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Case Studies for FreshGrade

In EdSurge Case Studies, educators share their real-life experiences with edtech in their schools and classrooms.
Stephanie, @st0bin
Grade 4 Teacher, SD23, Other / None of the Above (I work outside of the United States)
Bring your own devices (BYOD)

Traditional report cards no longer match the new direction schools are taking to prepare our children for a 21rst Century world.

Aug 31, 2016· Provide Feedback
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Robyn Thiessen, @robynthissen
Teacher, School District #36-Surrey, Other / None of the Above (I work outside of the United States)
1:1 devices, Blended learning classroom, and High ELL population

After working with primary age students for many years, I was given the opportunity to move into a grade 4/5 combination class to work with students just a bit older than I was used to. One of the main things that I observed was the shift in student mentality from working to learn to working to earn(letter grades). I was frustrated in this shift of thinking and began to explore alternate forms of recording and communicating student learning. When I discovered Freshgrade, I was better able to design learning opportunities for my students without attaching letter grades. Students were able to document their learning and record their thinking digitally. Parents were able to view their child's work and have meaningful conversations with their children about learning and school.

Aug 15, 2016· Provide Feedback
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Michele, @MGreenehansen
Secondary FSL Teacher Grades 9 to 12, Greene-Hansen, Other / None of the Above (I work outside of the United States)
1:1 devices

Students were not taking responsibility for their own learning in my French second-language classroom. They claimed that they didn't understand the material; didn't know what materials or activities we had done that would help them; and would then give up and not try. So no learning took place. I needed a way to show students what they had and had not completed in order to master the new material and have them be accountable for their work. They needed a tangible way to see how completing the formative activities leading up to the summative activity would improve their understanding of the material. I also needed a way to communicate with parents to let them know how their child was doing and what he or she was doing.

Aug 10, 2016· Provide Feedback
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Cari, @kayakcari
Teacher / District Digital Support Specialist, SD 45 West Vancouver, Other / None of the Above (I work outside of the United States)
1:1 devices, Bring your own devices (BYOD), Project-based classroom, and High ELL population

I teach Grade 7 French and often have my students do oral presentations. I find it very hard to evaluate the presentations while I am watching/listening to them and I dislike using class time to have all the other students watch each presentation. In addition, I always feel badly for working parents who can rarely get to school to watch their child's presentation.

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Silvia, @mszanatta
Grade 7 Teacher, SD36, Other / None of the Above (I work outside of the United States)
Bring your own devices (BYOD), Project-based classroom, Special education students, High ELL population, and Low income population

Making learning more meaningful for students, and getting parents to be more engaged. Also, finding a more effective way to report progress that allowed for real progress.

Aug 9, 2016· Provide Feedback
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Anonymous
Kindergarten teacher, Other / None of the Above (I work outside of the United States)
Special education students and High ELL population

I was trying to improve communication with parents of students in my classroom.

Aug 6, 2016· Provide Feedback
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James, @jmcconville1000
Middle School Teacher, Coquitlam School District, Other / None of the Above (I work outside of the United States)
1:1 devices, Bring your own devices (BYOD), Project-based classroom, and Blended learning classroom

As a teacher, I have always valued student portfolios. For me, ideally, portfolios are a place where students create a multimedia rich story of their learning. They can showcase their highlights along with areas of growth. Students and their parents can view and reflect on work and experiences in the classroom and beyond. Learning over a school year or many years can showcase the growth and development of a learner.
While there are plenty of educational reasons to develop portfolios, it can take a lot of time and effort to create something of quality. This past year I tried out a new platform called FreshGrade. It has been an excellent overall experience with great feedback from students and parents.

Aug 5, 2016· Provide Feedback
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Anonymous
High School Art Teacher, Massachusetts
1:1 devices, Bring your own devices (BYOD), Project-based classroom, and Blended learning classroom

Finding an place to have students upload their work, where I could give feedback and students would have a portfolio of their work. I wasn't looking for a traditional grading system as I do not assign points or average grades. Students conference with me about their learning, so I needed a place where they could collect evidence of their learning/understanding.

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Sarah, MrsBaxter55
kindergarten teacher, Surrey School District, Other / None of the Above (I work outside of the United States)
High ELL population and Low income population

I was writing regular learning stories for each child and it was taking copious amounts of time after working hours. I wanted to ensure each child was able to bring home photos and evidence of their learning in the classroom. I have a very play-based program and I wanted to ensure that the parents knew how much learning occurs with the absence of worksheets and rote activities.
This program has allowed me to open my classroom to my families with constant documentation of learning, sharing photos of successes, big and small, and setting goals with student involvement! I am able to document and send in the moment! Students help me take photos, they also choose moments that they feel represent their learning that they want to celebrate too! The program allows my students and families to know exactly where they are at and what they need to work on. I love how transparent it allows my teaching to be!

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