Freckle by Renaissance vs. Schoology Learning

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Freckle by Renaissance
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Freckle’s differentiation platform is designed to makes it easy for teachers to reach each student at their own individual level—without having to spend extra time preparing many different lessons every day. The Freckle platform was designed by Freckle Education in San Francisco, and was acquired and is now supported by Renaissance Learning (acquired May 2019).N/A
Schoology Learning
Score 9.3 out of 10
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Schoology aims to combine as many parts of the learning process as possible into a single platform for K-12 students. By doing this they aim to simplify the learning experience for students, parents, and teachers.N/A
Pricing
Freckle by RenaissanceSchoology Learning
Editions & Modules
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Schoology Basic
Free
Schoology Enterprise
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Freckle by RenaissanceSchoology Learning
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Freckle by RenaissanceSchoology Learning
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Features
Freckle by RenaissanceSchoology Learning
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Freckle by Renaissance
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Ratings
Schoology Learning
7.2
40 Ratings
13% below category average
Course authoring00 Ratings7.438 Ratings
Course catalog or library00 Ratings7.827 Ratings
Player/Portal00 Ratings8.029 Ratings
Learning content00 Ratings8.733 Ratings
Mobile friendly00 Ratings6.638 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications00 Ratings7.334 Ratings
Assignments00 Ratings6.640 Ratings
Compliance management00 Ratings7.623 Ratings
Learning administration00 Ratings7.333 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics00 Ratings5.937 Ratings
Social learning00 Ratings6.035 Ratings
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User Ratings
Freckle by RenaissanceSchoology Learning
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(15 ratings)
6.5
(113 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(3 ratings)
4.5
(6 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(1 ratings)
4.4
(9 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
6.4
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(3 ratings)
1.0
(9 ratings)
Online Training
9.1
(1 ratings)
4.5
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
1.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(1 ratings)
3.6
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Freckle by RenaissanceSchoology Learning
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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PowerSchool Group LLC
Schoology does the job well enough, but there are enough areas of contention that make advanced use of the system unwieldy. District staff does not have easy reporting ability to determine adoption and use of the platform without having to export to another program for analysis. The reliability of the system is a huge pain point as we need to deliver the curriculum but cannot count on it being available when we need to use it.
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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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PowerSchool Group LLC
  • Assessments - Much more interactive and have more grading options than Google Forms
  • Auto-rostering - We are able to use Infinite Campus to automatically roster classes and there are no extra steps
  • Family/Guardian access - Schoology allows families to have a sign in and see student grades & work.
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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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PowerSchool Group LLC
  • While this product constantly seeks to make improvements, certain features need tweaking. As educators enroll in various courses, these course tend to accumulate. If the educator is not an administrator of the course, it is next to impossible to get out.
  • Switching from one course/group to another course/group takes several steps. Not always easy to find the course/group needed.
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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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PowerSchool Group LLC
While we have taken time to re-evaluate our selected 1:1 devices, Schoology's impact on student learning is unquestioned. Students are able to connect with other learners, create and share products of their learning, and develop their digital fluency through their use of Schoology.
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Usability
Renaissance Learning
user friendly
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PowerSchool Group LLC
It's very easy to use Schoology. As with any LMS, it helps to learn some tips and tricks prior to getting started. But, each item is clearly indicated within the platform. If I want to add materials, it is right at the top of my screen. If I want to view the calendar, it is indicated to the right of my screen. Navigating a course and the platform is quite straightforward. Additionally, the benefit of Schoology's help center and user community makes asking and answering questions quick and easy.
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Reliability and Availability
Renaissance Learning
No answers on this topic
PowerSchool Group LLC
Generally good, but issue self-reporting has become a problem. When there are issues, it can be 20 minutes to an hour before it gets noted on the status page
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Performance
Renaissance Learning
No answers on this topic
PowerSchool Group LLC
Course saves or transfers can take several minutes and up to an hour
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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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PowerSchool Group LLC
We have county-level support and district-level support, but their HELP page offers everything that is needed to answer questions and to find "how-to" information for staff. This includes video and written directions for every available feature. Schoology has also worked with our district to improve their product.
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In-Person Training
Renaissance Learning
No answers on this topic
PowerSchool Group LLC
Too surface level with no follow-up. A
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Online Training
Renaissance Learning
No answers on this topic
PowerSchool Group LLC
Sit and get with very little hands-on time. 5 minutes to try out a feature/question type, etc. is not enough time. Once your training is done, there is no option for new employees to get that training without having to rebook and pay for the training again. If you pay for basic training, that should be available to a district to use in the future.
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Alternatives Considered
Renaissance Learning
We use Freckle because we are already using Renaissance for accelerated reading. These two programs compliment each other. The students are able to go back and forth between programs very easily. This makes my job as a teacher so much easier. When students are comfortable with a program, they become more independent. This builds much needed confidence.
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PowerSchool Group LLC
I have taught using both Edmodo and Google Classroom. While both were easier than Schoology was to get in the beginning, Schoology is infinitely more powerful than either of them was. I can do so much more, and differentiate so much easier using Schoology than I could with either of my previous LMSs.
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Scalability
Renaissance Learning
No answers on this topic
PowerSchool Group LLC
We use it 5-12 so scalability is not an issue but sharing materials between departments including common assessments is difficult without paying for add-on features
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Return on Investment
Renaissance Learning
  • I used Freckle in the free version and was very pleased with the opportunities it offered my students and the engagement is achieved.
  • I currently use Freckle premium and continue to enjoy the benefits that Freckle provides to my student's growth, more so it now provides weekly reports and other analytical reports to support students.
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PowerSchool Group LLC
  • Using Schoology to build a foundation for a blended learning model has helped increase my students ABC rate between 15-20% in all classes!
  • Using Schoology is forcing my students to become responsible for their own learning!
  • The only negative thing I have encountered is the students resistance to change!
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ScreenShots

Schoology Learning Screenshots

Screenshot of Example of Schoology’s course dashboard.