Edsby Software


 

Edsby’s best-of-breed learning management system (LMS) is designed specifically for K-12 school districts. In addition to district-wide LMS functionality, it includes data aggregation and advanced analytics capabilities.

Edsby provides teachers tools to manage attendance electronically, privately message parents and collaborate with colleagues. Teachers can re-use content—in the course planner, courses and materials are outlined, then can be repurposed as necessary to use again in other classes or subsequent school years.  

The testing and assessment features support summative and formative assessments. Grades are automatically calculated, averaged and recorded, and missed grades and abnormalities are highlighted. Plus, students and parents can view grades once posted and are notified about late assignments.

This Web-based LMS can be customized to align with local district terminology, workflows, report cards and other characteristics. At the same time, it integrates with the school district’s student information system (SIS), directory service, human resources and other systems.

 

Edsby - Parent view
 
  • Edsby - Parent view
    Parent view
  • Edsby - Student dashboard
    Student dashboard
  • Edsby - Built-in gradebook
    Built-in gradebook
  • Edsby - Teacher observations
    Teacher observations
  • Edsby - Find groups
    Find groups
  • Edsby - iOS and Android view
    iOS and Android view
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

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Sharon from Hillsborough County Public Schools
Specialty: K-12 public
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Makes it possible to manage your course and communicate with students and parents easily.

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It would be nice to be able to send messages to selected groups of students within a class. Currently I can only post a message to the entire class on the home page, or send individual email messages to students or families.

Pros

Available online and as an app - very portable.
Prompt customer support.
Email notification when someone has sent a message.

Cons

Grade calculations are sometimes wonky, particularly at the beginning of the marking period.
Messages are forwarded to email, but cannot be answered from there.

 
 

Vanessa from GLNT
Specialty: Healthcare / Medical
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Great software

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It was easy to use. The instruction sheet clearly showed me how to enter data.

 
 

Dan from Hillsborough County School District
Specialty: K-12 public

November 2015

November 2015

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Using Edsby has revolutionized my classroom! I use it to communicate with students and parents. Not only do I use it to organize my students' grades, but I post study guides, review games, photos, rubrics, links and anything I feel might be helpful to my students when they're home. My students use Edsby to "blog" about what we're doing in their classes. They comment on each others' posts and engage in positive, supportive dialogue. I feel like Edsby helps my class become a real community.

Likes Least

The only thing I can think of is the mobile app can be a little buggy at times.

Recommendations

If you are looking for a platform in which teachers, parents and students can communicate about any aspect of the school day, share student progress, provide materials for home study time, then Edsby is worth your consideration.

 
 

Dan from TanenbaumCHAT
Specialty: K-12 private

November 2015

November 2015

Smooth and powerful!

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The ease of use made working with and using Edsby a pleasurable experience.

Likes Least

The issue is one with calculating averages, but I think it is more about how I structure the marks than a problem with Edsby.

Recommendations

Stick with it. It gets better the longer you use it.

 
 

Jeff from Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
Specialty: K-12 public

November 2015

November 2015

Edsby is a powerful and flexible LMS for teachers.

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Edsby is easy to use if you've used any form of social media. It allows the user the flexibility of using it as a communication tool (blog and group/forum abilities), planner/organizer, assessment manager and tracker, and online file manager. The people at Edsby are listening to what educators are wanting and how they can help us manage our classrooms in an online blended learning environment. As our teachers and students become comfortable with its use, parents will be able to monitor their child's progress and activity in the class. A very powerful tool for helping the student find success.

Likes Least

There are some minor limits with regards to how Edsby fits with our board database (Trillium). Mostly with regards to merging classes with different sections. This has been promised to be resolved in the near future and judging by how Edsby has already implemented a lot of user requests, we feel confident it will be resolved in the near future.

Recommendations

As per what our Board is doing, I would recommend testing out each feature as your comfort level allows. Starting with using Edsby as a communication tool with students, then test out planning lessons and assessment and getting students involved before giving parents access.

 
 

Melissa from Hillsborough County Public Schools
Specialty: K-12 public

November 2015

November 2015

Edsby immediate feedback has been helpful

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I can see my child's grades as soon as they're posted. I don't have to constantly ask about grades. Just a great way to stay informed.

Likes Least

Nothing major. Just took a little time to get familiar with how to use.

Recommendations

Having a user-friendly software is key. Keep it simple. The basics with the option to know more detail if desired is perfect.

 
 
 
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Dianne from Great Lakes Christian High School
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Satisfied Edsby user.

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As the Academic Administrative Assistant, I find that Edsby is a great office tool for communicating to parents, students and staff.

Pros

Teachers can take attendance and send it to the office easily. I like being able to send messages to students and parents.

