Join the conversations @EdcampSV this Saturday

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We’re looking forward to all the conversations at Edcamp Silicon Valley tomorrow.
We love that educators set the day’s agenda at the start of the conference. An edu-awesome way to get to the heart of issues and ideas that are top of mind.

If you can’t attend tomorrow, but have an issue you’d like discussed, email us and we’ll throw it in the pot.

As one of the proud sponsors of the event, we’ll be giving away some fantastic prizes in the raffle, so make sure to keep your ears tuned for Scoot & Doodle. A special thanks to our game-changing Ambassadors @alicekeeler @catlett1 @sampatue @kylepace @JaimeVanderG @greasonj for helping us come up with the give-aways.

 

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Come visit us at ISTE 2013

We’re en route to San Antonio for #ISTE2013. If you’re going too, stop by and demo our realtime collaboration studios on G+ Hangouts & the iPad, learn about our new Ambassador Educator Program and grab a coffee, some treats & a little scoodle shwag. We’ll be in the Exhibit Hall, Meeting Room #2, Monday & Tuesday from noon – 1:30p and 4-5:30p. Look for our orange “Get Creative Together” banner.

We’ll also be at #EdTechWomen Dine & #Martini Monday with Edcanvas, Showbie & SmarterCookie. Looking forward to reconnecting with Alison Anderson and Amy Lin at these events and making new friends. If you see us around ISTE and can’t make the any of these events, please stop us to say hello. Here’s a photo of what we look like – just picture us without our Scoot & Doodle created disguises on.

Finally, it’s our first time to ISTE and San Antonio, so please share your tips & reccs on how to make the most of this cool edtech conference and the city.

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We’re Back at SXSW for a Second Year in a Row!

Scoot Doodle at SXSW

We’re thrilled to be hosting a panel at South by Southwest Interactive this year! You may remember that last year we participated in our first panel on Social Media and Young Children: Our Kids’ Futures. This time around, we’re returning to host a panel about The Future of Play. We’ll be delving into how we play, the research behind it, and what we’re doing to reshape the impact of play. Representatives from both Toy Talk and Lego will be joining us for what’s sure to be an engaging and playful discussion.

To pump up the SXSW crowd, we’ll be passing out postcards with a prompt to design a playground of the future. If you’re not attending SXSW, you can still join in on the fun!  Simply design your idea for the playground of the future at www.scootdoodle.com. Then tweet it with the hashtags #futureplay & #SXSW. We’ll be sure to RT our favorites. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Scoot & Doodle at SXSW

Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@scootdoodle) as we’ll be live tweeting from the event!

Missed what we talked about last year? Be sure to check out our blog post recapping the event.

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The Process of a Scoodle

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Do you utilize the scrapbook feature to improve upon your scoodles? We sure do! In fact, we’ll often receive compliments on our scoodle work and questions about how we created our scoodles.

Well, it’s a work in progress. And to show that work in progress, we wanted to share with you the stages of each scoodle.

First, we’ll stage a background scene. In this phase, we’re not too worried about specifics but instead just laying the ground work for the scene we decided to create.

Process of a Scoodle

The next phase is where we start adding more shading. See here how we begin developing the mountain by adding white, gray and black. With this shading, the mountain begins to look 3D.

Process of a Scoodle

We then carry the shading on to the rest of the landscape by adding different hues to the water, grass, and sky.

Process of a Scoodle

Next we add a focal point which, for us, obviously includes Beanies. They’re so fun!

Process of a Scoodle

Lastly, we’ll give our Beanies some flavor by adding some hair or sometimes even some clothes. For more thoughts on dressing up your Beanies, check out our blog post with advice of making your Beanies look their best!

Process of a Scoodle

What’s your process for developing scoodles? Share with us in the comments section below.

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Fan Doodles of the Week

Perhaps as you’ve been following us on our Facebook, Google + and Twitter feeds, you’ve noticed are awesome scoodles. In fact, we’ve often received compliments on work, quickly followed by, did you seriously create that on Scoot & Doodle? The answer is YES! Everything we share to our social feeds has been created by one of our awesome team members at Scoot & Doodle.

However, we wanted to take a minute to highlight some of the awesome work we’ve scene submitted to our Tumblr gallery. Below are some of our favorite fan scoodles!

One thing is for certain, this scoodler has talent!

We’re always a fan of the abstract scoodles and this one takes the cake!

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So maybe our Beanies do kind of look like Teletubbies. Astute observation scoodler!

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We love how these scoodlers collaborated to share their super powers on one doodle pad! Very cool.

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 Want to see some other fan scoodles? Be sure to check out our Tumblr gallery and upload some of your work while you’re there!

