March 03, 2015 16:00 ET

FreshGrade Releases New iPad App Bringing Better Collaboration to the Classroom

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 3, 2015) -

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Leading education technology company, FreshGrade, announced today it has released a new iPad app, to round out their suite of mobile offerings.

Leaders in education are challenging traditional report cards and parent communication tactics that have been used for decades. FreshGrade is giving teachers a new and efficient way to capture, document and communicate learning that can be shared with parents in real-time. "Right now, report cards are a periodic event that provides limited insight into the progress of a child's learning; the work that the teacher does to support that child; or context for why the specific grade was given," says FreshGrade CEO, Lane Merrifield. "Our goal is to provide more meaningful information in real-time rather than at the end of each term."

FreshGrade allows:

  • Teachers and students to capture learning moments in the classroom through video, audio, pictures and anecdotal notes.
  • Teachers to make formal or informal assessments and post to secure digital portfolios for each student.
  • Parents and students to comment on portfolio activity and collaborate with the teacher.

For older grades, teachers can also set assignments for the students and have them document their own learning, upload files and make self-reflections through the dedicated student app. These flipped classroom capabilities are particularly useful for reducing workload for secondary teachers that have multiple classes.

FreshGrade is cementing itself in classrooms across North America, Australia and the United Kingdom as the accessible alternative to traditional report cards. Teachers are able to use FreshGrade for free by signing up for the new app, which is available in the Apple App Store, or by visiting

About FreshGrade

FreshGrade was founded in 2011 by Lane Merrifield, Steve Wandler and Mark Payne, and is headquartered in Kelowna, British Columbia. Designed in collaboration with teachers and parents, FreshGrade is opening a window into the classroom, showcasing the effort that goes into supporting a student and providing examples of learning that couldn't otherwise be communicated through traditional report cards and letter grades. FreshGrade was named among edSurge's Top S'Cool Tools for Q2 2014 in June 2014. Learn more at or follow FreshGrade on Twitter at @FreshGrade.

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