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EdTech Quick Take: Seesaw vs. FreshGrade

A teacher-focused showdown between two popular digital-portfolio apps.

November 17, 2015
Jeff Knutson Senior Manager, Education Content
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration, Tools

Portfolios and project-based learning (commonly known as PBL) are great ways for students to take ownership of their learning and share what they know with others. Whether you're looking to go all in with a completely PBL-centered classroom or even just looking to give your students a project with a more authentic means for assessment, digital portfolios are definitely the way to go. These digital-portfolio and PBL tools can help make it a cinch for students to document and share all the important moments and artifacts that speak to their learning.

But here's the thing: Portfolio- and project-based learning also require teachers to manage a lot of content. Digital-portfolio tools can definitely help make this easier, but there are a bunch of them out there, and each offers different tools and features. How do you know which one's best for your classroom's needs?

In this episode of our EdTech Quick Take series, we chose two popular digital-portfolio apps: Seesaw and FreshGrade

Both apps cover the important basics, in terms of offering students a place to capture, manage, and share evidence of their amazing work. However, each tool has some key features that really set it apart from the other. Depending on your students' needs, one app might be a better choice than the other. So, how are they different? Check out the video to see a breakdown of the features along with our analysis!

And if you're already a user of either Seesaw or FreshGrade, tell us what you think in the comments below. If you've found other tools to be useful, tell us about that, too!