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

 

The Positive Side of Being Controlling

When it comes to the internet, I am a bit of a control freak. I admit it. I think of it as a good quality in a teacher. The web is an amazing place and I use a lot of technology in my class. But I also know the kids can get themselves into trouble on the web. By accident or not. Even on a wonderful site like ScootPad, kids can find ways to distract themselves from learning. Don’t get me wrong: I am a big fan of the leaderboard and class shoutouts, etc. Big fan! But, sometimes I know my students can hang out for a long time in a ‘fun” area to avoid the hard work that sometimes awaits them with the practices.

The new settings offer lots of options to control when kids can access various parts of the site!

The new settings offer lots of options to control when kids can access various parts of the site!

 

Classroom settings to the rescue! In clicking around the new dashboard, I stumbled upon the setting that allows me to lock certain features of the site at certain times. I can restrict certain students or the whole class. I can also block out times at night that they cannot access certain parts of the site, to ensure that parents never feel their use of ScootPad is distracting from their other homework or from sleeping. In fact, because I can individuate it, I can use the settings to build the parent-teacher bond, where a specific parent can express concern, and I can address it for that one student, without needing to make a unilateral rule for the whole class. Differentiation at its best!

How are you using the new settings in ScootPad?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

Improved Student Enrollment & Parent Engagement

We’re excited to release improvements to the enrollment process which makes adding and enrolling students easier than ever for teachers and admins. Teachers can now see their entire student roster from within their classroom, and admins can bulk enroll students into classrooms.

Improvements For Teachers

teacher - student page

On the student roster page, teachers can easily add new students, enroll existing students, and print Google sign up instructions. Teachers can print Sign In cards, Parent Letters and also sign in as a student with just one-click/touch. Adding parent accounts also got much easier, just enter the parent email address and click Add!

Improvements for Admins

bulk enroll - admin

Admins can now bulk enroll students into classrooms after creating student accounts. Simply enter the student userIDs (comma separated or copy/paste from excel) to enroll many students into a classroom at once.

For step-by-step instructions on how to add and enroll students, please visit: http://help.scootpad.com/knowledgebase/topics/63243-managing-student-and-teacher-accounts

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

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Mastering the Mastery Progress Report

Last week ScootPad released it’s Mastery Progress Report…and I LOVE it! Before, we could see in a static way how a student was progressing through a single grade. The beautiful aspect of the new reports is that you can see them advance and develop across multiple grades. The way it is organized, it allows teachers and parents to see how a student is moving towards mastery in the various Core Aligned topics, such as Numbers and Operations in Base 10, or Operations and Algebraic Thinking.

If you are wondering what this might mean in real life, take the situation that happened today at school. Mrs. Elliott (our math interventionist) came in because she was surprised that TJ’s teacher had referred TJ for math remediation with multiplication, and yet TJ was one of my GT  (gifted and talented) kids. This surprised me as well: TJ overall was doing quite well in math. As this was an ad-hoc on the spot need for data, I wanted a quick, easy way to get to the bottom of it. Hello Mastery Progress Report! With the click of a button, I had TJ’s data from both this year and last at my fingertips, and I could see exactly what the hole was in her Number and Operations doughnut that needed filling: multiplication!

With the Master Report Card, I could quickly see the hole in TJ's learning, and understand how it would be causing her further struggles in 5th grade.

With the Master Progress Report, I could quickly see the hole in TJ’s learning, and understand how it would be causing her further struggles in 5th grade.


Mystery solved…I wish figuring stuff out was always this easy! How have you used the new Mastery Progress Reports? 

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony

Assign eBooks for Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) Practice

I am exploring more and more of the new features on ScootPad. I am a creature of habit and so I tend to stay with the familiar. But there are so many new things to explore on the platform, I am making a promise to myself to branch out…little by little. Today I was looking at the eBooks. Now, don’t get me wrong, in theory, I have loved them since the beginning. But with so much on my plate, I just wondered how to use them. I know my students would happily read them. But for me, the value in the platform is more in the practices and assessments, so I didn’t want to “distract’ them with the books.

Leveled readers are an easy and engaging way to practice for DRA summaries!

Leveled readers are an easy and engaging way to practice for DRA summaries!

But in looking at them again today, it hit me like the lightning I am watching outside my window: DRA practice! I have used A to Z reading books in the past, but it can be a bother to have to download and print out and then put together the books…not to mention the drain on my budget. So when I saw the wonderful color illustrations string back at me from the covers of the eBooks, I realized they are perfect for DRA prep.

It’s super simple to find the right level and I can assign a particular book to a particular child (or the whole group), with the click of a button! Done! Leveled book, engaging interest, assessment practice.

I wish everything was this easy! :)

What ScootPad features did you recently discover that can make your life easier?

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

 

Supported Browsers

ScootPad’s new design and features work best with the following supported browsers:

Internet Explorer 9+

Download/Upgrade IE: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/Internet-explorer
If you are using IE 8 or older versions, please upgrade your IE browser to the latest version. Support for the five-year-old Internet Explorer 8 will be dropped completely by Microsoft

Google Chrome 11+

Download/Upgrade Chrome: http://www.google.com/chrome

Firefox 5+

Download/Upgrade Firefox: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox

Safari 4+

Download/Upgrade Safari: http://www.apple.com/safari/download

How to check if you have a supported browser?

Sign In to ScootPad and click the “Help” button from the top panel and choose the “System Check” option. You’ll see if your system is supported and the recommended next steps.

Learn more about the minimum system requirements to use ScootPad?

Should you have any further questions, click the Help button and contact our support team.

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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