Website review by Marianne Rogowski, Common Sense Education | Updated July 2020

FreshGrade Classic

A fresh way to capture, document, and share student learning

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Based on 9 reviews
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90%| Pass Expert evaluation by Common Sense
Grades
3–12
Subjects & Skills
Communication & Collaboration, Character & SEL

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Pros: Teachers can customize assignments, document student learning, and share day-to-day information instantly with parents and students.

Cons: Lacks some tools for creation and accessibility, like drawing tools and text-to-speech.

Bottom Line: Multimedia documentation tools and a customizable grade book help communicate learning and expand both summative and formative assessment.

Even if teachers are required to use a specific learning management system or grade book, the FreshGrade Classic dashboard and reporting tools could help create a more comprehensive view of student achievement. Teachers can use FreshGrade to keep track of grades, monitor student progress and mastery of concepts, document daily classroom activities, and communicate with students and parents. Assigning activities that spark student curiosity and give meaningful feedback encourages growth and self-reflection. Plus, different types of assessment increase the chances that students will view learning as a work in progress rather than doing something simply to get a good grade. It's also a great way to keep channels of parent communication open. Snapshots of daily work coupled with the ability to see progress over time give parents a more comprehensive picture of their child's learning.

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FreshGrade Classic is an app- and web-based portfolio platform that helps teachers and students easily capture, document, and communicate student learning. A combination of a grading program, a portfolio site, and a learning management system (LMS), it enables educators to create standards-based assignments, monitor student progress, and provide feedback or grades. Teachers can choose from a variety of assessment tools, including effort, learning progression, mastery, anecdotal notes, and conventional grades. While working on the activities, teachers and students can use their mobile device to capture photos, video, audio recordings, and other notes. This data can be linked to individual students, groups, or the entire class. Students can review the teacher-collected data and comment on it, and they can assemble the information into a digital portfolio to document learning.

It can also generate progress reports or summary reports, and teachers have access to extensive data via the dashboard. Teachers can use push notifications to share information with parents and students, and classroom announcements can also be pushed out to families. Parents can view their own child's portfolio and leave comments. Separate versions of the mobile app are available to serve teachers, parents, and students. The tool's developers heavily promote its ease of use, and it's definitely highly usable for teachers; students may struggle a bit, but with some coaching, they'll get the hang of it.

FreshGrade Classic enables teachers to easily assess student learning and provide instant feedback. Students almost always benefit when offered the opportunity to get timely feedback and reflect on it. Students, teachers, and parents can enter into meaningful dialogue based on photos, video, and audio, and teachers can work with students to curate and add their own work to the portfolios. Selecting pieces to add to their portfolios and reflecting on these pieces can help improve self-evaluations. These student-created portfolios provide a sound basis for student-led conferences; they also help students set goals and track progress.

The student experience would benefit from more built-in tools for creation, such as voice recordings, drawing capabilities, and perhaps a text-to-speech feature for developing readers or students who have a visual impairment. For teachers already required to use a grading platform or more robust LMS, it may create more work and duplicate efforts teachers are already putting in elsewhere. Still, this is a great way to visually capture, monitor, and share student progress.

Overall Rating

Engagement

Makes the often tedious task of documenting student learning easier. Teachers can share engaging multimedia data with students and parents, and all can comment and reflect on learning.

Pedagogy

Students curate unique digital portfolios using video, audio, image, and text, creating powerful learning opportunities and giving parents a window into the classroom.

Support

The site includes an up-to-date blog, FAQs, professional learning courses, ebooks, and case studies. Additional accessibility features, such as text-to-speech and drawing features, would aid students.


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Marianne Rogowski Media specialist/librarian

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Gaila S. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Interactive and Collaborative, A View Into Real-Time Student Learning
FreshGrade is an excellent choice for an eportfolio. It combines collaboration with meaningful communication. It is also free to use and user friendly with great tech help. However, I do wish they would figure out a way around needing an email address to be able to link with portfolios. Not all parents of my students have an email account at this time...
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Data Safety
How safe is this product?
Users can interact with trusted users and/or students.
Users can interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
Profile information is shared for social interactions.
Data Rights
What rights do I have to the data?
Opt-in consent is requested from users at the time personal information is collected.
Users can control their information through privacy settings.
Users can create or upload content.
Ads & Tracking
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Data are not shared for third-party advertising and/or marketing.
Traditional or contextual advertisements are displayed.
Behavioral or targeted advertising is not displayed.

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