Introducing the Content Exchange and Redesigned Assessments

Today we’ve launched the Content Exchange and a completely redesigned , device-friendly version of Assessments. This is just the beginning of a series of major improvements announced for release this summer!

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Collaborate not only with the teachers at your school or district, but also with educators all over the world! Browse the Question Bank, Assessment Bank, and Wordlist Bank (coming soon) to find standards-aligned, educator-created and curated content. Create your own content using 50+ tech-enhanced item formats and share it with your school, your district or even better – share with the rest of the ScootPad community. Common Core Standards, Indiana Academic Standards and England National Standards are currently available (10 more state and international curriculums are planned for release in the coming months).

Totally Redesigned Assessments
Gauge your students’ progress with formative assessments, benchmark assessments and SBAC/PARCC simulation tests. Our revamped assessment features now help you find content with enhanced depth and rigor. Choose among questions with different DOK levels and TEI formats to build your own assessment, or simply select concepts and let ScootPad auto-generate an assessment for you!

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What’s new in Assessments:

  • Auto-generate an assessment or custom build by hand-picking questions
  • Filters: New filters make it easy to find exactly the kind of assessments and questions you’re looking for. Filter by standards, DOK, question formats, and more.
  • Cart to help you add questions and review quick summary of the assessment
  • Bookmark assessments and questions for quick access at any time in future

Create Your Own Questions
Creating new questions is a lot easier now with the easy-to-follow steps and the final question verification before saving the question. Go ahead and create questions using our 50 technology enhanced item formats.

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Refreshing UI Improvements
Color themes now available for you to personalize your ScootPad experience.

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We’ve also made several user experience improvements across ScootPad including a much simpler and cleaner homepage, Parent Invitation Letters with your own custom message and translation to many languages including spanish.

Having trouble with any of these changes?
Here’s a friendly reminder to check your device to make sure it is compatible with ScootPad. The statuses of each item should say “OK”. Click here to check your device now.

Check out the revised Help Center articles for more information on Assessments and the new Content Exchange, or sign up for our free weekly webinars to see these improvements live in action: Teachers: Wednesdays @ 3pm Pacific / Admins: Thursdays @ 3pm Pacific.

We hope you’ll love these improvements as much as we love them.

Cheers,
The ScootPad Team
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Important: Check your device for ScootPad

As we make improvements across ScootPad this summer, we’ve also made a few important updates to the system requirements. To ensure that your device and your network are compatible and ready for ScootPad, please take a moment to double check by simply clicking the “Check Now” button below.

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Admins and teachers: Please make sure to check from within your school network.

WHAT TO EXPECT: You should see a message that your device is compatible with ScootPad. The status of all the checks should say OK. If it doesn’t, please contact your school/district network/system administrator with the message shown on the screen.

That’s it! We hope you can perform this check as soon as possible and make sure your devices are ready for ScootPad. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at support@scootpad.com.

Cheers,
The ScootPad Team
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Exciting improvements to ScootPad

We are thrilled to announce several improvements across ScootPad coming this summer/fall. These improvements reflect our continuous commitment to improve the overall user experience on the platform and across all devices, making the interface and workflows simpler and more efficient for everyone.

Here is sneak-peek of what you can expect:

1. Support for State-Specific & International Curriculums
Enable learning paths or build your own custom paths aligned to your state’s own standards/curriculum, not just Common Core. We will have Indiana State Standards and England National Standards this fall while other US state-specific and international curriculums will be available later this year.

2. Enhanced Content Depth & Rigor
We’re revamping our content with enhanced formats and deeply aligned questions at the required Depth Of Knowledge (DOK) levels using a wide-array of our 50+ tech enhanced item types. With this improvement, students will master concepts using engaging content through out the year and are better prepared to ace the end of the year tests including SBAC, PARCC and other high-stakes assessments.

3. Improved Personalization & Adaptive Algorithms
With enriched content depth, each student’s learning gets deeply personalized by harnessing the power of the data collected across all students. With our enhanced adaptive algorithms, students receive automatic intervention from the new dynamic scaffolding feature of concepts. Struggling students will automatically receive pre-requisite concept instruction while advanced students acquire much deeper knowledge – all in real-time and deeply personalized to each student.

4. On-Site Mentor: A ScootPad expert at your school!
We’ll identify and train a ScootPad On-Site Mentor at each school who can then mentor/guide rest of the teachers/staff with all ScootPad needs. Your dashboard will also have a twitter/facebook-style feed that helps you collaborate in real-time with your fellow teachers, admins, and mentors on anything including tips, questions and best practices.

5. Major Improvements to the ScootPad User Experience: 
You spoke, and we listened! We are taking your feedback, ideas, and suggestions and deploying them in mini-releases throughout summer as follows: Assessments & Content Authoring (mid-June), Instruction & Learning Paths (mid-July), Practice & Analytics (late-August). With each release, we will publish release notes and training videos to help you visualize and implement these improvements.

