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Matthew Renwick in classroom with students

Matthew Renwick has been working in public education for seventeen years. He started as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in a country school outside of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. After seven years of teaching, Matthew served as a dean of students at a junior high school, which evolved into an assistant principal role along with […]

Gradebookupdate Blog 1

You asked. We listened. Our amazing users provide us incredible feedback and we’ve had a lot of requests since releasing our Gradebook on the web app. We’ve taken that feedback and improved the Gradebook significantly; offering greater control and customization educators need. When we first built the Gradebook we offered eight different assessment tools. We heard from educators […]

Twitter Chat Featured Image

Every second Tuesday, leading educators host a conversation on Twitter about how to enable to evolution of education using the hashtag #FGChat.  Check out the #FGChat schedule, read up on the archives and apply to be a moderator here. Big thanks to this week’s leading educators who moderated #FGChat on Making Learning Visible: Michelle Hiebert […]

Lane Merrifield Tedxwestvancouver

FreshGrade co-founder and CEO Lane Merrifield delivered his talk “The Future of Education is Ready” to the audience of TEDxWestVancouverEd. Lane takes us through his motivations of moving from Entertainment to Education after selling the tremendously popular Club Penguin to Disney Interactive. Lane shares his vision and passion for enhancing education using technology. We’re ready. Are you?

Student colouring

When I was teaching eighth grade language arts about 20 years ago, the principal joined our department meeting one evening and announced a new initiative that she claimed would transform teaching and learning. I perked up, eager to know more about this revolutionary idea. “We are moving to portfolio assessment,” she said. I smiled and nodded […]

Radio CBC / CBC Radio

FreshGrade Co-Founder & CEO, Lane Merrifield, talks with CBC Radio West’s Host, Rebecca Zandbergen. How much do parents really know about what happens inside the classroom? Rebecca speaks with FreshGrade Co-Founder & CEO, Lane Merrifield, about the software that is helping parents get a first hand look at their child’s school day. Click here to listen […]

Announce Blog Feature

Class Announcements & Notifications Have you wanted to send out a reminder, but haven’t wanted it to appear as a post on the portfolio? This new feature allows you to send important reminders to students and/or parents, outside the portfolios. You’ll also be able to see who opened or viewed the announcement. You can create and […]

Parent Involvement

Did you know that students with parents who are involved in their schooling have fewer behavioral problems, better academics, and are more likely to complete high school than those with parents who aren’t involved? Unfortunately, a survey by the Phoenix College of Education found that 76 percent of 1,000 teachers polled said less than half […]

Blog F Techf

One image that has been forever imprinted in my mind is that of my mother, sitting at the kitchen table, amidst a mass of papers. Stacks of folders, neatly organized into piles, stood towering around her. Despite the volume, she was focused and there was an obvious system – evidence that this scene had unfolded […]

Blog Student Reading

“Parents often begin their participation doubting that their involvement can make much difference, and they are generally very gratified to discover what an important contribution they are able to make.”—Parent Involvement in Education (PIE) Parents don’t need to be head of the PTA to get involved in their students’ schooling. Something as simple as asking […]



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