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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Carolyn from KPRDSB
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Positive with some frustrations

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Communication.

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Communication with parents, students, and staff is easy. I use the calendar daily in order to make note of due dates and provide message reminders regularly. Having an outlet to post important documents is also highly valued.

Cons

Seeing student marks is challenging; the print versions are poor as printing marks are not visible and print templates lack space to write information. Viewing data could also be more user friendly. It would be nice for learning skills from Report 1 to remain in place for Report 2 as well.

Source: Capterra
 

Mike from Linbrook School
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Edsby has been wonderful at working with us & creating a customized platform that matches our needs

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An online community for our school.

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The ease of use and ability to create numerous pages and groups. In addition, the report card and assessment tracking system is all we could ask for. Finally, the privacy settings and ability to invite and block certain groups is seamless which is very important for a school

Cons

As many areas in education constantly evolve, so does the need for shifting the way we do things online. Edsby doesn't always have stock items already built into the software; so, occasionally we need to ask them to create it for us. However, they are always responsive and get this done in a timely manner

Source: Capterra
 

Jack from Mentor College
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

September 2017

September 2017

The software centralizes many tasks to streamline the administrative functions in education.

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Ability to do my administrative tasks in a more centralized location.

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The ability to plan, organize and administrate all the functions involved in teaching in one central location.

Cons

The interface could be more streamlined to locate and control items in a more intuitive manner. Some small details still need to be addressed (ability to replace resource files)

Source: Capterra
 

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

September 2017

September 2017

Overall well worth it...There have been some bumps along the way.

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Communication with students

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Potential! There is lots still changing and getting better. Could be really amazing. Secure but private communication with students. All in one place environment.

Source: Capterra
 

Taylor from Trinity College School
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Great, all-encompassing tool for education!

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I am able to be in the know with my colleagues and students (and, conversely, keep necessary individuals in the know from my end).

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I like the sense of community and transparency that comes with the steady stream of information on a daily basis.

Cons

It's busy - there is a lot going on and it's not always fast to access what one needs to find. Results in a lot of clicking to get there.

Source: Capterra
 

Stephanie from Farmington High School
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

September 2017

September 2017

easy access for students and friendly interface

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Quick results to see if students turned in assignments. The ability to communicate and message students when they need help.

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I like having the ability to give my students easy access to documents. I also like the ability to control student and parent access.

Cons

There are very few cons, but one thing I find frustrating is access my student documents once they submit. It is fairly time consuming, especially if you have a slow server.

Source: Capterra
 

claudia from Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

September 2017

September 2017

I use Edsby every day and find it suits my needs as teacher.

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It has everything in one: class lists, marking, calculating, parent communication, groups for student communication, at a glance information.

Cons

I kept may marks on Edsby and had a student move away out of province. His profile immediately disappeared. When there were questions and issues about his marks from the new school, I was unable to provide history. When I wrote for support, I received no response.

Source: Capterra
 

Amy from gecdsb

September 2017

September 2017

I enjoy using Edsby to track curriculum expectations. It's great for online assessment.

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Easier tracking of grades and curriculum.

Pros

Students really enjoyed the wall. They sent messages about home learning. We had some amazing sharing about plants that were started at school and continued to grow at home. I also loved being able to share files online. Saved on photocopying.

Cons

Wish it would send out notifications.
Wish it would sync with report card program.
Students are not able to easily put things in their portfolios the way they can in Seesaw.

Source: Capterra
 

Stuart from Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

September 2017

September 2017

Edsby has been a great communication tool. I am able to keep both parents and students informed.

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The communication tools it provides so that I can keep parents and students up to date with class activities and assignment due dates.

Cons

It does not work well as an on-line classroom tool. Uploading files is not always reliable. Students have issues accessing reaoirces at home.

Source: Capterra
 

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

September 2017

September 2017

Edsby covers all the bases of what you would want on an easy to use platform

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This software merges all platforms a teacher could use into one, easy to use, succinct tool.

Pros

The all-in-one functionality of Edsby is most helpful. Grade book, attendance, announcements, calendar, parent and student records/communication, seating plans, library of course material and bulletins for overarching course goals.

Cons

The Library does not serve me. I have to reupload my course material every time I teach the course, even if I'm teaching the same course twice in the same semester. I have to delete auto-posted files from the feed that end up in the library otherwise it will become quickly over-run, confusing and ineffective as a communicative tool.

Source: Capterra
 

David from Associated Hebrew Schools
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Support staff is Friendly and Knowledgeable

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Knowing that parents can view their child's progress realtime. This reduces the costs of time and resources of the front office staff of looking up the student's data / progress and keeping paper copies of records for years beyond.