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Scoot & Doodle for Tutoring

We recently came across an awesome resource for students and tutors at www.learnedbyme.com. It’s a site where students and tutors can connect across the world for only $15 a lesson. The tutoring is affordable, convenient, and customized to the student’s needs.
Scoot & Doodle is a great platform for tutoring as students and teachers can use the collaborative doodle pad as a whiteboard for lessons and ideas. You can use it to flesh out ideas and it’s a great tool for visual learners. We’ve seen fans use it for:

1) Math- Fans have drawn out pizzas and pies to help solve fractions or used stamps for adding and subtracting. Who says math can’t be fun?!

Tutoring Online  2) Language Arts- We seen class rooms develop collaborative scenes from books to show comprehension and creativity. It’s a great way to show understanding and communicate themes on a deeper level.

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3) Foreign Language Studies- Nothing helps learning a foreign language better than visual ques. Instead of saying fromage equals cheese, why not draw it out?

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Have you used Scoot & Doodle for tutoring? If so, how? Share with us in the comments section below.

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Create a Valentine’s Day Card Online!

Forget the card this year? No worries! Scoot & Doodle has you covered with easy to create Valentine’s Day cards the one you love will cherish. After all, homemade cards mean so much more!

Below are some of our favorite Valentine’s Day card creations.

 

If you’re away from your loved one, why not create a collaborative card together? We’d love to see it! Be sure to submit it to our Tumblr gallery and we’ll share our favorites on our Google + and Facebook page!

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How to Draw Awesome Characters with Beanies

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Aren’t the Beanies just adorable? No, seriously…they’re really too cute. If you have been using our Beanie stamps but if are looking for some ways to make them more characterized, we have some cool ways to punch up your Beanies with some cute designs.

1) It’s all about the hair!

Hair on the Beanies!Go crazy with some long locks! Add highlights, lowlights, and some crazy flair. A little bit of hair adds a lot to a Beanie’s personality!

2) No nudity!

Add clothes to your Beanies!Are your Beanies at work? At the store? Or out for a run? Whatever they’re doing, you better make sure they’re properly dressed!

3) Don’t forget the props!

Add Props to your Beanies!

A simple hat, purse or an umbrella can tell quite the story. Who is your Beanie and what do they hold?

How do you add character to your Beanies? Share with us in the comments section below?

 

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Scoodle Inspiration!

Scoodle Inspiration!

Feeling a bit silly? Why not take a cue from Walt Disney and create the impossible on Scoot & Doodle!  For example, mabye we live in a world where our heads turn into apples & acorns?

Okay, this creation is a bit ridiculous. But, it’s pretty fun making Beanie’s with different heads. And by pretty fun…I mean, we’re having a blast over here!

If you don’t believe us, try it out yourselves! We want to see the most ridiculous, impossible creation using two of our stamps. Once you’re done, share it to Google + with the #scoodle or share it to our Tumblr Gallery. We’ll share our favorites with our fans!

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Maintain the Brain Official Rules

Maintain the Brain Sweepstakes

Official Rules  

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR CLAIM A PRIZE.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

The Maintain the Brain Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:01 a.m. EST on February 7, 2013 (the “Sweepstakes Start Date”) and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on February 22, 2013 (the “Sweepstakes End Date”), such period referred to herein as the “Sweepstakes Period.”  The Sweepstakes is sponsored by Scoot & Doodle, Inc. (the “Sweepstakes Sponsor”).  The Sweepstakes Sponsor’s computer is the official clock for the Sweepstakes.  The Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.  You are providing your information to the Sweepstakes Sponsor and not to Facebook.

1.  How to Enter:  To enter the Sweepstakes:

(a)        Visit the Maintain the Brain Sweepstakes Tab at www.facebook.com/scootdoodle;

(b)        “Like” Scoot & Doodle;

(c)        Complete the Sweepstakes Entry Form by entering your first name, last name and e-mail address.

Once you have completed the Sweepstakes Entry Form described above, you will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes, and you will be provided with a referral link.  Click this link to invite your friends to enter the Sweepstakes and receive one (1) additional entry for each of your referred friends who enter the Sweepstakes during the Sweepstakes Period.

Participation in the Sweepstakes is voluntary and does not require you to purchase anything from the Sweepstakes Sponsor.  To enter by mail, please print your first name, last name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and e-mail address on a three-by-five-inch card. Place the card in an envelope, affix first-class postage, and send it to the Sweepstakes Sponsor at the address below.  You will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes for each completed card we receive by mail.  Limit to one hundred (100) entries per person, regardless of the method of entry.  No illegible, incomplete, forged or altered entries will be accepted.  All entries must be received by the Sweepstakes End Date.  Mechanically produced or reproduced entries not accepted.  All entries become the property of the Sweepstakes Sponsor and will not be returned.  Submitted entries will not be acknowledged.  Proof of submission of an entry does not constitute proof of receipt by Sweepstakes Sponsor.

