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What 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.
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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?
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.
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