Watch! Intro to Scoodle Jam Webinar now on YouTube.

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For those of you who missed the webinar last night, it’s now available on our Scoot & Doodle YouTube Channel. Get your iPads out and follow along with cofounder Patty Chang as she walks you through how to use Scoodle Jam’s tools and CCSS-aligned content for ELA, math, collaboration, and more.

You’ll see real examples of how teachers and students are using Scoodle Jam in the classroom to deepen learning and increase productivity; how students can submit their Scoodle Jam created work directly to their Edmodo classroom and teacher; how to sync canvases to collaborate with another student on the same page; how to import photos to create stickers or backgrounds for both non-fiction and narrative based assignments; and how to manage user settings.

Next month – we have some fantastic educators and IT curriculum specialists lined up who will share how they’re powering up their classrooms and after-school programs with Scoodle Jam. You won’t want to miss these webinars. Sign up to receive details and upcoming dates.

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Join us for Intro to Scoodle Jam Training Webinars

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REGISTER FOR A SESSION

Please join cofounder and product lead, Patty Chang, Thursday (1/29) at 8pm (ET, PT and MT) to learn how to maximize Scoodle Jam’s tools and content. Participants from each time zone will learn how to use Scoodle Jam for ELA, math, collaboration, and more.

The intro sessions will be 30 minutes long and held on G+ Hangouts on Air (HOA.) You will need a gmail account to join or watch the Hangout. If you can’t make any of the session times, we will post the recorded webinar for on-demand viewing later. Patty will remain online after each session to answer questions for another half hour.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

 

 

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Join us at FETC 2015

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Come see us at#FETC this Thursday in Edmodo’s booth #831. Our product lead + cofounder, Patty Chang, will be presenting Scoodle Jam: Dive Deep into #CCSS Learning & Instruction at 930A. We’ll also be raffling off a classroom set of Scoodle Jam to a lucky school. (Retail value: $150).  The winner will be announced 1/28.

Register for a chance to win a free classroom set of Scoodle Jam* https://scootdoodle.wufoo.com/forms/raffle/

*US schools only

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Coming Soon! Intro to Scoodle Jam Webinars

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Join us for Scoodle Jam Training Webinars

We’re so excited about the 50,000 of you who are kickstarting the new year with Scoodle Jam in your classrooms. To help you get the most out of our content, creation, and collobaration tools, we’re holding free, half hour, “Get To Know Scoodle Jam” training sessions later this month.

The intro sessions will walk you through the app’s powerful and flexible tools. By the end of the webinar, you’ll be ready to incorporate Scoodle Jam into your daily instruction for math, English language arts, social studies, and more.

We’ll also be launching our series of educator-led webinars. In these sessions, you’ll learn first hand from your peers how they’re using Scoodle Jam to enhance classroom instruction and deepen student learning.

You won’t want to miss out on these live demos and conversations. Sign up and we’ll email you more details.

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Get Your Students Back in the Groove with a Food Truck Project

How do you get your students excited about returning to the classroom after their fun, holiday break and still meet your teaching goals? Real-world, integrated units, like our food truck project, can be an effective solution. In “Mobile Feast”, students team up to create a food truck business that will be a hit in their community. In the process of creating their new business, students will engage in authentic problem solving, persuasive writing, creative design, critical analysis, and role playing as discerning customers and entrepreneurs.

The project comes with nine, built-in templates, a free lesson plan, and additional math & ela activities for classroom use.

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You can find the food truck project inside Scoodle Jam under Templates>Projects>Mobile Feast.

As an extra timely bonus, check out this week’s Newsela story, Funky Food Truck Pulls up In Kabul.

We’d love for you to share your classroom’s food truck stories with our community when you’re done. Email us at blog@scootdoodle.com and we’ll post them.

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Kickstart 2015 with Scoodle Jam

 

Happy New Year!

As we enter 2015, we’re excited to be working with all of you to make this year an extra special year of learning, creation, and collaboration that will inform and inspire the way we teach and the way our kids learn using technology.

One of our new year’s resolutions is to rev your iPads into high gear and get your students in creation and collaboration mode with Scoodle Jam.

Here are 3 places to get your Scoodle Jam engines hummin':

1. Check out our tutorial videos overview video
We’ve created four short, focused primers and an overview video to help you use Scoodle Jam for ELA, Math, Informational Text Writing, and Project-Based Learning.

2. Read through our educator guides
Our educator guides provide a simple, step by step walk through of Scoodle Jam’s creation tools, templates, and projects and how to use them.

3. Follow our blog
We’ll be sharing lesson and project ideas to inspire you, content to expand your minds, and stories from the classroom written by our community of teachers, tech specialists, and parents. We’d love to hear how you’re using your iPads and Scoodle Jam to teach and engage your students in their learning. Please email blog@scootdoodle.com if you’d like us to share your stories.

Our team is here to help with your questions, extra support needs, training. Please email me directly to get in touch.

Looking forward to hearing from and meeting many of you in person this coming year.

Cheers and Happy 2015!
Patty


Patty Chang
Co-founder & Teacher Success Coach
patty@scootdoodle.com

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3 Activities to Keep Students Engaged Before the Break

With just two days left before winter break begins, how can you keep your students engaged in their lessons and still embrace their excitement for the holidays? Here are a few of our favorite winter themed activities to get your students’ critical and creative thinking juices going with Scoodle Jam.

 

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 Write An Acrostic Poem

An acrostic poem features a topic idea running down the left  side. Each letter of the topic word begins a line of text, which can be a single word or multiple words,  that describe the topic word. For example, snowflake.

For extra fun, have students sync their canvases using their  Edmodo accounts to create an acrostic poem together.

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Partner students up with a buddy to design a holiday shirt or sweater. Have students combine stickers, photos, and their drawings to create their designs. Get a headstart and upload Scoodle Jam’s T-shirt template found in Templates>Starters>Get Creative.

Have students price their designs, set up a mock sales booth, and take turns role playing customer and vendor. This activity is a great way to have students apply their math skills in a real-world way.

         

Collaborative Storytelling

Start your students with a writing prompt like, “On a cold winter day, my best friend and I were building a snowman when suddenly…” In this writing unit, have each student take turns writing a line of the story, building on each other’s thoughts. To help differentiate the writers, have each student choose their own color to write in. Extra points for adding illustrations to the story.

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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!

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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!

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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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