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.
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.
Maya & Bharat
“Adaptive learning” is a popular edtech buzzword, used by curriculum and learning management systems alike. Yet, there’s very little clarity around what this technology does, doesn’t do, and how it actually works.
With support from education giant Pearson, EdSurge spent six months extensively researching and developing a framework on what “adaptive learning technology” does.
Learn more about EdSurge’s research on adaptive learning
EdSurge took a deep dive into 23 different tools to analyze how each tool adapts or responds to a learner in real-time.
We’re pleased to announce that ScootPad has been recognized as one of the three adaptive tools, alongside McGraw Hill’s ALEKS and Pearson’s SuccessMaker, that enable adaptive sequence and adaptive assessment for grades K-8. Furthermore, of the three, ScootPad is distinguished as the only platform covering both Math and ELA for grades K-8, accessible from anywhere at any time on any mobile/desktop device.
We’re pleased to announce that Huntsville City Schools renewed their ScootPad district-wide license for the 2015-2016 school year, enabling personalized learning for each and every student while preparing them for the high-stakes assessments.
Huntsville City Schools, one of the premier school districts in the state of Alabama serving over 23,000 students, started using ScootPad back in April 2014. Huntsville City District administrators were able to run usage and proficiency reports district-wide for 2014-2015 school year to ascertain measurable results and impact ScootPad has delivered.
“Now, we can give pre and post tests to students to determine mastery and learning that has taken place. Reading, eBooks, Math, Spelling, Behavior Tracking are all on one dashboard – everything needed to manage student learning in one place” said Elena Lee, Math Coach at Huntsville City Schools, on behalf of the district’s experience with ScootPad.
Check out the full Huntsville City Schools Case Study for more details.
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.”
Forest Park has been using a variety of ed-tech tools for some time including iXL, MobyMax, and Mathletics. They were in search of a comprehensive solution that was intuitive, adaptive, and engaging for their students while saving valuable time for their teachers. ScootPad was first introduced to Forest Park in late April for a district-wide trial, and after two months of comparing ScootPad with their existing tools, Forest Park decided to standardize on ScootPad for the upcoming school year.
“Forest Park Schools were using a variety of online tools to support their math instruction prior to choosing ScootPad. We wanted a solution that would help all students in grades K-8. Teachers piloted ScootPad during the Spring of 2015 while still using the other tools including IXL, MobyMax and Mathletics. In the end, ScootPad was chosen because the teachers LOVED the “scootorials”, the ability to add co-teachers, the ease of assigning remedial assignments and how clear it was which standard/grade a student was working on. We look forward to the implementation of ScootPad in the 2015-16 school year.” said Amanda Walsh, Director of Instructional Technology.
“We’ll take any opportunity to showcase ScootPad side-by-side with other tools. Trials like these allow schools & districts to ‘try-before-they-buy’ and they’re loving what they see in ScootPad compared to other solutions in the market.” said Bharat Kumar, CEO and Co-founder of ScootPad.
Recently, Oak Lawn-Hometown School District transitioned to a standards-based system of reporting on students’ performance and progress and was in need of a platform that could fit the bill. The district was first introduced to ScootPad in late March of this year when they rolled out a district-wide trial across all K-8 schools to test out ScootPad as a solution for their needs. Less than three months into the trial, Oak Lawn-Hometown was convinced enough to go ahead and purchase ScootPad district-wide as their preferred platform for personalized and standards-based learning.
“We were immediately impressed with both the adaptive nature of the platform, as well as the depth and breadth of data available to our teachers. We strive to provide our students with ‘What they need — when they need it,‘ and ScootPad has helped us do just that. In our piloting process, we received feedback about the ease of use of the platform. Instructional staff enjoyed the adaptive nature of the learning paths, but also appreciated the ability to specifically assign practice in particular areas for particular students.” said Joseph Macchia, CIO of Oak Lawn-Hometown SD 123. “We felt that ScootPad should be made available to all teachers and students throughout our district. Classroom teachers may not immediately see the need for a platform like ScootPad. However, as more and more staff members used ScootPad with their students, the value of such a robust platform for practice made itself very apparent. We began to see organic usage sprawl across our classrooms and schools and we didn’t want the purchasing cycle to slow down being able to offer ScootPad to our students and families.”
“We extend these trials to schools and districts because we know they are going to like the results. We’re pleased that, as with other districts, Oak Lawn-Hometown had a quick and easy implementation that allowed them to purchase ScootPad district-wide.” said Bharat Kumar, Co-Founder & CEO of ScootPad. “We welcome other schools and districts to experience ScootPad and see it for themselves.”
Through trials and strategic partnerships like this, ScootPad’s adaptive learning platform is used by one in three U.S. schools, including some of the largest school districts, and serves over two million K-8 students.
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.”