Showing posts with label FreshGrade. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FreshGrade. Show all posts

Monday, May 13, 2019

5 Good Options for Making Digital Portfolios

In yesterday's Practical Ed Tech post I mentioned that if you have been using a service like SeeSaw all year to have students create digital portfolios, it is relatively easy to have students create an end-of-year showcase of their best work. Of course, SeeSaw isn't the only way to create a digital portfolio. Here's are my five go-to recommendations for creating digital portfolios.

Google Sites
For students that have G Suite for Education accounts, Google Sites offers a convenient way to create a digital portfolio. Students can import documents, slides, videos, and just about anything else stored in their Google Drives into pages in Google Sites. In the following video I demonstrate how to create the first pages of your first Google Sites website.



SeeSaw
As mentioned in the opening, SeeSaw is a great tool for making a digital portfolio. It is accessible to students of all ages including those who don't have email addresses. You can have students sign into SeeSaw via student codes and or QR codes. Students can select the items that they want to include in their portfolios. You can view all of your students' portfolio items from one page. Get a big picture overview of SeeSaw by watching the following video.



ClassDojo Portfolios
ClassDojo is best known for its behavior and habits tracking tools. Over the last couple of years ClassDojo has made an effort to be more than just a behavior tracker. Last June ClassDojo introduced a portfolio tool. ClassDojo Portfolios let students select the items that they want to include in the portfolios they build to share with you and their parents.



Weebly for Education
Weebly for Education is the free website creation tool offered by Weebly. Weebly for Education lets you create and manage student accounts. Students can use those accounts to create websites in which they showcase examples of their best work. Here's a quick guide to getting started on Weebly for Education.



FreshGrade
FreshGrade is a digital portfolio service that enables teachers and students to create portfolios containing video and audio files, pictures, and text files. Teachers using FreshGrade can create and manage accounts for their students. From their dashboards teachers can assign tasks to students and see the work that students complete. A nice end-of-the-year aspect of FreshGrade is the option to create a "video yearbook" of up to ten highlights of a student’s portfolio. That video slideshow can be shared directly to parents.

On a related note, you may be interested in exploring this rubric for digital portfolio assessment.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

FreshGrade Offers Free Webinars About Digital Portfolios

FreshGrade is a digital portfolio platform that has quickly risen in popularity over the last eighteen months. The learning slideshow feature in FreshGrade is one of the many features that has helped it become popular amongst teachers and students.

FreshGrade is offering a series of free webinars to help teachers learn more about creating and using digital portfolios in the new school year. Obviously, the webinars will feature the tools in FreshGrade, but some of the concepts in the first two webinars could be applied to just about any digital portfolio tool. The first two webinars are already available to watch on demand. The rest of the webinars start next week. To watch the recorded webinars just visit this page, select a webinar, then complete the registration and the recording will be available to you almost instantly.

To learn about other digital portfolio tools, check out my free guide to digital portfolios

Saturday, May 21, 2016

FreshGrade Helps You Quickly Create Video Slideshows of Your Students' Best Work

While I was preparing my handout on digital portfolios I noticed a cool feature in FreshGrade that is perfect for the end of the school year. In your FreshGrade account you can quickly create video slideshows highlighting your students' best work. To do this simply sign into your FreshGrade account then under the reporting tab select create learning slideshow. Then to create the learning slideshow choose a student's name, choose up to ten images, and then the video slideshow is created for you much like the way that an Animoto video slideshow is created.

Applications for Education
FreshGrade's learning slideshows can be shared directly with your students' parents. This could be a great way to send home a positive note to parents at the end of the school year.

Disclosure: FreshGrade is currently running an advertising campaign on FreeTech4Teachers.com

Sunday, March 20, 2016

FreshGrade Now Offers an Android App for Teachers

FreshGrade is a free digital portfolio service that launched last year and has quickly become popular in some schools. The service allows teachers and students to create portfolios containing video and audio files, pictures, and text files. Recently, FreshGrade introduced an Android app for teachers.

FreshGrade's Android app for teachers essentially brings all of the core features of FreshGrade to the Android platform. Teachers can use FreshGrade's Android app to snap pictures of students' work and upload it to a portfolio. Teachers can also use the app to add notes to a portfolio. Through the app teachers can invite parents to view a portfolio.

Applications for Education
In addition to the teacher app, FreshGrade offers Android and iOS apps specifically for students and their parents. Through the apps students can add content to their portfolios and parents can view their students' work.

Come to the Practical Ed Tech BYOD Camp this summer and learn how to design and build digital portfolios with tools like FreshGrade and others. Discounted early registration is available now. Discounted group registration is also available now. Click here for more information.