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FreshGrade's Awards April, 2019 -EdTech Digest

EdTech Cool Tool Awards

FreshGrade is thrilled to have been selected as the winner of the EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award for Best Communication Solution. The Awards shine a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders and innovative trendsetters across the K-12, Higher Education, and Skills and Workforce sectors.

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FreshGrade in the News Mar 26, 2019 – eSchool News

How we turned around our students’ confidence and scores

Gaila Sanders, a high school English teacher, explains how she uses digital portfolios in her classroom to help students feel more comfortable with trying, failing, and, most importantly, improving.

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FreshGrade's Awards Mar, 2019 – EdTech Digest

Top 100 Influencers in EdTech

Lane Merrifield, FreshGrade co-founder and CEO, was selected as one of the Top 100 Influencers in Edtech. This list recognizes people who are making the world a better place through their work in education technology. Also, FreshGrade was named to its EdTech 1000 Companies Transforming Education! Go to full report.

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FreshGrade in the News Feb 22, 2019 – eSchool News

5 strategies for becoming an effective, present teacher

Cari Wilson, innovation and technology lead teacher at West Vancouver School District, BC, explains how she continually evaluates her instruction to improve her impact on students’ learning.

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FreshGrade's Awards Jan 31, 2019 – Teachers With Apps

TWA Certification Awards

Teachers With Apps Certification Awards was designed to recognize and applaud outstanding developers in the digital education industry. FreshGrade was selected for being exemplary in content, presentation execution and overall user experience.

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FreshGrade in the News Jan 29, 2019 – SmartBrief

Closing the loop

Kathy Rogers, a teacher in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, explains how she promotes feedback-loop-conversations using FreshGrade.

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FreshGrade in the News Jan 01, 2019 – eSchool News

What are your edtech resolutions?

Teachers and administrators share their new year’s goals.

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FreshGrade in the News Jan 01, 2019 – eSchool News

96 edtech predictions for K12 in 2019

Edtech specialists share their thoughts about what will happen in 2019. Lee Wilson, President of FreshGrade, points out a new trend of assessing student performance.

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FreshGrade in the News Dec 20, 2018 – EdScoop

How the growth mindset helped one educator stop teaching to the middle

Peter Briggs, a music teacher in Tacoma, Washington, started to use student digital portfolios to manage and support growth for all skills levels.

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FreshGrade in the News Dec 10, 2018 – The Learning Counsel

FreshGrade Helps Teachers, Parents and Students Converse About Learning

With FreshGrade, educators can capture evidence, give feedback and track progression through standards and custom objectives.

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FreshGrade in the News Dec 06, 2018 – eSchool News

4 things you should know about digital portfolios

Digital portfolios are a great way to help students learn to reflect on their actions and make positive changes.

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FreshGrade in the News Nov 15, 2018 – CBC

Rise of classroom management apps makes hiding your report card obsolete

Apps allow teachers to post assignments, adapt the lesson to individual students and share feedback.

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FreshGrade in the News Oct 13, 2018 – Getting Smart

Active Parent Engagement and the Role of Digital Portfolios

Encouraging parents to comment on their child’s digital portfolio helps reinforce the learning process and increase growth.

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FreshGrade in the News Sep 03, 2018 – Tri-City News

8 things to know for back-to-school in SD43

Around 12,000 Tri-Cities elementary and middle school students are using FreshGrade portfolios that show what they are doing in class with photos, notes and videos uploaded by their teacher.

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FreshGrade in the News Jul 27, 2018 – Tech & Learning

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

FreshGrade announced the upcoming release of FreshGrade for Schools.

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FreshGrade in the News Jul 19, 2018 – Teachers With Apps

FreshGrade — The Portfolio & Assessment Platform that Makes Learning Visible

This application is designed to give teachers the ability to create and individualize assignments for different students’ needs as well as record progress over time.

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FreshGrade in the News Jun 25, 2018 – District Administration

FreshGrade Expands Offering with School-based Platform

FreshGrade for Schools extends portfolio and assessment features while simplifying building-level use of the platform.

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FreshGrade in the News Jun 29, 2018 – eSchool News

More than 40 New Things We Saw at ISTE

FreshGrade‘s portfolio and assessment platform showcases students’ learning artifacts—including videos, pictures, audio recordings, links, and documents.

