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259 Ratings
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Score 9 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Google Classroom ranks higher in 1 feature set: Learning Management

Learning Management

8.0

Freckle by Renaissance

80%
8.1

Google Classroom

81%
Google Classroom ranks higher in 8/13 features

Course authoring

7.4
74%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
43 Ratings

Course catalog or library

8.1
81%
7 Ratings
7.8
78%
34 Ratings

Player/Portal

8.1
81%
7 Ratings
8.5
85%
32 Ratings

Learning content

7.9
79%
10 Ratings
8.1
81%
37 Ratings

Mobile friendly

7.8
78%
7 Ratings
8.5
85%
50 Ratings

Progress tracking & certifications

8.9
89%
10 Ratings
7.8
78%
40 Ratings

Assignments

8.9
89%
10 Ratings
8.9
89%
51 Ratings

Compliance management

7.5
75%
3 Ratings
7.9
79%
27 Ratings

Learning administration

8.4
84%
7 Ratings
8.6
86%
39 Ratings

Learning reporting & analytics

8.3
83%
8 Ratings
8.2
82%
36 Ratings

Social learning

7.1
71%
5 Ratings
8.6
86%
45 Ratings

Gamification

7.3
73%
3 Ratings
6.3
63%
4 Ratings

Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning

8.6
86%
2 Ratings
8.0
80%
4 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Freckle by Renaissance is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
  • Google Classroom is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.2

Freckle by Renaissance

82%
10 Ratings
8.6

Google Classroom

86%
72 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Freckle by Renaissance

91%
2 Ratings
1.0

Google Classroom

10%
3 Ratings

Usability

Freckle by Renaissance

N/A
0 Ratings
3.0

Google Classroom

30%
4 Ratings

Availability

Freckle by Renaissance

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Google Classroom

90%
2 Ratings

Performance

Freckle by Renaissance

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Google Classroom

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Freckle by Renaissance

100%
4 Ratings
3.0

Google Classroom

30%
29 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Freckle by Renaissance

N/A
0 Ratings
2.0

Google Classroom

20%
3 Ratings

Product Scalability

Freckle by Renaissance

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Google Classroom

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Renaissance Learning

Freckle is a fantastic online learning platform. I think it works well in multiple learning environments. Last year I used Freckle in a distance learning model and this year on individual iPads in class. I love that it is a quick platform to assess student achievement. I haven't experienced a scenario where Freckle would fail however, lack of access to the internet is always a factor.
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Google

- During the pandemic, the college needs a fast and easy solution to conduct Google Classroom. The integration with Google Accounts and Google Meet allows the university to run and access the Classroom on a large scale. - The teacher wants to conduct some exams in third-party software like Moodle. But we have not found any plugin for this famous open-source learning platform. The exam system in Google Classroom is so poor that it doesn't even fully screen the test when students are writing their exams.
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Pros

Renaissance Learning

  • Freckle does a great job adapting lessons.
  • Freckle does a great job motivating students and participation.
  • Freckle is very interactive with students and teachers to support continued participation.
  • Freckle provides DOK challenge questions that support students' understanding after standards are met.
  • Student inquiry and problem-based questions are also new additions to Freckle that help support led activities.
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Google

  • Student-teacher communication - I love using Classroom for this because my students can always go back and check what was on Classroom by looking through the stream. This way they don't have to go dig through emails to find what they're looking for.
  • Posting to multiple classes - I can post the same announcement or assignment to multiple classes at once without having to repeat the process or send separate emails.
  • Streamlining grading - when students turn work in on Classroom, it all goes to one place and then when I'm grading I can open their documents directly from Classroom or my Drive folder. This way, I'm not looking through emails and Google Doc shared files for their assignment.
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Cons

Renaissance Learning

  • My students get bored with just answering questions the whole time. They complain about having to get on to Freckle.
  • I would like to see open ended or open response questions.
  • I would like for Freckle to be able to assess fluency.
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Google

