Three Of Our Favorite Back To School Ice Breakers

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The first week back to school can be a stressful time for students. To help ease their jitters and establish a lively rapport, try a couple of these fun “get-to-know-me” activities to break the ice.

Who Am I?

This is a great social-emotional activity for students to share what makes them tick. To do this activity  have students respond to the following prompts by drawing and writing out their thoughts. Once they’ve completed all the prompts, have each student present their responses to the class.

1. School is…. because…

2. One thing I would change about school is…. because….

3. One day, I hope to…because…

4. I feel happy when…

5. I feel upset when…

6. I wish I knew more about…

7. I’m afraid of….because…

8. An animal or plant that represents me is…because I’m the kind of person that….

*For extra fun, students can fill out the “Who Am I” templates in our Scoodle Jam app. To get to the “Who Am I” activity, open up Scoodle Jam; tap on the “Templates” tab found in the top tool bar; select “Starters” from the drop-down menu; then select the “Who Am I?” activity. Here are a few filled-out templates created by a 5th grader.

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Two Truths and a Lie

In this activity, students get to know each other by sharing true and false statements about themselves. To start, have one student tell the class two things about themselves that are true and one thing that is false. The students listening must determine which is one of the three is a lie. They can vote on the lie by secret ballot or by raising their hands. Once the class has voted, the student reveals the lie and shares a short description about their two truths. Go around the classroom until all students have a turn. To make this easier, have the students share only one truth and one lie. To keep the fun going all week, have 5 students a day share their truths and lies.

Alphabetize Me

In this game, students get to know each other’s names by working together to sort themselves in alphabetical order by first name. For older students, the goal is to alphabetize themselves in five minutes. For younger students, allow 7 minutes. After the class has completed the first round, have them try to beat their time by alphabetizing themselves by their middle and last names. Discuss what strategies they used to organize themselves in alphabetical order; what worked great and what didn’t work very well; and what would they have changed each round?

If you have any icebreaker activities for back to school week, we’d love for you to share them with our global community on our G+ Scoodle Jam Edu page.

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Scoodle Jam Back To School

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Kick-off a new year of learning with Scoodle Jam, now just $1.50* with Apple’s Volume Purchase Program. That’s a 33% savings from our regular price of $3.99.

This is a fantastic time to join the 315k+ teachers and students who already nabbed our creation, collaboration app to go deeper in their learning.

For easy-to-follow lesson plans and ideas using Scoodle Jam with students K-9, check us out in Apple’s free ebook and our PBL guides for educators.

Happy scoodling!

Team Scoot & Doodle

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Scoodle Jam + Apple eBook = Real World Learning

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More great news! Apple has released a free ebook collection, “Real World Learning” featuring Scoodle Jam Lesson Ideas.

The ebook includes step-by-step, visual lesson plans designed by Apple Distinguished Educators for teachers to use with students 5-14+ in math, science and language arts.

Be sure to check it out.

*If you have lesson ideas you’d like to share with our global teacher community, please post them to our new Scoot & Doodle Edu community on G+.  We’d love to see hear how you’re using Scoot & Doodle on Hangouts, or Scoodle Jam for iPad, to help your students go deeper in their learning.

 

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Scoodle Jam now available worldwide!

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After repeated requests to go global, we’re excited to announce Scoodle Jam’s worldwide premiere today.

There are so many ways to use Scoodle Jam’s built-in manipulatives, photo tool, graphic organizers, and project-based units to create, collaborate on the same page, and explain anything and everything.

Watch our demo and see how educators and students are using Scoodle Jam to go deeper in their learning.

We’re here to help with your support needs, training, and questions. Please shoot us an email, support@scootdoodle.com so we can get you revved up for the fall.

Happy summering!
Team Scoot & Doodle

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K6 Educators Tweet Their Scoodle Jam Love

We love how teachers and students are using Scoodle Jam for ELA, math, social studes & more!

  1. Students using and loving #scoodlejam to explain a branch of govt @scootdoodle @AndyGignac @RobDurecka http://t.co/3L2zsIHB4A

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  2. Working on solid figures using Scoodle Jam! Awesome app! Free on the 17th & 18th. http://t.co/8usVEhPG4S #ipadacademy http://t.co/yZCmeYFzPu

    Working on solid figures using Scoodle Jam! Awesome app! Free on the 17th & 18th.  http://scootdoodle.com #ipadacademy pic.twitter.com/yZCmeYFzPu
  3. Today first grade typed a response on Scoodle Jam to determine the point of view of a story!! AWESOME JOB CLASS!!! http://t.co/ej0wYT02yB

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  5. A6 Students present & share their SJ creations live + their SJ/@Edmodo classroom wall #2ndchat @missmac100 http://t.co/K7mRoPR9fL

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In The Spotlight Pt2: Scoot & Doodle on Edu Trends that Students Love

Part 2 of Pearson Labs’ interview with our CEO & founder, Christine Egy Rose.

