The season of joy, giving, and hot cocoa is upon us, and we at ScootPad would like to wish you Happy Holidays!
We are so delighted to be going into this magical season knowing that we have your support – it is the best gift we could ever receive. Thank you for helping make ScootPad possible!
Our hope is for you all to use this special time to spend with loved ones, be in the present, and of course, get lots of rest. The ScootPad team will be doing the same, and we wanted to update you on our Holiday support hours. We will be out celebrating the Holidays December 19 – January 1. Our phone, live chat, and email support will be unavailable but don’t worry, we’ll be ready to help as always starting January 2nd.
Warmest wishes to your friends and family!
Today we’re excited to announce the release dates of the upcoming product improvements and new features that are scheduled to be available over the next several weeks.
Summary of these major releases:
- Enhanced Assessment Content: 30th Sep 2016
- New Practice 2.0 Feature: 31st Oct 2016
- New Lessons Feature: 18th Nov 2016
- New Curricula & Standards: 16th Dec 2016
For more details, please review the included Google slides.
Stay tuned for more details and learn how to start using these new features with your students. Hope you’ll love these new features as much as we do.
The ScootPad Team
We’re pleased to announce that Tea Area School District adopted ScootPad District-Wide, allowing the district to standardize learning for all students while saving money and gaining invaluable insight into student learning across the district.
Tea Area Schools, a tech-savvy district experienced with technology in the classroom and their effects on student learning, was in search of a comprehensive platform to enable innovative and challenging learning opportunities. ScootPad was introduced to Tea Area Legacy Elementary school during a brief trial. ScootPad impressed administrators with its detailed reports, while teachers were pleased to see the features they desired all on one platform. Tea Area Schools had other prospective bidders, such as iXL, but decided to go with ScootPad due to its comprehensiveness and value for the money.
“Our teachers were so impressed with ScootPad’s platform and the abundance of features, that I don’t know where to begin. They were immediately pleased when they saw the Learning Paths feature and how well it covers the Common Core. They also liked that the program can adapt to the learners’ needs by assessing each student and placing them in the appropriate unit on the learning path. In addition, the teachers found the reports to be very useful in determining learners’ needs whether it be for an individual, a small group, or the entire class.” said Jamie Ihnen, Technology Integrationist for Tea Area Schools. “Thanks to ScootPad’s wide variety of subjects and features, we are able to save money by purchasing ScootPad for the entire district and eliminate other programs that we have licenses for. With all students using ScootPad, we are looking forward to accessing district-wide learning data.”
“We’re happy to have Tea Area Schools choose ScootPad as their district-wide learning tool.” said Bharat Kumer, Co-founder and CEO of ScootPad. “One of the goals of Tea Area Schools is to provide innovative and challenging learning opportunities to their students, and our entire team is more than thrilled to stand behind ScootPad to enable that goal.”
We’re pleased to announce that several L.A. Unified Schools extended their ScootPad Site Licenses for multiple years as a result of their early success with accelerated rate of learning and overall love for ScootPad by both students & teachers.
Allesandro Elementary School was an early-adopter school from L.A. Unified which implemented ScootPad school-wide starting with the 2013-2014 school year when ScootPad’s flagship Ultra-Premium Site License was first released. Bandini Street Elementary School, Gardena Elementary School, Humphreys Avenue Elementary School and Canterbury Avenue Elementary School followed suit with school-wide implementations of ScootPad and subsequently renewed their site licenses for multiple years. Allesandro Elementary School has been recognized by ScootPad as the first school to reach the “5-Year Milestone“, having purchased ScootPad for a total of 5 school years!
“With all the recent changes in education our school has been lucky to have found a program like ScootPad. It continues to hit the mark on providing students with much needed Math and Reading practice while acquiring computer knowledge. Teachers have the ability to assign and modify student assignments for both class and homework. Parents also have access at home so they can work with their kids. ScootPad has become an important tool in the success of our students.” said Lynn Andrews, Principal, Allesandro Elementary School. “What has probably been the most surprising part is the willingness of the ScootPad team to take our feedback and make improvements swiftly. On behalf of the entire Allesandro team, here’s a big Thank You to ScootPad and the team behind it.”
“We are very excited and encouraged to see schools & districts adding ScootPad to their strategic plans with multi-year commitments. We look forward to working very closely with them to make ScootPad even more valuable and easy to use in the coming months and years.” said Bharat Kumar, Co-Founder & CEO of ScootPad. “Together, we are offering an invaluable learning tool for students at a fraction of the cost compared to similar products in the market.”
