ScootPad

Common Sense Media says

Adaptive, individualized math, reading, and spelling.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids are encouraged to improve each time they use the site.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids can post messages on their class boards; parents can see those messages as well as the comments teachers send them.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ScootPad is a learning platform that helps kids practice math, reading, and spelling. If your child is using ScootPad in the classroom, make sure you activate your parent account and link it to your kid's existing account. This will allow you to partner with your child's classroom teacher and track progress. If you're using ScootPad independently, you can use your account to set up learning tracks and select assignments for your child. ScootPad is a solid place for kids to practice math and literacy skills. However, although they may be motivated by the opportunity to play unrelated games after succeeding on the site, there are better ways to create and keep kids' interest.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • spelling

Math

  • arithmetic
  • counting
  • patterns

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

ScootPad is a collection of straightforward drill-and-practice problems that aren't very exciting. However, kids will love spending their rewards to play online games, and the colorful, cartoony interface is appealing.

Learning Approach

Practice builds confidence, and ScootPad provides a way to do that and get immediate feedback. Kids can track their progress and celebrate their growth as they build skills.

Support

A "listen" button will read questions out loud, which is great for kids with different learning styles. However, the site is missing ways for kids to extend or further apply what they've learned.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • spelling

Math

  • arithmetic
  • counting
  • patterns

Kids can learn to master Common Core Math and English standards ranging from kindergarden to fifth-grade levels. Math exercise stretches from basic arithmetic to fractions and graphing points. Language skills include basics like identifying the cover of a book along with word recognition and spelling. ScootPad is convenient, one-stop shopping for math, reading, and spelling practice, although it could use some better tools to truly engage kids.

This Learning Rating review was written by Emily Pohlonski

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

SCOOTPAD is a website that attempts to tie together the various tasks and routines of an elementary school classroom into one online platform. Kids can practice math, reading, and spelling all while receiving immediate feedback. You can assign customized learning paths to kids, then track and reward their progress. The class-wall tool lets kids receive direct messages from their teachers, but parents can view them, too.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

ScootPad provides a way for parents to practice skills with their children at home that's directly aligned with what's going on in the classroom. Its cost is much less than some programs like iXL that provide a similar service. However, the quality isn't quite as good. 

Practice results show the number correct and incorrect. However, each time a kid gets an answer wrong, the site says, "Oops," and prompts them to try the other multiple-choice option. It doesn't follow up with any additional questions of that same type, so frustrated or bored students can simply click around on the screen until they get through the task. Kids will initially enjoy the fireworks that go off when they finish a quiz correctly, but the novelty will wear off, especially when they realize they can get fireworks with very little effort. Kids get rewarded in the form of coins, which can be used to unlock online games. This system may keep kids on track for a while, but, in the long run, these kind of rewards aren't intrinsically motivating, and kids may lose interest. Additionally, the games, combined with the online math and English practice, can really increase a student's screen time each day. However, the adaptablity of ScootPad's lessons makes it a worthwhile tool that can reach kids at lots of different levels.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about setting goals and making plans to achieve those goals.

  • Families also can talk about the importance of practicing skills to improve them.

  • Looking for more online learning tools? Check out our list of fun and educational websites.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Numbers and letters
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old May 22, 2014
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

MathAlim

What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Parent Written byAddisonMom June 9, 2014
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Perhaps okay for reading - horrible customer service

Good look communicating with this company! My kiddo was enrolled through school & while she enjoyed the program, I couldn't find a sensible way to communicate with this company :-( After my kiddo was enrolled in ScootPad at school, I immediately began receiving a consistent flow of emails. Surprisingly, there was no way to unsubscribe & I would've never opted-in from my work email (the school did this). Nonetheless, I replied with "unsubscribe" a half dozen times without success. Finally,calling gets you the constant loop of "tell us why you're really calling" with massive effort required to figure out which option will get you to a live person. Not a well supported company!
What other families should know
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 4 year old Written bykirandipk May 15, 2015
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Scootpad sucks .

My experience with Scootpad customer service was totally horrible. Being parents I would like that all parents judge me. I registered my two sons for Scootpad in Nov 2014 on $ 7.99/per kid/per month. After a month I call the customer service to cancel my account but they said I don't have any paid account with them . Now I found in my statements the regular transactions each month for both kids appx. for 8 months. The sucking customer service can't do anything for this situation neither they can reimburse my hard earned money nor they can give me credit for same period. How we build future for our kids and we try to make use of every single penny for them which is for good cause but in this case I trashed simply $15.98 for eight months makes $127.84 in total. I don't think they are doing customer friendly business nor they have any kind notion of building kid's future. Educator's such business is shameful.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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