Cons

It is hard to find a thread of conversation in messages and I am not able to forward a message to someone or add a person to the conversation thread. It is sometimes difficult to maneuver from student to student when comparing or updating information. The same for parents.

Advice to Others

Sometimes I feel like there is too much information to look at and filter through. I need to learn how to centralize some of the main information. I find that when teams or groups are planning to be away they communicate with themselves and not always with the Academic Office and I have to search for the information.

Source: Capterra
 

Lisa from Parent

November 2016

November 2016

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I like that I have a spot to go to review my daughters assignments and to communicate with the teachers. I do forget to use it at times but I am sure that will come. I like the reminders/emails from the teachers and I like the reminder emails about upcoming activities.

Source: Capterra
 

Mara from Tanenbaum CHAT
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Great resource for the classroom

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My school adopted Edsby a year ago. While still in the process of being developed and enhanced, this resource facilitates school-wide communication and it is user friendly.
However, fast problem-solving and customer service are two areas that could be improved.

Pros

User friendly

Cons

No editing for posts and message organization features

Source: Capterra
 

Shelley from GECDSB

October 2016

October 2016

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The product and support are great.
They always try to improve the product by adding desired functionality.

Pros

It is a one stop shop for educational engagement for staff, students and parents.

Cons

Occasionally updates break other functionality that was previously working.

Source: Capterra
 

Jim from BDCHS & Gather HS
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

October 2016

October 2016

What's up! Doc!

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Having 2 children in Edsby can sometimes be challenging The only negative I have is once the grade period is over you can not see the grades from the last quarter

Pros

Keep up with the students grades

Cons

Finding grades after the quarter is over

Source: Capterra
 

Jeffery from Parent

October 2016

October 2016

Keeping Up With Your Kid

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Edsby is very useful when you're not sure if your child is telling you about her network assignments, upcoming tests, and grades. It creates another link between teacher and parent that's available 24/7,

Pros

Keeps me touch and keeps my son on his toes.

Cons

Smome teachers don't take advantage of all that Edsby has to offer. Some are very slow on inputting assignments and grades.

Advice to Others

Find a way to make it more friendly for teachers to be timely in entering information. Encourage teachers and students to use Edsby as a tool in conveying assignments and reminders. Maybe a check box when you've completed an assignment or note your progress on a long term project. A spot where a student can indicate something they're having problems understanding.

Source: Capterra
 

Gina from Parent of Alonso High School Student
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Edsby Is Awesome for Parents with Unorganized Children or those who don't communicate well

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I am very thankful for Edsby. I cannot tell you how many times I have gone on to take a look at my son's grades and been upset because of something he didn't turn in. Well thanks to the ease of use of Edsby, I could easily look up the assignment and print it out, along with the list of grades for each class to keep my son on top of his work and grades. Even in HS, it has proven to be a valuable tool as now he is at a stage in which he communicates as little as possible with me. It is fun to know his grades before I ask him. The program is fairly easy to use, but could be a bit harder for someone with no computer skills, but overall I love it!

Pros

Everything

Cons

There is nothing that I don't like about it.

Advice to Others

You should use it if you can. It is a very helpful tool. It is most helpful when it is used to its fullest potential by both the teachers and parents!

Source: Capterra
 

Kevin from Hillsborough County School District
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

October 2016

October 2016

Great Aid for Teachers

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At first, I didn't quite understand how to use the Edsby system, but the video tutorial made it so much easier to navigate through. Now, I can use it with ease and it is truly a great aid to my record and grade keeping.

Pros

Very easy to navigate and very organized.

Cons

N/A

Advice to Others

Maybe some options that are geared more towards music, art, dance, theatre and phys. ed. teachers.

Source: Capterra
 

Dan from TanenbaumCHAT
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Easy to use and powerful!

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Edsby has it all. It can track attendance, marks, posting of notes and pop-up surveys - and now it can even do online testing and quizzes that integrate with the gradebook!

Pros

Ease of use.
Responsive customer service.

Cons

The email should be more like email and not a chat.

Advice to Others

Keep developing new features!

Source: Capterra
 

Jay from Evergreen School Division

October 2016

October 2016

A great tool if you buy into it

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Although there are always some kinks to work out Edsby is a useful tool for both educators and students, however, it needs a full adoption in order for the true benefits to take effect. I look forward to the continued improvements.

Pros

Helping kids organize their assignments and work schedules.

Cons

The app is in need of upgrades and certain glitches are left for too long at times making it difficult to sell people on.

Advice to Others

The app needs notification options and educators need a collated print out of overdue assignments connected to students.

Source: Capterra
 

Lisa from Parent user

October 2016

October 2016

Daily Classwork Progress

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My children have been using Edsby in their elementary, middle and high school for several years now. It is easy to keep up with their school work, upcoming assignments, tests and grades. It is helpful when they are absent since teachers usually post their daily work. It has been a great tool to stay up to date with their progress in each class.

