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How and when should I get started with Freckle for the first time?

A lot of teachers ask us when they should start using Freckle with their pupils, and there is one simple answer: whenever you feel that your pupils could benefit from more targeted independent practice. Freckle is a program that accurately isolates skills and gaps with every pupil—then it fills the gaps and builds on the strengths, allowing pupils to grow into extraordinary mathematicians and readers.

Signing up for a teacher account

  1. Go to classroom.freckle.com

    In order to sign up for a teacher account on the computer, go to classroom.freckle.com. Fill out the information required or sign in using Google. We suggest using your school email address when signing up for a teacher account.

    The Create a Teacher Account form, where you can sign up with Google or with your first name, last name and email.
  2. Personalise Freckle

    Once you have created an account, you will be asked to input what year you teach. If you are not a teacher, select I am not a teacher on the lower-left. side. This will skip you ahead to step 5.

    One of the personalisation screens; the user can say what their role is at the school and which years and subjects they are interested in.
  3. Explore the Pupil Experience

    Once you have input your year, you will see a few screens explaining that you are going to first explore the pupil experience. Pupils love Freckle and we want you to see why.

    After the informational screens, you will be taken to the pupil experience and automatically signed in as a pupil. Feel free to explore the pupil experience. Take a baseline, answer some questions and see how your pupils will use Freckle.

    A home page for a pupil in a lower year, with links to subjects, assignments and an accounting of their coin balance.
  4. Go to the Teacher App

    Once you are done exploring the pupil experience, select Go to the Teacher App at the top of the screen. This will sign you back into your teacher account.

  5. Select your school affiliation

    Once you have signed back into your teacher account, you will be logged in to your teacher home where you will need to select your school affiliation. Note that if you do not teach at a school or are not located in the United Kingdom, select one of those options in the initial drop-down menu.

    Once input your school's Postcode, you will see a list of school options—select your school from the available options.
  6. Add pupils to your class list

    Select Class List in the left navigation bar. Then select Add Pupils on the page that follows:



    You will be prompted to add all pupils in that class. You can even set pupils' default language to English or Spanish. Repeat this process for all other pupils in your class.

    A pop-up window where pupils' names, years and language spoken are entered. The Continue and Cancel buttons are at the bottom.
  7. Assign Maths practice to your pupils

    Select Assign Maths to try assigning objectives-based targeted practice, adaptive practice or benchmark assessments to your pupils. (Learn more about maths tasks here.)
  8. Browse through sample reports under "Maths reports" on the left navigation bar that you will be able to access once your pupils start practising on Freckle. These reports allow you to see different types of pupil data in various forms. They will help you stay informed about pupil progress and mastery.

Having Pupils Use Freckle for the First Time

  1. Make sure that all pupils are added to your class list

    In order to add pupils to your class list, log into your teacher account, select Manage Class Lists and then select Add a Pupil at the bottom of the class list to enter in your class list.

    1. Enter each pupil's first name, surname and year.
    2. Select English or Spanish as the default language for each pupil.
    3. When pupils log in to work on Freckle, they will use their first name, surname and the class code (available on the top of your teacher home). Create a pupil account for yourself (which you can delete later) so that you can demonstrate how to log on and take the diagnostics.
  2. Complete a technology check.

    Go to http://techcheck.freckle.com/ to see if your system is set up to run Freckle correctly.
  3. Explain Freckle to Pupils

    Right before your class uses Freckle for the first time, it is important to explain to them what Freckle is, why the class is using it and how it works. Pupils can greatly benefit from a live demonstration and walk through where the teacher uses the program on a projected screen, stopping to point out key features. Below is a sample script you can follow when introducing Freckle for the first time.

    Okay class, today we are going to begin using a new program called Freckle. Freckle is a program that is used to practise maths, and it might be very different than a lot of the practice you have done before. Instead of having everyone in the class practise the same skills, Freckle is able to understand both what you are good at and where you need extra help. It then will give you questions that help you improve and grow. It is very important that you try your hardest while working on Freckle in order to get the most out of the program.

    While you are working on Freckle, there are times where you might get stuck and have difficulty answering a problem. Do not worry, that is to be expected. The program has lots of different tools that you can use to help you figure out how to solve the problem so you can move on to the next level.

    When you answer a question correctly on Freckle, you earn a certain number of coins. There is a class leaderboard that shows the top five pupils in the class—and how many coins each of them has. Since everyone is working on questions that are at a level that is just right for them, all pupils have an equal chance of ending up on the leaderboard. Just work hard, try your best and you may see your name on top!

    Now, I want to go over some of the features of Freckle so that you understand how to use it best. I expect that everyone pays attention to the board and keeps their hands off the iPads and/or computers. I will start by logging onto a pupil account I made.

    Teacher displays the following on the board to demonstrate maths practice:

    1. Signing in to your pupil account—make sure to have the class code displayed on the board
    2. Selecting Maths
    3. Selecting the different domains—pick the one that your class will begin with
    4. Taking the diagnostic test (Note: diagnostic not included for Year 1)—make sure to miss most of the questions and go through quickly so that the diagnostic demonstration does not take long
    5. Practising within that domain—show pupils how to:

      • watch a video for support,
      • have the question read aloud,
      • use the virtual manipulatives and
      • use the scratch paper.
      Answer any questions pupils may have before beginning use.
  4. Have pupils get started by going to student.freckle.com (web version) or loading the app on tablets.

    On this page, pupils will use their first name, surname and the class code to log in and begin practice on Freckle.

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  5. Tasks: all maths tasks and generated from the teacher Home.

    A page showing six different maths domains a pupil can choose from to practise on.

Important Notes about Using Freckle

  • Freckle works on iPads, Chromebooks and any computer with the Google Chrome browser. If a computer only has Internet Explorer, download Google Chrome (free) in order to use Freckle.
  • If you have a mix of computers and iPads available, pupils can still use Freckle. It does not matter which device they use, they will practise the same skills, be asked the same questions and all data will be saved regardless.
  • If you only have several devices available, you can use Freckle as a centre or for focused work with a small group. You do not need all pupils to use Freckle at the same time for it to have a positive effect on the class.