  • Although usually in the discussion with other LMS apps such as Schoology and Canvas, Google Classroom doesn't possess as in-depth of a platform. There is no ability to set individual learning paths, pace student work with completion settings, or embed other apps directly into teacher-created assignments.
  • The assignment creation options are limited. Teachers can only choose from creating an assignment (usually a link with directions), a material (usually a doc/slide/website, etc), a question, and a quiz.
  • With gamification taking on a new lens in education, there really isn't any way to use gamification elements with Google Classroom. There isn't any way to create Individual learning paths, or use badges and micro-credentials within Classroom. Outside programs would have to be used.
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Pricing Details

Freckle by Renaissance

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Freckle by Renaissance editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Google Classroom

    Starting Price

    $0 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Google Classroom editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Google Workspace for Education Standard31
    Teaching and Learning Upgrade42
    Google Workspace for Education Plus53
    Education Fundamentals04

    Footnotes

    1. per student/per year
    2. per license/per month
    3. per student/per year
    4. per license/per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Education Fundamentals Version - 30-day free trial for qualifying institutions.

    Likelihood to Renew

    Renaissance Learning

    Freckle is an excellent educational tool. The platform supports students and provides them with the opportunity to be successful in mathematics.
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    Google

    Testing is particularly important in online learning, and Google Classroom falls far short of other learning management systems in this regard. Security is also a concern: while account control is reasonable for the account used with Google Classroom, the person controlling a particular account is often able to, for example, forward or download proprietary materials.
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    Usability

    Renaissance Learning

    No answers on this topic

    Google

    This is only a product I would recommend to a humanities teacher. Math and science teachers cannot use this product the same way that I can as an English teacher. It is great for word process and for reading, but unable to handle the demands of math and science. Therefore, I would highly recommend this product to English or Social Studies teachers, but NOT math or science teachers
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    Reliability and Availability

    Renaissance Learning

    No answers on this topic

    Google

    We have had very little trouble in accessing Google Classroom. Our issues, if any, have risen from our server and not the Google servers.
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    Support Rating

    Renaissance Learning

    Such an excellent program that is a hidden gem at no cost for teachers to use with students.
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    Google

    Since this platform is provided by Google, the technical support is better than any others, and we are not required to bother about the space constraints for adding the contents. If we have a good uninterrupted internet facility we can access Google Classroom without any delay or lag. They have app support in both Android and iPhone.
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    Implementation Rating

    Renaissance Learning

    No answers on this topic

    Google

    It was relatively easy to implement due to the simplicity of the platform. Even our more technology challenged teachers found it easy to get started with Google Classroom.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Renaissance Learning

    I think that Freckle is a great supplemental support for students who are working at a K - 3 grade equivalency. The content is better than Moby Max, IXL, and FlashtoPass. However, freckle is very elementary with the look, sounds, incentives, and avatars. It is difficult to get many of our middle school students to "buy-in" to using the program. The content on the site is great. Teachers can pinpoint skills that students need to master. They can also assign problems by domain or specific standards.
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    Google

    I haven't tested or evaluated another digital classroom website or application. I feel like Google Classroom is convenient for many reasons such as compatibility to Google docs, slides, etc. I also love the ability to link to YouTube and other sites. I don't know if there would be a site that is easier to maneuver.
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    Scalability

    Renaissance Learning

    No answers on this topic

    Google

    It is very easy to push out this program across our buildings. Teachers are able to use it without much trouble.
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    Return on Investment

    Renaissance Learning

    • High scores on state tests.
    • 100% of our students made a year's growth in a year's time in math.
    • Students enjoy Freckle math.
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    Google

    • Students are able to continue learning in a remote environment
    • Parents have a single, consistent organization structure to make it easy to track assignments and progress for multiple children
    • Much better solution than the quickly assembled Zoom-and-gloom of the previous spring when school abruptly went remote with no planning
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