Edsby Software


 

Edsby’s cloud-based 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. Courses and materials are outlined and can be reused by teachers in other classes or in 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. Students and parents can view grades once posted and are notified about late assignments.

Edsby  LMS can be customized to align with local district terminology, workflows, report cards and other characteristics. It is also able to integrate 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

May 2018

May 2018

Excellent tool for communicating in one location

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No more logging into different applications for different things. News, coursework, attendance, school events and important dates - all right here in one place. And no excuses that information was lost or couldn't be accessed.

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I love that teachers, students, parents, and school staff can easily get updates from school administration, check attendance, see grades and course material, all in one place. The user interface is very intuitive, and a great way to disseminate news. It's also a great place for teachers to upload assignments and course material - and the students can access it from anywhere!

Cons

Students want to know how many community involvement hours they have, and Edsby has no means of tracking and communicating this.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Steve from Linbrook School

April 2018

April 2018

It's been a great tool for our school community to keep all stakeholders engaged.

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The ease of use. The ability for us to accomplish many things in one platform. We can keep our calendar, grades and report cards all in one place.

Cons

We need to add a few more features for it to meet our SIS needs. Although it's not an SIS, it is very close. If we could input items related to health cards, health information and a few more customizable inputs, it would help us even more.

Review Source: Capterra
 


April 2018

April 2018

We have had Edsby since its inception. We are pleased with most of what it does and aspires to be.

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It connects teachers, students, and administrators together in an effective way. It is a very good student management system and interface that has the potential to be great.

Pros

The connections that it allows among families, students, teachers and administrators.

The overall look makes sense with grades on one side, the feed in the centre and the courses and libraries on the other side. It is easy to read and fairly intuitive.

As an administrator, I like that I can see most everything so with one piece of software, I can get a good sense of what is going on overall but I also can get granularity, as I need.

I like the ability to Broadcast messages.

I like the ability to get an overview of a student, current as well as past, and a peek into the future re: courses and grades.

The Report Card feature works well.

Cons

NUMBER 1 by far: There are no administrative master switches to do things such as turn off all grades or make them universally the same for all classes. There are certain times of the year that the look for parents and students should be the same. I either have to get each teacher to do it or give someone access to get it done for everyone. This is annoying.

The inability for Edsby to change from day to day re: schedules - so attendance is often difficult to get correct. There is not enough flexibility to do so on our end. So the entire product looks shoddy to parents and students because times are rarely correct. It is tough for our attendance person to determine who is at school and who is not.

The calendar is cumbersome. It takes too long to enter items and it is no easy to read. We have to use a separate calendar system.

Messages are difficult to sort through (though the new sort feature is a great addition).

Looking at past semesters is not easy. There are too many clicks. A single screen with all past grades and links from it would be much better.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Robert from Smithville Christian High

April 2018

April 2018

Great! It helps keep everything up to date!

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Posting lessons, handouts, worksheets...everything. When students are absent, they are still receiving all the material and they know where to find it.

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Not a lot of cons. It does so much but one has to take the time to learn and figure it out. It can be a huge time saver.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Todd from Quinte Christian High School

April 2018

April 2018

Simplified the management of our school data from several programs to one; Edsby!

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As the School IT Admin, Edsby takes care of many details that I do not have to. This frees me to deal with local on-site concerns.
As a teacher, I absolutely love the Gradebook, the Classroom Journal, and the Library. These features allow me to have all of my materials in one place. I can go online just about anywhere and access my work. The journal also allows students to stay up-to-date if they are away, and they can have access to any work that was covered that day.

Cons

As a teacher, I really appreciate integration of student work and the Gradebook. Unfortunately, I have had too many experiences when students are unable to submit their work from their Google Drive.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Aaron from Sunway International School

April 2018

April 2018

It is exactly what I've been looking for.

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The ease and familiarity of a social media platform with the security and transparency of educational software. I can respond to my students questions from anywhere in the world at anytime and I know that our interaction is transparent for their security and mine.

Cons

The gradebook takes some getting used to and doesn't have all of the functionality of a dedicated platform.

Review Source: Capterra
 

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

April 2018

April 2018

Makes school admin a breeze

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It makes my job easier!

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It's so easy to use when monitoring a school of 650 students and thousands of parents. It's also easy to explain to parents, some of whom do not have a lot of computer experience. It's user-friendly and effective.

