the mastery progress report is one very important tool in their tool belt. More than paragraphs and rubrics which can sometimes overwhelm parents, the simple and clear visuals of the progress report can help parents literally see where their child is relative to each standard. It shows which specific concepts their students need to work on and which concepts are a breeze.

If you’re not sure how to run a mastery progress report, click here for details: https://scootpad.com/user/help

How do you present information at parent conferences?

Cheers!

Dr. Michelle Anthony

Getting Cozy, Learning with ScootPad

One of my main goals as a GT teacher is to engage my advanced students in thinking and learning. I’m not above any method that will hook them. In my class, we use a gamification platform to support the notion that we start knowing nothing and we move up the levels to greater and greater mastery. I have Hokki chairs in my class to helps kids move and wiggle while doing their ScootPad practices and games.

classroom_learningSo I was wondering what to add this year to augment my tools. More Hokki chairs? A new gamification platform? I was pondering the possibilities when I went on a field trip with my son’s 2nd grade class on Friday. They are studying communities and so we took a walking field trip to a number of nearby businesses. And that’s where I saw them: the new tool in my arsenal of keeping kids engaged and interested while learning: My study stations! “Study Buddy Stations” I have dubbed them.

There, on the showroom floor, were the simplest of circle seats. What a perfect way to encourage kids to snuggle down in the chair and pull over a Chromebook to do a ScootPad practice or two! How do you set up your classroom for ScootPad practice?

 

Cheers!

Dr. Michelle Anthony

Introducing: Weekly Snapshots!

Our weekly snapshots will keep you (teachers, administrators, and parents) up to date with your students’ learning activity from the past week while providing you with your students’ future tasks to be completed.

You can also decide which day to have your snapshots sent out, click here to learn how: http://help.scootpad.com/knowledgebase/articles/499972-how-do-i-change-the-day-my-weekly-activity-progr

We hope this helps you stay on top of things!

The Power of Sibling Rivalry

Those of you with more than one child know it all too well. That competitive streak between siblings that will drive you nuts when it rears its ugly head. If your kids are anything like mine, they get along wonderfully, most of the time. But then, suddenly, as if from nowhere, they can’t even be in the same room together! While parents deal with this as a matter of course at home, it is always a challenge when it distracts from a teacher’s job in the classroom.

sibling_rivalryBeing a GT teacher, I often work with siblings in the same grade (twins) or in different grades. Even being part of different groups doesn’t always prevent sibling rivalry. For example, Sanaya and Ronan are sister and brother; Sanaya is in 3rd grade and Ronan is in first. The competition between them is fierce–each is always trying to prove they are better than the other.

When the two have tried to “prove to me” who is better, I have simply told them that their work speaks for itself. To my surprise, they took me literally and began putting their competitive spirit into their ScootPad practices. When I looked at the leaderboard, the other day, I was amused to see the fruits of their labor: Sanaya was leading Ronan on the Math leaderboard, while Ronan had her edged out on the Reading leaderboard. I guess sibling rivalry isn’t all bad!

What ways have you discovered to best channel sibling rivalry?

Cheers!

Dr. Michelle Anthony

 

ScootPad’s New Video Tours

Hey ScootPad Users!

To make life just a little easier for you, we’ve created video tours for each of our features.

On the ScootPad home page, you’ll see the “tour” button at the top right, once you click on it, you will have access to all our feature tours!

scootpad_overview

The ScootPad video overview will give you a brief explanation of our platform and what we offer.

 

 

These brief one to two minute clips will give you a nice breakdown of each feature and how it works.

Feel free to share these videos with your friends!

Enjoy!!

mobile_apps   assignments_homework  common_core

adaptive_learning_paths  behavior_tracking  eBooks_library formative_assessments insights_reports Intervention scootorials  student_engagement

 

 

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!

 

Challenging My Students & Seeing Results

Those of you who have been following my blog know I am super excited that I have many students who are practicing on ScootPad and showing concept mastery. Remi is one of those students. As I also wrote about in another post, I discovered some hidden challenges for Remi when looking at his ability by concept breakdown.