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Edtech Awards Cool Tool Winner 2018

FreshGrade's Awards Mar, 2018 – EdTech Digest

EdTech Cool Tool Awards

EdTech Digest Awards recognize, acknowledge, honour, and celebrate the biggest names in edtech and newer talents shaping the future of edtech. In 2018, FreshGrade was the Winner of the Cool Tool Awards, being considered the best-personalized learning solution app.

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FreshGrade's Awards Feb 12, 2018 – Credit Donkey

Best in K-12 Education 2018: Top Industry Experts

CreditDonkey Best in K-12 Education Award announced FreshGrade as one of the best educational resources for students. Founded in 2012, FreshGrade was developed by a group of dedicated individuals who saw a better way to communicate a child’s progress at school.

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FreshGrade in the News No Date – The Learning Counsel

A Learning Portfolio Platform that Promotes Student Ownership and Parent Engagement

FreshGrade app captures learning in real-time while encouraging student ownership and increasing parent engagement.

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FreshGrade in the News Jan 24, 2018 – EduTechGuys

Andrea Keith – FETC 2018

The different types of technology tools not only engage parents but also the entire community in what students are learning.

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FreshGrade in the News Jan 16, 2018 – edCircuit

FETC 2018: Expert Strategies to Improve Learning and Leading

Technology use gives students more ways to showcase their learning and demonstrate their understanding.

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FreshGrade in the News Jan 15, 2018 – edCircuit

FETC 2018: EdTech – Thoughts and Strategies

Digital portfolios let students and teachers capture evidence of learning through images, video and audio, and make it much easier to provide visibility into every child’s experiences and achievement.

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FreshGrade in the News Aug 18, 2017 – Sooke News Mirror

Technology increasingly being used to track students progress in SD62

An increasing number of teachers in the Sooke School District are jumping on board with technology as a way of updating parents on a child’s progress on an on-going basis.

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FreshGrade in the News Aug 16, 2017 – edCircuit

FreshGrade Integrates with Google Translate to Enhance Engagement

Google Translate is now integrated into the comment and announcement features within the FreshGrade app for all new and existing school and district partners.

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FreshGrade in the News Aug 06, 2017 – Getting Smart

Engaging Parents to Engage Learners: Digital Portfolios Can Make it Happen

Digital portfolios push updates to parents, connecting them with what is happening in the classroom, and start conversations about learning with their children.

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FreshGrade in the News No Date – The Learning Counsel

How Digital Portfolios Improve Teaching

Combining different assessment tools into a digital portfolio platform, saves teacher’s time, allowing them to engage in professional development, plan an innovative new lesson, and make sure each student learns.

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FreshGrade in the News Aug, 2017 – National School Board Association

Online Only: Digital Portfolio Assessments

Digital portfolios allow educators to combine a traditional approach with ongoing feedback in a way that shifts assessment from a snapshot to an ongoing conversation.

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FreshGrade in the News Jun 13, 2017 – EdTech Digest

To Leap Ahead

Digital portfolios have made it easy for teachers to capture learning and provide personalized feedback on the go.

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FreshGrade in the News May 30, 2017 – Education Week

What Is the Future of the Individualized Education Program?

Digital portfolios and assessment platforms allow teachers to set relevant and individualized goals, capture and share progression in real time with both the student and the parent,and help IEP goals don’t get lost in the day-to-day running of the classroom.

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FreshGrade in the News May 17, 2017 – edCircuit

A Conversation with Chris Besse, President and COO of FreshGrade

FreshGrade is a portfolio and assessment platform designed to make the learning process visible and therefore more accessible to students, teachers and parents.

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FreshGrade in the News No Date – The Learning Counsel

Ditching the Report Card

Technology has been allowing teachers to capture learning and provide feedback on the go, rather than waiting until the end of term to communicate learning via report cards.

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Ready To Rocket

FreshGrade's Awards Mar 03, 2017 – Ready to Rocket

Ready to Rocket ICT List

FreshGrade was selected for the 2017 ICT Ready to Rocket list as a top technology company that is well positioned to capitalize on the largest growth trends in the technology industry. Ready to Rocket is a business recognition program for British Columbia’s tech sector that showcases the Revenue Growth Leaders of Tomorrow.

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FreshGrade in the News Feb 23, 2017 – Connect Charter School

FreshGrade: Commendations, Recommendations & Limitations

FreshGrade provides flexibility in customizing outcomes to include foundational skills and allow for the attachment of specific curricular outcomes to key learning tasks.

