When I read on the ScootPad blog a few weeks ago that the student sign in page was released, I was so excited! This is one of the features I had asked for.
I am a GT teacher at an urban school in Denver, where I work with kids in grades K-5, many of whom don’t have a lot of internet and computer experience. I found the time it took to log-in to be cumbersome. Especially with my younger kids, who often could not spell–or at least could not correctly type in–their usernames. Honestly, it was such a challenge that there were days I could have used ScootPad as a center, but I didn’t, simply because the kids could not use it independently.
Hooray! It is now so simple for kids to sign in on your teacher class page! I read the blog post about it (https://blog.scootpad.com/2014/04/21/new-student-sign-in-portal/), but sometimes towards the end of the year, I think, “Hmm…interesting…well, I’ll set that up for next year.”
Trust me here, DON’T WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR! This process is so simple and so useful to you today, right now! Just go to your dashboard and click on the “Student Sign In Portal;” it’s really as simple as that. I put the sign in page link on the bookmarks bar for the Chrome browser I use on the Chromebooks in our class, but you could set the link as a “favorite,” a bookmark, or have it go off a blog, or even your school or class website or protopage.
An added bonus: students have to find their name alphabetically. What a great real-world application of a skill in a meaningful context!
My students got to try it for the first time the other day, as school-wide testing has prevented them from having GT for awhile. They loved it! All they need to do is click on their name, enter their super simple password that I gave them, and PRESTO! They are able to independently log in and get going. This is a tremendous weight off my shoulders and allows them to utilize all the valuable learning time for…learning!
Have you tried the Student Sign In Page yet?
Dr Michelle Anthony