To begin to address this, I assigned some concept improvement practices for him.conceptimprovement

Each week, I assign 2 reading and 2 math. But because I wanted to target almost 10 skills with Remi, and the ELA practices are only 10 problems, I knew I’d need more practices to allow him multiple opportunities to work on the different concepts. As a result, I made him 6 assignment over more than one week. I don’t love doing this, as I’ve had students freak out when they look at their dashboard and see so many practices, as they don’t realize I’ve also extended the due date so it evens out.

To try and compensate for the “extra” work, I gave the practices a special name: Remi Challenge. I was hoping when he saw something personalized just for him, he would be inspired to take on the challenge.

Based on the number of practices he’s done so far, I’m encouraged. I’m even more excited to see the attention he’s paid to the questions which are a collection of concepts that are clearly harder for him than what he faces in most practices!! He’s doing great!!

What are ways you encourage students to take on challenges?

Cheers!

Dr. Michelle Anthony

How To Make Blended Learning Work

blended_learningMany teachers have been skeptics of bringing technology into the classroom. It’s a new concept, it’s different, it could be a waste of time, there’s not enough data out there, what if it doesn’t work?

These are just some of the concerns many teachers have had. Liz Arney, Director of Innovative Learning at Aspire Public Schools, felt the same way, as there wasn’t much data of blended learning’s successful implementation several years ago. She was weary of blended learning, but she was a big believer of personalized and differentiated instruction for each student. Arney recognized that technology was something every adult used on a daily basis, and that students were heavily using technology in college and other areas of their lives, so she accepted that technology needed to be in the classroom, to cater to the needs of her students.

As she mentions in her article Lessons From the Frontier: How to Make Blended Learning Truly Work, “You’re going blended because you want to figure out how technology can help you solve a targeted problem: increase student achievement given your context, school culture, and the overall willingness of your teachers to tackle the challenges your students face.”

As blended learning was introduced to several Aspire Public Schools, teacher were seeing results. Nancy Castro, a kindergarten teacher at Aspire Titan Academy mentioned, “The data that is provided through the software has allowed me to focus more on my guided reading groups and also target my student needs.”ROL

With our insights and reports feature, teachers and parents are able to see their students results in real time. This helps teachers better understand their individual students’ challenges. Blended learning helps students become active participants of their own learning.

While many teachers mention that there isn’t sufficient data proving that online learning is increasing student achievement, ScootPad can show you results!

To learn more, visit EdSurge: https://www.edsurge.com/n/2015-02-04-lessons-from-the-frontier-how-to-make-blended-learning-truly-wor

Excite Learning with a Class Rewards System

At school I run a gamified classroom, where students earn mission points (MPEs) for quests (assignments) they complete. I extend this framework to our ScootPad rewards by allowing students to purchase mission points with ScootPad coins.  For every 50 coins students earn on ScootPad, they can purchase 1 Mission Point, which can be earned by getting 100% on a math practice or doing well on two math or reading practices.  They can also save their coins and purchase 5 mission points for 160 coins. I love the conversations this leads to with kids about money, goal setting, and saving for more long term goals.

I also love that ScootPad tells students how much they need to earn (and save!) to purchase the next level of reward. The kids are having more fun than ever with the coin exchange, since they are able to unlock games and change their wallpapers along with their color themes.

While I don’t have a great deal of diversity in my rewards portal, the kids covet them. In fact, some of my second graders beg to be in my portal even though their homeroom teacher also uses ScootPad and offers rewards. To satisfy their persistent asking, she has added my rewards to her bank for those kids who also go to GT (gifted/talented).

I also have a highly coveted reward, which is the option to purchase a Teacher Treasure (a class privilege) for 400 coins. This is a highly prized reward, to earn this, a student must get 15 mission points or 400 coins–many of my kids try to save for this one.

Even simple incentives can get kids motivated!

Even simple incentives can get kids motivated!

Other possible class reward options are:

  • bring a stuffed pal to school day
  • teacher trinket
  • lunch with the teacher
  • homework pass
  • drop a test
  • computer time
  • bring music to class
  • iPad time
  • draw on the board
  • teacher’s helper for the day
  • 5 points extra credit on a test
  • skip a question on a test
  • bring a book to recess
  • borrow a game
  • choose your seat in class day
  • use pen all day
  • choose a fancy eraser
  • first in line

What are some of your class rewards?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 18,491 other followers

%d bloggers like this: