How I Use It
I have used FreshGrade portfolios as a platform to document and communicate student learning. For example, to support emergent readers teachers can upload videos of student reading and add their descriptive feedback to support individual goals. Parents have access to the portfolios and find the videos along with the teachers modelling of support, and specific feedback extremely helpful. The ability to provide evidence based assessment in a timely and collaborative platform increased student engagement and improved student learning in my classroom. Students have a voice with FreshGrade and can upload their own evidence of learning and add comments. As a classroom teacher I used FreshGrade in lieu of traditional report cards.
FreshGrade is a tool to document and communicate learning. It is extremely flexible and teachers can use it to suit their particular classroom needs. Although it is difficult to speak to the pedagogy of this tool because it is truly teacher driven, it does provide a space for pedagogical documentation and has the potential to transform teaching and learning through assessment. The portfolio portion where parents, students and teachers can work collaboratively to support individual goals is amazing. Although parent feedback has been very positive I believe their experience will improve when they can filter their view to focus on specific goals or learning areas. Likewise, student feedback has been very positive but would improve if they could filter as the teacher can.