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FreshGrade in the News Jan 31, 2017 – Castanet

Principal Principals

Through principal’s leadership, students create e-portfolios that give them personalized, targeted support and three-way parent, teacher and student conversations.

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FreshGrade in the News Jan 11, 2017 – Connect Charter School

FreshGrade: Emphasizing student autonomy, promoting conversation, and developing metacognition

FreshGrade’s chronological portfolio format and ability to create multiple submission options encouraged students to see their individual assessments as snapshots of growth through time.

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Deloitte Companies To Watch Award

FreshGrade's Awards 2016 – Delloite Technology Fast 50™ Awards

Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Companies-to-Watch-Award

Companies-to-Watch Award honours early-stage Canadian technology companies in business for less than four years. FreshGrade was recognized with the award as part of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50™ Awards, for its innovative technology, leadership and early stage growth.

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FreshGrade in the News Dec 15, 2016 – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Quarterly report cards being phased out in Qualicum School District 69

Report cards to track students’ academic progress are being replaced by systems that displays an ongoing input from teachers, students and parents.

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FreshGrade in the News Nov 30, 2016 – Cision

FreshGrade Named One of Canada’s Companies-to-Watch in the 2016 Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ Awards

FreshGrade was recognized with a Companies-to-Watch Award, for its innovative technology, leadership and early stage growth.

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FreshGrade in the News Nov 17, 2016 – Gunnison Country Times

Tracking Growth, Not Grades

Gunnison High School aims to show growth over the course while promoting authentic learning progress, allowing both students and parents to monitor the work performed, and teachers to provide feedback.

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FreshGrade in the News Nov 16, 2016 – Podbean

Parent Communication Apps

Mindy and Jonathan review a number of online sites that are aimed at helping improve classroom communication with parents.

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FreshGrade in the News Nov 15, 2016 – Benzinga

FreshGrade Wins EdTech Business Leader of the Year

The 7th Annual Canadian Ed Tech Leadership Summit has awarded FreshGrade its first ever Ed Tech Business Leader of the Year Award.

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FreshGrade's Awards Nov 03, 2016 – Canadian EdTech Awards

EdTech Business Leader of the Year Award

The 7th Annual Canadian Ed Tech Leadership Summit granted the British Columbia company FreshGrade with the Ed Tech Business Leader of the Year Award. According to FreshGrade CEO Lane Merrifield, the award reflects the hard work of the team, supporters, teachers, parents, educational leaders, and change-makers who are making a difference for students.

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FreshGrade in the News Nov 02, 2016 – Entreprise Record

Apps bring parents inside the classroom

Apps allow parents become more involved with their child’s education and allow teachers to communicate with parents.

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FreshGrade in the News Oct 26, 2016 – CBC

Report Card Makeover

Parents are now expecting to get a more ongoing evaluation about their children through the new app called FreshGrade.

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FreshGrade in the News Oct 23, 2016 – Coast Reporter

Reporting methods could change this year

Five schools on the Sunshine Coast are experimenting with FreshGrade as a replacement for traditional reporting methods.

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FreshGrade in the News Oct 21, 2016 – Betakit

FreshGrade COO Says the Traditional Education System is Starting to Embrace Tech

As technology innovation grows in the education space, several schools are starting to adopt new classroom models.

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FreshGrade in the News Oct 24, 2016 – Huffpost

What did you do in School Today? How FreshGrade is Changing the Legendary Answer

FreshGrade helps parents and teachers to maintain an ongoing communication during the school year, rather than relying on quarterly or semester based report cards alone.

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FreshGrade in the News Oct 20, 2016 – BNN Bloomberg

FreshGrade: The learning disruptor

FreshGrade allows parents to monitor their kids’ progress in real time, changing the traditional learning experience for parents, students and teachers.

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FreshGrade in the News Oct 05, 2016 – The EdTech Round Up

Enabling Teachers. Engaging Parents. Empowering Students.

FreshGrade is a free app for students, teachers, and parents that is designed to give teachers and parents a continuous look at student work and progress through their digital portfolio and gradebook.

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FreshGrade in the News Sep 13, 2016 – North Shore News

Education Minister Explains Changes to Report Cards

Students at Canyon Heights are piloting an app called FreshGrade, which provides a report card with more comments from teachers on key ideas and skills, and fewer letter grades.