2.  Prize:  There will be one (1) prize offered to the winner of the Sweepstakes, consisting of one (1) $50 Scoot & Doodle Gift Card and one (1) Educational Kit Project Genius Light from EEME with an approximate retail value of $50.  Additional terms and conditions of the gift card apply.

Odds of winning are affected by the number of eligible entries received by the Sweepstakes Sponsor by the Sweepstakes End Date.  Total approximate retail value of the prize: USD $100.  Allow 4-6 weeks after validation of arrangement for receipt of prize.  There is no substitution, cash equivalent or transfer of prizes allowed.  Winner will be solely responsible for all other expenses.  The Sweepstakes Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.  No other substitution or transfer of prizes permitted.  The Sweepstakes Sponsor is responsible only for prize delivery; not responsible for prize utility, quality or otherwise.  In order to receive a prize, winner may be required to provide proof of identification or eligibility.  All federal, state and local taxes, if any, are the responsibility of the winner.

3.  Eligibility:  The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry.  Entries are limited to individuals only; commercial enterprises and business entities are not eligible.  By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant accepts the terms and conditions stated in these Official Rules, agrees to be bound by the decisions of the Sweepstakes Sponsor and warrants that s/he is eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes.  Employees, independent contractors, officers, and directors of the Sweepstakes Sponsor, its affiliates and subsidiaries and its advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors, and their immediate family members and persons living in the same household, are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes.  SWEEPSTAKES IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW and is subject to applicable federal, state, provincial/territorial and local laws and regulations.

4.  Selection of Winner:  On or about February 23, 2013 (the “Drawing Date”), the Sweepstakes Sponsor will randomly select the winner from all eligible entries received by the Sweepstakes End Date.  The winner will be contacted using the contact information provided to the Sweepstakes Sponsor on the Sweepstakes Entry Form or mail-in postcard.  In the event the winner does not accept the prize within five (5) business days of such notice, the winner is ineligible, or the prize or prize notification is not deliverable, an alternate winner may be contacted.  The Sweepstakes Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected or unsuccessful efforts to notify winners.  The winner agrees to the use of his/her name, address (by reference only to the state, province, county or region), likeness, and/or prize information by Sweepstakes Sponsor for promotional purposes in any medium without additional permission or compensation to the extent permitted by law.  Where lawful, the winner may be required to sign and return a Publicity Consent and Liability Release.

5.  Conditions: The Sweepstakes Sponsor, EEME and Facebook, and their respective agents, directors, officers, shareholders, employees, insurers, servants, parents, subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates, predecessors, successors, representatives, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors (the “Released Entities”), are not responsible for, shall not be liable for, and hereby disclaim, to the fullest extent permitted by law) all liability arising from or relating to: (i) late, lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, misdirected, misaddressed, incomplete, unintelligible or postage-due entries; (ii) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, computer or other malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind, whether human or technical; (iii) failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer or e-mail transmissions; (iv) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Sweepstakes Sponsor; (v) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of the prize, or acceptance, possession, or use of the prize, or from participation in the Sweepstakes; or (vi) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Sweepstakes.  The Sweepstakes Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend, modify or cancel the Sweepstakes should any unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond the Sweepstakes Sponsors’ control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes.  In the event that proper administration of the Sweepstakes is prevented by such causes as contemplated above, the Sweepstakes Sponsor will select the winner from all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to such occurrence.  In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner based on an email address, the winning entry will be deemed to be made by the authorized account holder of the email address at time of entry.  “Authorized account holder” is the natural person who is assigned an email address by an internet service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the email address in question.  By participating in the Sweepstakes, participants and the winner agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the Released Entities, and all others associated with the development and execution of the Sweepstakes, from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising out of or relating to the Sweepstakes, participation in the Sweepstakes, the prize, and/or acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize, including but not limited to statutory and common law claims for misappropriation or participant’s right of publicity.  This Sweepstakes shall be governed by California law.  By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree that California courts shall have jurisdiction over any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this Sweepstakes and that venue shall only be in Palo Alto, California.

6.  Winners List: For the first name, last initial, city and state of the winner, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Sweepstakes Sponsor, Attn: Winners List, within ninety (90) days of the Drawing Date.

7.  Sweepstakes Sponsor
Scoot & Doodle, Inc.

2625 Middlefield Road, #223

Palo Alto, CA  94306

8.  Notice: The Sweepstakes Sponsor reserves the right to prosecute and seek damages against any individual who attempts to deliberately undermine the proper operation of the Sweepstakes in violation of these Official Rules and/or criminal and/or civil law.

9.  Copyright ã 2013 Scoot & Doodle, Inc.  All rights reserved.  Scoot & Doodle, Inc. and the associated logo are registered trademarks of Scoot & Doodle, Inc.  Any other trademarks in these Official Rules are used for prize identification purposes ONLY and are the properties of their respective owners.

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