Thoughts on Freshgrade so far..

Hey all,

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!

6 thoughts on “Thoughts on Freshgrade so far..

  1. I also started using Fresh Grade in my K/1 class and at first I was a little nervous to use it because it was this new technology i knew nothing about. Once my sponsor showed me how simple it is to use I used it for every student in my class! In my experience I had my students read a booklet while I took a video of them reading and they had such a good time doing this! I like how this 1) updates the parents and 2) acts as an assessment that I can use for my own record. Have you used the video feature yet? If not you should try it!


  2. My sponsor teacher also uses Fresh Grade as part of her assessment. We have been working with our students to try and upload pieces of work they feel proud of themselves as part of a self-assessment and explaining why they chose it in a video. The class love doing it; and it’s fun seeing which pieces they’ve chosen and why. I’m wondering if your school has difficulties with Fresh Grade? In my practicum school it is always crashing and/or not uploading, and we have to go in all the time and re-upload them. It might be because of the frequency of users on the app at the time, but it doesn’t seem to happen with other schools for some reason. I am going to be taught more about Fresh Grade so I can use it during my long practicum as a way to connect with parents and showcase the wonderful things we have done! Are you finding Fresh Grade hard? From what i’ve seen of it so far at my school, it seems really confusing!


    • Thanks for the comment, Kyla! Yes, Fresh Grade has been crashing a lot lately, but I think they’ve been doing updates to stop it from doing that so often! Fresh grade can be frustrating of you don’t take time to input information and learn about the program. A lot of people think that it is an easy thing to add to your routine, which it can be, however it takes a decent amount of time! In the long run. I think Fresh Grade is worth it, because it does keep all your information together 🙂

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    • Great question! Yes, it’s great that parents are excited! I haven’t come across any who are in opposition of it. More commonly, parents aren’t checking. In the teacher account, you can see all of the parent views. Some parents have not accessed their child’s results/posts etc. even once. It’s important to remember that some parents are unfortunately uninvolved in their child’s school life. That is why it is important not to cease all written feedback and notes to parents. Not all have the time, or want to take the time using Fresh Grade. Sometimes connecting face-to-face, or via planners is the way to go. 🙂


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