1. Tinkering and maker education are making a spirited comeback in classrooms internationally. Why do you think that is?

All the greatest minds have been tinkers and makers, just think of DaVinci. People always have been tinkering and making.  It’s a natural and fun way to understand how the world around us works.As we’re trying to get more students to develop a love of learning, it’s no surprise that tinkering and maker education programs are making a comeback. They’re fun and fascinating. They activate young minds and bodies. What could get a kids more excited than learning about how something functions, by tearing it apart to see the inner workings and then figuring out how it goes back together again? What’s more rewarding than making your ideas come to life in 3D and seeing what you can build when you combine different materials? We’re big advocates for this type of learning

2. You’re also big advocates of learning through play. What makes the social element an important addition to your products?

Yes, we do believe in learning through play. When you play with others, competing in games, tossing ideas around, imagining new worlds, it has a mind amplifying effect. When you interact with others inside a Scoot & Doodle product, you’re able to build on one another’s ideas, explore new ideas and new ways of thinking together, all in real-time.

3. Look into your crystal ball: what’s the next big educational trend on the horizon?

We will see more tools and materials that help teachers combine the traditional 3 Rs (reading, writing, arithmetic) with the 4 Cs (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication.) We’ll also see more authentic assessment and ways to demonstrate how students are progressing in their non-cognitive skills.

Bonus question:

You’re headed ASU+GSV in April. Which 3 speakers or panels are you most looking forward to?

There are lots of interesting presentations, but I’m most curious to see a documentary film that will be shown here called “Most Likely to Succeed.” The doc explores our education crisis today in hopes of expanding the important conversation educators, parents, an edu-innovators need to have to prepare our kids and future generations to thrive in our innovation economy.

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In The Spotlight: Scoot & Doodle in Education

This week, our CEO and founder, Christine Egy Rose, was in Phoenix for the  ASU/GSV Summit. While there, Pearson Labs interviewed Christine about Scoot & Doodle and her thoughts on technology in education today. Here is Part I of the interview.

1. What problem is Scoot & Doodle addressing?

For generations of us, school was spent mastering the Three R’s – which basically meant consume and regurgitate knowledge. But today, as we face an increasingly complex and changing world, mastering the Three Rs is no longer enough. Kids today need to master at least 4 more crucial skills in addition to the Three R’s to participate and thrive in the future. Those crucial skills are the Four Cs – Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication, also known as the “learning and innovation skills.”

2. Why does this solution matter?

This solution matters because combining the Four C’s with the Three R’s, produces a whole learner empowered with the skills, confidence, and comfortability to work with others, to imagine and innovate new solutions, and to solve complex problems across the globe. This solution underlines the importance of being to apply and create knowledge.

3. What role does Scoot & Doodle play as part of this solution?

At Scoot & Doodle, we’re building education products where kids fall in love with learning. They happily practice and strengthen their skills in both the Three Rs and the Four Cs using our built-in tools and project based learning units. We design our learning environments to be invitingly interactive and accessible, so learning goes deeper and feels more like playing. With our easy-to-use creation and collaboration tools and content, teachers and students can easily connect their learning to things that matter to them.

4. What impact does learning this have on students’ results?

When students use our creation and collaboration products, each one of them is excited about taking on their learning assignments. They become deeply engaged in creating their knowledge, no matter their skill level. This deep level of engagement and creation translates into several things for the students:

  1. They spend more time and go deeper to demonstrate their understanding of the material.
  2. They are able to apply their knowledge in new and novel ways.
  3. They create richer more complex work.
  4. Their pride and excitement to share their learning skyrockets, because they have more control and power to express themselves.
  5. Their learning becomes personal and meaningful to them.

Ultimately, all of this results in a happy learner who feels confident and curious to address any challenge or problem he/she faces and that’s a wonderful thing. 

5.  Scoot & Doodle in 140 characters…go!

We help kids fall in love with learning + build their skills & confidence in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration & communication.

Bonus question:  If you can tell us, what’s next for Scoot & Doodle?

We’ll partner with key content providers who are committed to providing content that piques a child’s curiosity so they will go deeper into their learning. We’ll also add tools to help educators understand how children are progressing with the Four Cs.

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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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