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.
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?
Dr. Michelle Anthony