We’re pleased to announce that Fort Gibson Public Schools renewed their ScootPad Site License for two more years, driven by significant gains in student achievement in both Math and Reading during the 2014-2015 school year.
Fort Gibson implemented ScootPad to deliver 1:1 learning for students at their Early Learning Center and Intermediate Elementary Schools in the 2014-2015 school year. State Department of Education-led tests demonstrated significant student gains in both Math and Reading scores, prompting Fort Gibson to renew their ScootPad site license for two additional years. Also, impressed by the results, Fort Gibson administration mandated ScootPad to be part of their daily blended instruction for all students starting next school year.
“We are very pleased with our experience using ScootPad. We had previously participated in a program through our State Department of Education called Think Through Math. This year as part of that program, we were asked to participate in an additional test that would see how our students compared nationally in math. Our students scored very well. The test was taken in the fall and the spring. One classroom alone showed a 180 point gain. When we asked our teachers who showed the most gain and success on the test what they were doing, we found that those teachers used ScootPad math as part of their daily blended instruction time. Every student in our district has a device as part of our district 1:1 initiative. Our elementary students (k-5) use ScootPad as an integral part of their virtual instruction using their own devices. They communicate with their teachers and receive assignments and practice through ScootPad.” said Cheryl Hill, District Curriculum Director.
“Our state has a high stakes reading test for 3rd graders. They must pass in order to be promoted to 4th grade. ScootPad is a consistent part of the reading instruction and is used faithfully by our Title I reading specialist. For the second year in a row, 100% of our regular Ed students have passed the test. Our results with ScootPad have been so incredible that our Intermediate Elementary principal is now requiring all students to complete one ScootPad Math and one ScootPad Reading lesson each day starting in the fall.” Cheryl Hill added.
“We’re pleased and humbled to see ScootPad delivering measurable impact and helping Fort Gibson students reach their full potential,” said Bharat Kumar, Co-Founder & CEO of ScootPad. “We are also very excited to partner with Fort Gibson in the coming months and years as we continue to roll out our platform’s new and extended capabilities.”
We’re pleased to announce that Penns Valley Area School District has selected ScootPad to enable personalized and differentiated learning for its K-8 students.
Penns Valley first implemented ScootPad at their Elementary and Intermediate School in the 2014-2015 school year. Impressed by the results and the positive experience, Penns Valley decided to deploy ScootPad district-wide across all of their K-8 schools. Penns Valley selected ScootPad as a long-term partner (with a multi-year license agreement) to deliver personalized and differentiated learning for all K-8 schools.
“We were looking for a solution that would: Engage the students, differentiate by specific standard/concept, give our teachers easy access to a variety of reports, show our students their progress and allow students/parents to access at home” said Sherri Connell, Assistant Superintendent. “Using this criteria, we had teachers try different resources for over a year and, based upon their experience, present their findings to the entire selection committee. We felt that ScootPad best met our needs.”
“We applaud Penns Valley for taking these important steps to help students reach their full potential,” said Bharat Kumar, Co-Founder & CEO of ScootPad. “We are excited to partner with Penns Valley to help them realize the difference that personalized and differentiated learning solutions will make on student achievement.”
We’re pleased to announce support for the IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) integration on the ScootPad platform. ScootPad is now compliant with both LTI 1.x and 2.0 specifications. This integration enables users to simply click a button/link and seamlessly launch ScootPad from within their LMS/SIS systems.
What is LTI?
Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is a standard from IMS Global Learning Consortium that enables learning platforms to easily integrate with learning applications providing a seamless end user experience. In LTI these learning applications are called Tools (delivered by Tool Providers such as ScootPad) and the LMS, or platforms, are called Tool Consumers.
Why use LTI integration with ScootPad?
When you implement LTI integration between your LMS/SIS system and ScootPad, your administrators, teachers and students can automatically:
- Get an account on ScootPad with the appropriate role
- Sign into ScootPad with 1-click (no separate username or password)
- Enroll into classrooms and much more…
How to get started?
From your ScootPad administrator account, go to the LTI Settings page and click “Request Keys” button. We’ll setup (within 24 hours) a unique consumer key and secret for your district/school and enable your access to implement LTI integration. Also, our team will work with you every step of the process until you are live with the integration.
With this integration, both students and teachers will be seamlessly logged into ScootPad if they’re already logged into their existing system. We believe that the more convenient we make it for students, the more quickly and efficiently they will learn.
We hope you enjoy this new feature. Please tell us what you think and keep giving us your feedback and suggestions as always!