5 Ways to Improve US Education

What does the future of US education look like to you? How about a potential plan of action, including costs and benefits of a better, more cost effective system? Forbes organized this very scenario, planning out an investment in US education to see how it would affect the nation’s GDP. With an initial investment of $6.2 trillion over 20 years, the outcome was outstanding–a payoff of $225 trillion (over 80 years).

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Forbes had several education policy experts choose the top worldwide policies based on math scores and rates of high school graduation:

1. Teacher efficacy– Pay teachers a higher salary, which will pull in top college graduates to the profession. Monitor their performance and keep the best teachers around.

2. Universal pre-K– With only 52% of Pre-K aged kids attending school, children are not developing a solid educational base. Provide Pre-kindergarten for every American child.

3. School leadership– Raise principal salaries (to bring and retain top talent of course), have them attend training academies, and allow them to reform state laws and modify managing budgets–this would allow school principals to drive educational results.

4. Blended learning–We couldn’t agree with this one more! Provide computers for students and have teachers use digital media to enhance learning. Allow for differentiated learning so students can learn at their own pace. Facilitate training for schools and teachers to learn how to combine online learning with traditional learning.

5. Common Core/college readiness– We couldn’t have said it better–“Creating high national standards to ensure college-ready, globally competitive graduates.” Randall Lane, Forbes

At ScootPad, we directly enable two out of the five policies listed above. Based on the research done by Forbes, there is an enormous need for education reform in the US. Taking a few steps away from the traditional teaching style and bringing in digital media and creating a blended learning environment to support teachers, is where the future of US education is headed. With the support of a 100% Common Core aligned online platform like ScootPad, teachers, schools, and parents will see a huge improvement in their childrens’ learning abilities and achievements.

Seems like a good plan to us! What are your thoughts?

 

Visit Forbes for more information:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/randalllane/2014/12/01/heres-a-plan-to-turn-around-u-s-education-and-generate-225-trillion/2/

Help Make ScootPad Even Better!

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Thanks to you and all of your great feedback, it has been a prosperous year with over 30,000 schools now using ScootPad!

We want to continue growing and improving with YOUR help! This past week we were invited to attend a developer/teacher collaboration event at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA. A group of teachers shared with us the importance of saving time and how this alone shaped their decision making process when choosing technology for their classrooms. We have listed a few of their top priorities below and what we are doing to meet these priorities:

Parent Collaboration
In the next year, we are taking parent collaboration to the next level! We plan to add a parent wall feature where teachers and parents can openly discuss assignments and student progress.

Automated Grading
ScootPad already helps you with grading by automatically scoring student assignments/practices as students complete them!

Formative Assessments
Teachers already receive real-time results about which concepts students are struggling with and can immediately tailor their instruction to address areas of weakness. We plan on adding more features/enhancements to make identifying gaps even easier!

Ease of Student On-boarding
Teachers want to be able to have students up and running in a few minutes or less when using new classroom technology. To address this, we are in the process of adding a way for teachers to quickly add their whole student roster and then have a separate “sign in” portal for students to log in with one simple click.

We would LOVE to hear your suggestions about our future plans as well as any other ideas you have on ways we can improve! Please feel free to post any and all feedback to our feedback forum.

Thank you again for helping make ScootPad what it is today! We owe so much of our success to our sophisticated users and their endless passion for learning!

Cheers,
ScootPad Team

Spelling Revamped! New Learning Modes, Games, Word Lists, Sharing & more..

We’re excited to announce the new and improved Spelling feature on ScootPad.

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Students can now learn the words using our unique and engaging Learning Modes:

1) Cards – A quick review of the words/sentences using our online flashcards

2) Teach Me – The voice feature will spell out the word and teach the spelling of the word

3) Scramble – The voice feature will say the word while the student unscrambles and spells the word correctly

4) Fill In – The voice feature will say the word while the student identifies the missing letters and spells the word correctly

spelling_hangmanStudents can also learn the words using popular word games such as the hangman and the word search puzzle.

Word Lists:  Search grade appropriate word lists (from ScootPad) and assign them to your students with just one-click. Create your own word lists and share them with others.

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Thank you all for your feedback and suggestions. Should you have any questions or feedback, do not hesitate to contact us.

Love,
ScootPad Team!

Common Core App & Widget Now Available!

We’re excited to announce the new and improved Common Core App (Free). Download the free Common Core App for your iPad, Android or Kindle Fire tablets. Nook and Windows tablet app will be available very soon.

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Also, you can now add our Common Core Tab (Widget) on your website or blog in a snap! Give your website/blog visitors (educators, parents etc.) instant access to the Common Core Standards. Just 1 line of code & less than 1 minute is all it takes to add the Common Core Tab to your website.

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ScootPad App available on all Kindle tablets!

ScootPad App is now available to Students, Teachers and Parents on all Kindle Fire devices (Kindle Fire 1st generation, Kindle Fire 2nd Generation, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9). Download the free ScootPad app for your Kindle device here or visit our mobile page and click the Kindle icon.

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iPad Optimized App Launched!

We’re excited to announce the availability of our iPad optimized ScootPad App. This is sure to improve your ScootPad experience on all iPads & iPad Mini tablets. It’s cleaner, simpler, faster and easier to use.

Install ScootPad App from the Apple AppStore on your iPad or visit our mobile page and click the iPad icon. If you already have an older app, delete it first and install this new app! Stay tuned for Kindle, Nook & Windows release updates!

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