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FreshGrade in the News Sep 09, 2016 – Emerging Ed Tech

Decoding the Lack of Parent Engagement with FreshGrade

FreshGrade is a powerful strategy to ignite parental involvement by connecting them in real time through the use of digital portfolios and assessment tools,giving parents a window into the classroom.

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FreshGrade in the News Sep 08, 2016 – Education World

Parent Engagement: 5 Modern Ways to Communicate with Parents

Teachers now have plenty of modern ways to look into better engaging with parents and keep grading for their students.

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FreshGrade in the News Aug 23, 2016 – Fox Business

How FreshGrade is Changing the Traditional Classroom

The co-founders of FreshGrade reveal how technology is blending your child’s progress inside and outside of school.

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FreshGrade in the News Aug 12, 2016 – Common Sense Education

Create a Feedback Loop for Students’ Work with FreshGrade

FreshGrade’s dashboard makes it easy to manage students’ work and offer great feedback, whether teacher works in paperless classroom or is just moving in that direction.

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FreshGrade in the News Aug 18, 2016 – EdSurge

FreshGrade, ScreenCastify, Quizlet Live

A Middle School teacher in British Columbia, Canada, explains how he used FreshGrade to create portfolios, assess students and comunicate with parents.

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FreshGrade in the News Aug 15, 2016 – EdTechTimes

FreshGrade Looks to Boost Parent Engagement in Classroom

FreshGrade is an education resource for teachers, parents, and administrators that mirrors how people communicate and use technology today, opening a window into the classroom to ensure maximum student engagement and progress.

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FreshGrade in the News Aug 08, 2016 – HuffPost

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 38: Ryan Smith and Lane Merrifield

The program examines the DNA of entrepreneurs: what makes them tick, how they came up with their ideas; and explores the habits that make them successful, and the highs and lows that pushed them forward.

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FreshGrade in the News Aug 05, 2016 – Really Good Stuff

Making Home-School Connections Through Technology

A 3rd grade teacher in Monroe, Connecticut, explains how she uses FreshGrade to creates private, individual student portfolios where teachers can post photos, voice recordings, videos, downloads, messages, and grades.

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FreshGrade in the News Aug 01, 2016 – Shaw TV Okanagan

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An educational platform called FreshGrade seems to be a hit at Mar Jok Elementary in West Kelowna.

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FreshGrade in the News Jun 23, 2016 – TVO

Should Ontario schools get rid of paper report cards?

Digital platforms that allow teachers to record, evaluate and share evidence of learning are transforming communication between Ontario homes and schools.

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FreshGrade in the News Jun 15, 2016 – Osoyoos Times

Take-a-Risk grants making world of difference for students, teachers

Teachers in School District 53 are taking a risk in the classroom and it’s making a world of difference for many students.

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FreshGrade in the NewsJun 14, 2016 – Yahoo Finance

This startup wants to transform the way we think of report cards

The Kelowna, B.C.-based education tech startup, offers a web and mobile tool that allows teachers to assign, grade and share students’ work via digital portfolios.

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FreshGrade in the News Jun 09, 2016 – Tri-City News

Freshgrade portfolio tells student stories

FreshGrade, developed by a Kelowna company, is being touted as a “transformative” tool that will make communicating between home and school easier and more meaningful.

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FreshGrade in the News May 26, 2016 – The Daily Courier

Curriculum changes allow for more flexibility, says supt.

Decreasing the number of provincial exams students are required to write, and changing the way they are assessed will allow more flexibility in the classroom.

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FreshGrade in the News May 18, 2016 – District Administration

Portfolios Hold New Promise for Schools

New digital tools let teachers and students assess work more comprehensively.

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FreshGrade in the News May 11, 2016 – The Ed Tech Round Up

FreshGrade raises an additional $11.6 Million to Connect Teachers, Parents and Students

The additional funding will help fuel the success of FreshGrade’s customers and growth for FreshGrade in the U.S.

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FreshGrade in the News Mar 10, 2016 – Coast Reporter

School Briefs — SD46

Five schools in SD46 have been awarded K-12 Innovation Partnership project funding from the Ministry of Education, and will have FreshGrade as a pilot assessment tool.

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Edtech Cool Tool Award 2016

FreshGrade's Awards Mar 15, 2016 – EdTech Digest

EdTech Cool Tool Award

The EdTech Digest Awards acknowledge people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. FreshGrade won the Cool Tool Award 2016 as the best parent/student solution app.

