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I’ve really been loving Fresh Grade in my classroom.
Backing up a bit, I decided with my sponsor that it would be awesome for me to start using Fresh Grade in the classroom. The first time I used it, I documented their work on a journal I had them do. It was called “How to be a good friend”. After my students drew a picture, and wrote about what a good friend is to them, I had them keep their books open on their desks before they went out for recess. I stayed in, and with the class iPad, I uploaded their pictures onto the app! The moment I submitted each student, the parents get a notification and, depending if they have the app or not, can check moments later to see what you posted. Parents can also check on a desktop computer at their leisure.
I was talking to a teacher at the school who uses Fresh Grade, and she admitted that it can be pretty funny sometimes. Fresh Grade has a feature where, as the teacher, you can see how many views the parents give a piece of work, or comment that you submit. She noticed that some parents, after getting a notification that something was added to their child’s account, would view a single artwork, or piece of writing hundreds of times!
Although funny, and somewhat questionable, it shows that parents care to see their child’s work in most cases! Can you imagine the accessibility of showing your family, friends, and coworkers what your child did so well at in school? I think thats pretty neat, and gets parents involved with little effort on their part – just what they want!
Fresh Grade is so helpful!
Thanks for reading!
Welcome back to my blog. We’re going to be exploring the different tabs in FreshGrade today. To start off, go to the FreshGrade website.
Next step, click on “Log in” (top right hand corner), and click on the teacher log in option. You should be directed to a page which asks for your info. Once you’ve given your log in info, you should be on your version of this page!
Lets go ahead and click on “Gradebook”
The gradebook is a section for you to add activities that you did with your classroom, and give a grade for each individual student. When this information is added, you can accompany the grade with a photo (there’s an online app for that!), and a note to the parent about progress if you choose to do so. In my practicum, I’ve uploaded students work through my sponsor’s gradebook. The moment you post it (after parents have been invited to the page), the parents will be notified and can see what you posted. It is important to only post pictures and grades for individual students. Parents can only see the information you add into their child’s name.
Learn all about it, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2mcPTGj-3g
Don’t forget to check out the Fresh Grade App!
The Pro-D that I attended taught us first about the art of logging in. At my practicum school, every teacher was recently set up with an account which is managed through their SD68 login, although it still proved difficult for some, so I figure I’ll outline what I learned in case you are just starting out.
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Hopefully you’re not lost yet!
So if you’re anything like me, you’re probably wanting to dig deep into this website and figure out what it’s all about – without paying for a trial or full version. You really just want free stuff. Thankfully for you- FreshGrade has a FREE option (yes, you heard me right).
The only thing you need to start is to click “SIGN UP” , as pictured above.
Next, you’ll be sent to a sign up page. You’ll need to enter your e-mail address of choice into the top box, followed by a password in the bottom box. You’ll get an e-mail to verify your account shortly after. click on the “Create Free Account” to move onto the next step. Ignore the bottom bit that asks if you are looking for parent or student access. This is mainly for people who already have accounts set up by a teacher. 🙂
Ok, now it’s getting real! You’re on your way to being the best FreshGrade Pro out there. (Second to me , of course)
Add in your name, name of your class, and grades in your “class”. No need to overthink, just write in whatever you want. Heck, I named mine “Ms.Holcomb’s Dancing Monkeys”.
Okay. This next part we are going to skip, by pressing “Not Now”. The reason we are skipping is because we are not going to connect to a school. Unfortunately, “Ms.Holcomb’s Dancing Monkeys” is not actually a real thing, and if it were, I’m sure that most school’s wouldn’t want to be connected to something like that. Moving on..
You did it! Click on “Set up Student List” to move on..
This is where your class list would show up if you were signed up through your school if you were a staff member. At the Pro-D I attended, when teachers first logged on with their SD68 accounts, all of this information was added in for them. You can explore this section yourself, by adding in a First, Last, and Grade for a made up student of your choice. For a multitude of names, you have the option to past a list of student names (to save from typing in each name individually if you were to set up your own class.
One important note about FreshGrade, is that the blue “FreshGrade” button at the top left corner essentially takes you back to your “Home Screen” (called “Dashboard” on the site). Click on this to take you back to the home screen when you’ve been in other tabs.
I hope this virtual high-five encourages you to come back for more! Next time, I’ll start to explore the different tabs with you! Feel free to comment and ask questions as you please! See you next time 🙂
For my inquiry project I struggled to figure out what it was the I truly wanted to learn about and become invested in. On October 6th, My practicum school was hosting a Pro-D with it’s focus on FreshGrade. Suddenly I knew that this was something I would love to continue learning about, so I took down as many notes as I could, and continue to seek out new information. In my blog, I am going to enlighten you on how FreshGrade can be a welcomed tool, even though it seems daunting at first. Learn with me, and hopefully you can take something with you from my project! Click here to see what I’m talking about!