Please stay tuned for more updates as we roll out these improvements over the next 3-4 months.

Cheers,
The ScootPad Team

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End of the School Year Checklist

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With summer just around the corner (or maybe already here for you lucky ones!), we wanted to provide a “checklist” to help you wrap up the ‘15-’16 school year on ScootPad.

1. Download and store reports.
Before you unenroll students, be sure to download and store reports for your records.
How to view reports
How to download data

2. Enable Summer Learning for your students.
Check your license expiration. If it is still active, make sure to take advantage of Summer Learning, empowering your students to maintain skill building over the summer.
For more information: 2016 Summer Program

3. Create rewards for students to redeem their coins.
Coins are tied to the classroom in which they are earned, so encourage your students to use their coins on games and/or fun, end-of-the-year rewards. Consider giving away old posters, books, or supplies for coins!
How to add a reward

4. Now, relax!
Summer is a time to relax, have fun, and recharge for the new school year. We’re still here to help you if you have any questions over the summer. Send us an email at support@scootpad.com.

Teachers: End of School Year FAQs
Admins: End of School Year FAQs

Happy Summer!

Cheers,
The ScootPad Team

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Summer Learning is here!

Summer Learning on ScootPad is now here! Research shows that students lose 2 to 3 months of grade-level proficiency in math and reading every summer. Help students retain proficiency while preparing them for the upcoming school year by enabling Summer Learning!

For Parents
With just a few clicks you can enable ScootPad’s summer curriculum (in At-Home Learning Zone) and get your kids started with summer learning. Math & ELA summer assignments will be auto-assigned every week – this means little to no time spent on assigning tasks, and more time to spend with your family! Your kids will also have access to adaptive eBooks and Spelling practices. You’ll need the silver plan for each student ($6.99/student/month). Learn More. Ready? Follow these Step-By-Step Instructions: How to enable Summer Learning for your student.

For Teachers
With just a few clicks 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 automatic weekly assignments for Math & ELA. Depending on your license, students will also have adaptive eBooks and Spelling practices available to them. Students get these tasks automatically and are fully adaptive – this means you spend little to no time on assigning tasks and reviewing results. You’ll need either a Lite Premium or an Ultra Premium license to use these summer features for your classroom. Learn More. Ready? Follow these Step-By-Step Instructions: How to enable Summer Learning for your classroom.

For Admins: Schools & Districts
With just a few clicks 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 automatic weekly assignments for Math & ELA. Depending on your license, students will also have adaptive eBooks and Spelling practices available to them. Students get these tasks automatically and are fully adaptive – this means you spend little to no time on assigning tasks and reviewing results. You’ll need either a Lite Premium or an Ultra Premium site license to use these summer features for your school(s). Learn More. Ready? Follow these Step-By-Step Instructions: How to enable Summer Learning for your school(s).

For more information visit our Summer 2016 page, or email us at summer@scootpad.com.

We look forward to an awesome summer!

Cheers,
The ScootPad Team

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Scaling Up Personalized Learning

By 2020, we expect most K-12 schools to be using personalized learning in at least one way, but it’s a shift that will require more than just technology. It’s a big challenge, but it’s great to see many early adopters showing the way by implementing truly personalized learning solutions such as ScootPad.

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Bill Gates, in his recent keynote address at the ASU+GSV Summit, outlined that his foundation’s #1 areas of focus for education is to enable “Effective Personalized Learning Solutions”. Mark Zuckerberg‘s “Chan Zuckerberg Initiative” recently announced that his foundation’s education efforts will focus on personalized learning and underserved communities.

We’re delighted to see “Personalized Learning” being recognized as the key enabler to transform learning – a belief that is near and dear to our mission which led to the launch of ScootPad in 2012. With this increased awareness and support from private and non-profit communities, we’re certain personalized learning will scale up and deliver on the promise to improve student outcomes like never before.

At ScootPad, we’re super excited to have been involved with building personalized learning solutions that will help the world’s younger generation enhance their learning potential.

Cheers,
Maya & Bharat
Founders, ScootPad

ScootPad and Engrade Now Integrated to Provide Seamless Single Sign-on

ScootPad has partnered up with McGraw Hill Education’s Engrade learning management platform to provide a simplified sign-in process for educators and students. Users are now able to seamlessly launch into ScootPad from Engrade without having to remember or re-enter their login information every time. This integration will allow educators and students to spend less time signing in and more time on learning.

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For more details on how to set up Engrade integration, view our help article.

Are you using another LMS/LTI system other than Engrade? No problem. You can still add ScootPad as an external app to any LTI-compatible LMS/SIS system. To integrate with any another LMS/SIS system, check out our follow these steps.

Cheers!
ScootPad Team

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