Pros

Easy to use and view all schoolwork. Stay on top of my children's daily work and know what their grades are.

Cons

When you open an individual class it will not allow you to view the graph and assignments at the same time. Instead you have to go back to the class to open them individually. It makes viewing much slower. It would be easier if once at the class you could view both.

Advice to Others

Have a missing work section besides the ungraded section so you can follow up with your child and teacher if the work was done and handed in. Often, the ungraded section, is used by the teachers when they haven't graded an assignment. It would be helpful to have a missing work/test section so you can stay on top of it easily and make sure that all work gets done or handed in. This would be especially useful after absences of multiple absences in a row.

Source: Capterra
 

Alexandra from unknown

October 2016

October 2016

Great communication resource

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A great, convenient way to keep track of the student's progress. It can also facilitate communication among students, teachers and parents

Source: Capterra
 

Deb from HDSB

October 2016

October 2016

Thoughts On Improvements

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I personally find it easy to use - I enjoy all features (Grading, Planner, etc)

Suggestions
* possibility of printing agenda notes for students who don't have access to internet
* a way to "search" for messages and words in groups (e.g. staffroom)
* more functionality in the app (camera/photos, etc)
* a way to "define" standards when they are the same in certain subjects for split classes (e.g. less editing involved)
* key feature would be the printing option for agenda notes for students (mentioning it again as we have quite a few students who do not have internet at home - or who prefer a paper agenda... so making everyone happy if possible).

Thanks for the excellent customer service!
Deb

Pros

Gradebook and communication features - the link to Trillium and student information for ease of access for the information

Cons

* ability to print for students who do not have technology at home
* taking a photo
* being able to post to multiple classes when using an app

Advice to Others

(see above)

Source: Capterra
 

Marlene from Smithville Christian High School
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Edsby helps our private school build community

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In addition to being a very useful learning management tool, Edsby helps members of our school community keep in touch with one another and celebrate each other's successes. It has become the communication tool of choice for students, parents and teachers. There are some added features we would like to see, and we hope to partner with Edsby to make it even more functional. Edsby tech support is responsive to my teaching colleagues' questions, and Edsby has introduced innovations in response to their requests.

Pros

Good features, mostly intuitive and easy to use. Mostly timely and responsive customer service. -- although they may have set the bar pretty high. :-)

Cons

I would like a bit more flexibility to customize to meet a specific community need.

Source: Capterra
 

John from Quinte Christian High School
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Excellent Communication Tool

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When we made the switch to Edsby, our parents and students felt that they were more informed and better equipped for success in the classroom. Edsby has allowed students to have access to everything they need from their classes as well as being able to keep informed about what is happening in the groups they participate in at school. Parents have loved being able to know what is happening in their son or daughter's class, as well as being informed about how they are doing. The best software package for attendance, grading, and communicating on the market.

Source: Capterra
 

Kevin from King's Christian Collegiate
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Edsby is the best platform for connecting students and parents to what is happening in classes!

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Edsby is an excellent product, superior to any combination of communication-gradebook-class posting packages that are out there. There are many superb features - the gradebook, the report cards, the groups - and some areas where I know development is still working to improve - message facility, how to add clients easily, making Edsby more fun and whimsical for students. Overall, fantastic product that server our community well.

Pros

Gradebook
Messages
Posting of Class content for reference
Parent accounts

Cons

Unexpected changes - I know they get announced to us, and this is part of development
How cumbersome it can be for parents to create an account and link to their students
The mobile apps need upgraded in view and performance

Advice to Others

Students would respond well to a feature in Edsby that had a measure of whimsy about it. Perhaps a growing flower if grades increase, or a happy stamp after a week of perfect attendance, or just a fun counter for how often a parent checks a child's Edsby classes.

Source: Capterra
 

sharon from Durant High School

April 2016

April 2016

Wonderful software

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Having a High School student Edsby has been a great asset. From HW to up to date grades. Also the messaging between teacher and parent is Great!!!!

Source: Capterra
 

Kevin from Hillsborough County School District

June 2015

June 2015

Used mainly for grading. Easy to use,once I had the training.

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The only "con" that I can recall is when the system was down and going through its refurbishment.

Source: Capterra
 

Tina from Mother

June 2015

June 2015

Very helpful and useful to keep up on my child

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I love the fact it keeps me up to date on my sons grade, plus his absents and tardies. Teachers need to be required to update grades daily. This is the only con or issue I have had with using it. Over all I like using it

Source: Capterra
 

Belkis from Hillsborough Schools

June 2015

June 2015

Amazing

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It keeps me updated with everything concerning the school and my son grades and assignments

Source: Capterra