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Assessment continues to play an essential role in student learning. Yet it struggles to keep pace with a fast-changing world. The internet has placed knowledge at students’ fingertips. So the focus of curriculum, everywhere, is shifting from an emphasis on factual knowledge to a balance of essential skills, competencies, and conceptual understanding. These changes in [...]
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Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: EdSurge shares four ways to revolutionize your parent teacher conferences with a little help from technology (and super heroes). “When done well, project based learning is a lot like a good novel: It changes a young person’s perspective […]

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At FreshGrade we are often blown away with what district leaders, educators, parents, and students achieve using our suite of apps. We recently sat down with members from the Wolf Creek district, located in Alberta between Calgary and Edmonton. Wolf Creek serves over 7500 students from Kindergarten to 12th Grade with a staff of more than […]

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In the United States, May 8-12 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  As part of the celebration, we are giving away six $50 Amazon Gift Cards as a token of appreciation for all teachers do! You always remember a good teacher, and we want to see the ways you are giving thanks to your favorites. It could be the […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: Research shows that choosing better curriculum and textbooks make a big difference in student achievement. If only doing so were as simple as it sounds. The 74 talks about some of the challenges that go along with this. The […]

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Mathematics is a word that strikes fear in the hearts of many children and adults. Most students enter school eager to learn. Much of their play is mathematical in nature, and they intuitively use and learn new mathematical skills every day. As students get older, many start to shy away from mathematics, saying they are […]

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R. Scott Jeffery, Superintendent of Lakeland School District, Scott Township, PA knows a thing or two about getting extra funds for school programs. As a small district overshadowed by the larger district of Scranton, PA, Jeffery has been innovative in his approach to securing additional resources for his schools. By reaching out to the local […]

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“How was school today, Nicola?” “I only got 16/20 on my math test.” “That’s pretty good.” “I guess so. But Andrea beat me.” “What did she get?” “19/20.” “Well, that’s good reason to study harder before the next test.” “Yeah, sure. What’s for dinner?” Sound familiar? If it does, such conversations reflect a pervasive problem […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: Educators joined thousands of scientists and science-lovers for the March for Science, a rally in support of research, science education, and evidence-based policies. Education Talk Radio’s Larry Jacobs chats with FreshGrade’s own Chris Besse about how digital portfolios are changing education […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: Prep students for the world, not tests. Preparing students for standardized tests is important, but that prep time should be measured in hours, not days or weeks, to avoid student (and teacher) fatigue. Randi Weingarten, president of the […]

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