Pros

The fact parents can see their children's grades realtime, while the data is safe and secure. Simplicity of use, and a shallow navigation learning curve.

Cons

Just a thought: having your own or preferred backend for the data for schools starting to work with Edsby for the first time.

Source: Capterra
 

Robin from Home -- & -- The Digital Marketing People
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Appreciate being able to connect with teachers but not as easy to do as it should be

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Better way to communicate with teachers to ensure messages get back and forth and can have a few communications before the child even gets home from school

Pros

Love the ability to:
- connect with teachers
- see homework & due dates
- see extra learning materials
- child being able to hand homework in

Cons

I find navigation not always easy to do to find teachers or materials.
I've tried to message a teacher to ask a question but had to look for an old email to reply to it instead of starting a new thread of conversation
I'd appreciate it being very easy for my child to look up their schedule and what school day they are on for the upcoming dates
Practice materials would be SO awesome to have sinc KPDSB doesn't like their students having homework in the Primary grades - afraid of parents doing the homework -- understandable but then my child comes home with results less than their capability without having some practice to help understand the materials. Thanks

Source: Capterra
 

Victoria from kprdsb

September 2017

September 2017

The program works, but is not intuitive. You don't naturally figure it out.

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There is a chance for technological support. They will try to answer your questions and solve your problems. They do not always come up with a solution right away.

Cons

I find that I have to scroll down to do anything because the boxes you need to fill out for the journal entries are too big to fit on a screen. When you make an entry in the journal the first time you need to reopen it to add a unit title...a strange waste of time. When you print off marks, seating plans etc they are WAY too small for most people to see. A seating plan with pictures needs to be big enough to see the faces! Seating plans for split courses cannot be blended together...so they are useless.

Source: Capterra
 

Lorraine from KPRDSB

September 2017

September 2017

I feel like this software is not helpful to me in an elementary classroom.

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I like that I can easily share with parents, and often treat EDSBY like a blog so that parents can see what we are doing day to day. I like that I can share websites and assignments with students, but I can easily do this in a Google Classroom as well. I like the seating plan option for supply teachers. I also like that teachers can create calendars and schedule events through EDSBY.

Cons

The markbook does not make sense to me in an elementary classroom. It's not easy for students to add pictures of their work unless they post it for everyone to see. The weights of the assignments don't work for me.

Source: Capterra
 

Andrea from Yrdsb
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

September 2017

September 2017

Very good

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I can have my gradebok anywhere with me

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Quick answer from support
Good grade book
Easy to make a rubric and link it to your grade book....

Cons

My only concernais that the software is so huge that you can get loss easily. It would be nice to have training in person.

Source: Capterra
 

Kimberly from East Northumberland Secondary
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Great tool to communicate!

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Easy communication - parents are able to communicate with teachers - and vice versa.

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Easy to access all kids and staff and parents! When there is a message I need to send to students who I do not teach - I can find them and communicate with them easily!

Cons

Things get 'lost' in rivers... they need to be 'bumped' to find them again... I have a hard time finding documents that were shared earlier - as they are pushed to the bottom..

Source: Capterra
 

Bruce from St.Joseph Scollard Hall Catholic Secondary School
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Great tool to compliment the Assessment and Evaluation process.

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The communication aspect with home in that parents and students are made aware of the students' academic progress, and kept up to date with the students' daily life.

Cons

The difficulty is that the integration between our current SAS and EDSBY has a daily lag in updating student information from one to other as well as the inability to migrate much information from EDSBY to our SAS.

Source: Capterra
 

Kimberly from Fern Hill School

September 2017

September 2017

Excellent experience. Good program that is easy to use for all our teachers and administration.

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The app is continuing to improve. It is nice to now have a better format of the app parents of our school are much more pleased with the app as most use that system.

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Easy to use. New features are always being added. Easy implementation for new staff and administration. Easy integration for parent use.

Source: Capterra
 

Frances from Gimli High School / Evergreen School Division
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

September 2017

September 2017

easy to use

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Easily accessible information by teachers, students and parents.

Pros

The program is visual and easy to use.
There is an APP so students have easy access to information AND less paper is required eg. homework handouts, timetables. etc.
The parents can easily access their child's school information (attendance, marks, etc.)

Cons

One can't do a search within the posts in a group
Information doesn't always sync correctly from our main database.

Source: Capterra
 

Janice from Niagara Christian Collegiate

September 2017

September 2017

It does some cool extras but has lost some basic necessities.

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Communication capabilities within the program that allow for greater communication of various sizes and groups within the school.

Cons

some missing basic necessities like easy printing of student database lists (I do alot of out of class events & having access to printing lists based on grades or gender etc) & grades (switching between percent/levels/out of).

Source: Capterra