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FreshGrade in the News Mar 15, 2016 – The Journal

Ditch Grades Now, Focus on Student Learning

Teaching without grades, tests and homework is the message from a growing number of educators who are making substantial changes in their classroom practices.

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FreshGrade in the News Mar 06, 2016 – Vernon Morning Star

Exploring Culture with Technology

Students in Aaron Hoffman’s Grade 5/6 class at Okanagan Landing Elementary School explore aboriginal history and culture using technology.

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FreshGrade in the News Mar 02, 2016 – Ottawa Citizen

How Digital Report Cards Are Changing Schooling

Instead of using the old report cards model, teachers, students and parents now can have an ongoing conversation about a student’s learning, much of which takes place online.

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FreshGrade in the News Jan 20, 2016 – Los Altos Town Crier

BCS Uses Digital Portfolio Technology to Improve Communication

The new digital tool implemented at Bullis Charter School, provides parents a window into the classroom and helps create an open dialogue about how students’ work is developing.

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FreshGrade's Awards 2015 – CIO Review Award

CIO 20 Most Promising K-12 Technology Solution Providers

The technology magazine CIO Review evaluated and selected the 20 Most Promising K-12 Technology Solutions Providers in 2015. FreshGrade was awarded for its ability to provide technology solutions that will add value to the entire educational ecosystem.

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FreshGrade in the News Dec 06, 2015 – CIO Review

FreshGrade: Capturing Learning as it Happens

By capturing learning as it happens, FreshGrade brings an evidence based approach which allows teachers, students, and parents to view and share student documentation seamlessly.

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FreshGrade in the News Oct 25, 2015 – The West Australian

Class Project Screened Home

North Cottesloe Primary School kindergarten and pre-primary teacher began testing FreshGrade — a Canadian app which allows teachers to share students’ learning with parents instantly.

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FreshGrade in the News Oct 23, 2015 – Tri-City News

Anmore School Pioneering New Curriculum

A middle school in Anmore may be a model for changes in B.C.’s education system as it pioneers the province’s new curriculum using the latest in technology, flexible classroom spaces and teaching strategies.

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FreshGrade in the News Sep 24, 2015 – CNN Business

Why Teachers Are Ditching Report Cards

Child’s progress is more complex than a single grade. FreshGrade helps to create a private virtual report card for each student, which teachers update throughout the year.

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FreshGrade in the News Sep 11, 2015 – Techvibes

New York Public School Selects FreshGrade for Student Pilot

The platform acts as a connection point to support teachers, engage parents and empower students to bring more visibility and real-time interaction to the process of learning.

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FreshGrade in the News Sep 14, 2015 – CBC Radio West

CBC Radio West Talks with FreshGrade

Fresh Grade founder Lane Merrifield explains how the software is helping parents get a first hand look at their child’s school day.

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FreshGrade in the News Feb 05, 2015 – Vancouver Sun

BC Report Cards Enter the Age of Social Media

Report cards are entering the social media age as new software called FreshGrade allows real-time sharing and reporting on student progress.

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FreshGrade in the News Aug 19, 2014 – Kelowna Now

FreshGrade Continues to Make Strides in Education Technology

FreshGrade, a local education tech company, has received a big financial boost that has co-founder Steve Wandler excited about what’s in store for the future.

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FreshGrade in the News Aug 15, 2014 – Venture Beat

FreshGrade Takes in $4.3M to Get More Teachers to Take Schoolwork Digital

The software is supposed to connect teachers, parents, and students to a network where teachers can organize lesson planning and assessments, and communicate with teachers and students.

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FreshGrade in the News Apr 04, 2014 – The Globe and Mail

Why Some Schools Are Giving Letter Grades a Fail

The Surrey Board of Education pioneered a pilot program eliminating letter grades in several elementary schools. More than 40 classes at 13 elementary and six secondary schools have joined the experiment.

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FreshGrade in the News May 23, 2013 – Fast Company

The Perks and Perils of Launching a Massively Successful Startup

Merrifield discusses the challenges of launching, running, and selling a startup, and finally figuring out how to be an entrepreneur without totally losing your mind.

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FreshGrade in the News No Date – Education World

New App, FreshGrade, Facilitates Real Time Learning Collaboration

FreshGrade, a Learning Collaboration System for teachers, has released a new mobile app that gives teachers more freedom to work in a busy classroom.

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