Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Technology Tuesday: Scootpad.com

I am a huge fan of using technology in my classroom! I've decided to join the "Technology Tuesday" bunch and share with you some of my favorite tech tips!
I found one of the best resources this year through pinterest of course! If you have not checked out ScootPad, click on the link and head on over right now! ScootPad is an online learning platform for students to practice common core standards in Math & Reading. The best thing about ScootPad is its FREE!!!
First you create your class/group. Each child will have a username and password. I kept it simple and just used their names. Once logged in students can write on their classroom wall, "friend" their classmates, change their mood, and earn points for rewards by completing math and reading practices aligned with Common Core Standards. You can go in and edit which standards you want for each unit, select the % rate they have to meet before moving on to the next level and monitor their progress for FREE! It really is amazing!
You students can work to earn "coins". You can set up prizes to give once they reach a certain number. For example, for every 100 coins they earn they get free time with our iPad, for every 500 points they earn, they get a free homework pass and so on. They can even earn coins and earn things from Amazon.com. Parents can also register to keep track of their child's progress. I recently had a child earn 3000 coins and they got to pick a prize from the Amazon website (parents pay for it, read the guidelines carefully). It has been a wonderful incentive in my room.
There is also a homework feature where students can complete their homework online. I don't use this for the simple fact a lot of my kids don't have access to the internet at home but I've heard wonderful things about it.
Each time we log on as a class, I have question posted on our "class wall" and they have to answer it before they move on. If they are working hard, I'll give them free time to "post on the wall". It's like their own version of facebook! They LOVE it!
Here is what "my dashboard" looks like.
Not only is ScootPad a FREE website, there is also a FREE app for iPad and Andriod tablets! My kids get on ScootPad all the time at home! Its so great to see them working so hard! Here is a link to their advertising poster online. Click here to download the PDF for more info.

Does anyone else use ScootPad? What are some of your favorite technology sites?

Oh I've been having some issues sizing my pictures. When I click on my first picture to size it, it always lets me. After that, the sizing box doesn't appear. Is there a way to fix this? It drives me crazy that my pictures are small and not the same size. Help please if anyone can!!
Marcy :)


  1. Wow! I have never heard of Scoot Pad, but I will be checking it out! Thanks for following my blog, I follow yours as well!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

    1. Thanks Hilary! ScootPad really is a great resource! Let me know how you like it if you decide to check it out!

  2. Hi, Welcome to bloggy world! Your blog looks great and I really appreciate the technology tip!
    Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching

  3. Thanks for the technology tip, Marcy. Your blog is super cute. I'm looking forward to stopping by again!

    Read with Me ABC

  4. That is AWESOME! I love hearing about new things :)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

  5. Thanks for stopping by ladies! I can't wait to share more techy tips with ya'll!


  6. I signed up for scoot pad but then never started using it. I was almost afraid it would be too hard for the kids? Does it seem just right to you?

    1. Hi Sara,

      Thanks for stopping by! My kids picked it up fairly quickly. The hardest part really was them remembering their login name and password but the site allows you to print off cards with their info for them. Some of the concepts are difficult for them but in my district we don't use Common Core Standards and ScootPad follows them. For example, in reading under unit 1 it covers subject and predict. I just removed that standard because we don't talk about that. You get to pick and choose what standards you want your kids to be working on. Other than that it has been great and my kids really like it. Hope this helps! If you have any other questions about it just let me know and I'll try to help!


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