Cons

I sometimes have a hard time searching student names. I'll type in a name that I know is there, but it won't pop up. Mostly it works great.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Lisa from QUINTE CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

April 2018

April 2018

Easy to use educational software for attendance, grades, and communication.

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Clear and easy to use.
Accessible in mobile and regular format.
"One-stop shopping" for your educational communication: space for anecdotal and numerical grades, ability to communicate directly with students and or parents, attendance entry and communication with the office.
Edsby allows parents to monitor their child's completion of assignments, grades, and what has happened each day in class. Students who are away on family vacations or sports trips can keep track of what happens in class. Teachers can post handouts as well, giving students the ability to complete homework even if they forget a binder at school.
Simple and clear format.

Cons

I am generally pleased with how Edsby works. Any complaints I have are with small details. For example, the reportcard portion of Edsby lacks some of the features of a dedicated gradebook program. Also, I asked the customer service message board if there was a way to print out the curriculum expectations that we select for assignments (which are already in Edsby) at the end of semester, but have not received a response - customer service was much more responsive a few years ago.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Shelley from Greater Essex County District School Board
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Working with the Edsby team has been great. Awesome features!

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The wide range of features available for K-12. There is something of value for everyone in our organization. Ease of use when communicating to parents is an added benefit.

Cons

I wish they had more people on the support line. It is difficult to bring on new customers, add new features, and still provide the same level of support.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Katie from SDHC AMS

April 2018

April 2018

It has been user friendly

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I can keep track of online grades easily

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I can communicate to students, easy to maneuver grades, print out of blank rosters and I like how it updates frequently the student list

Cons

Still trying to figure out how to enter a 90 in the same column for everyone besides doing every single one individually

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

March 2018

Great application

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It helps a lot and helps keep up with grades and is very useful. I would consider it because it doesn't stop working it is fast just remember your user name and password and your grades will pop up

Cons

My only complaint is it works only in portrait mode which is tedious but aggravating. I wish this could be fixed

Review Source: Capterra
 

Grace from Homework helpers

March 2018

March 2018

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most comprehensive learning and analytics platform available for K-12, engaging students, parents and teachers on all of their devices

Cons

combines social networking with class and student management features
Not sure if it's appropriate for young children

Review Source: Capterra
 

padmaja from Netivot HaTorah Day School

October 2017

October 2017

Edsby is an easy tool to use. Certain features are rigid and can't be customized to the school needs

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The important feature of Edsby is Gradebook Functionality and the presence of Curriculum expectation.

Cons

We cannot have a customized setup, and does not have integration with Google calendar. We are facing lots of challenges with Parents sign in and admin login.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Brian from Lakefield College School
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Still in start-up mode

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Custom report cards. 3rd party LMS instead of internal LMS.

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Meets our government regulatory compliance requirements. Awesome gradebook. Solid report cards. Pulls parent contact information, student contact information, teacher contact information, rooms and schedules from our SIS nightly. Changes are not updated in real time, but are updated within one day.

Cons

New features and updates are rolled out seemingly at the last minute. (ie 7pm notification of an overnight upgrade). Does not match the school year. Pull integration only with our SIS. Rigid roles. Parent account creation for parents that we want to authenticate with AD is problematic. Support department is only 2 people. Attendance is difficult. Does not allow users with multiple roles, ie teacher who is also a parent. Developments don't necessarily match school year. Lacks a threaded discussion board. Planning does not support backwards design. Calendars do not at this point have iCal feeds. No internal auditing of planned absences, so if a planned absence exists for a group or a class, if there is a change in the enrollment of the group or class, the planned absence is not modified for the user who changed enrollment. No list of known issues.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Michelle from Construction

October 2017

October 2017

The software needs to work better on the mobile app.

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The ability to review my child's grades at all times is very convenient. I also like being able to contact teachers from the mobile app.

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The mobile app doesn't work as well as it could. PDF documents are not able to be viewed on the app. I also hav had issues sending messages to teachers. The interface will be off and you cannot see parts of the message. I have had to go to the main site at times to send messages since because the app doesn't work

Review Source: Capterra
 

John from Woodland Christian High School

October 2017

October 2017

Mostly quite good

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Designed with Ontario curriculum in mind which makes it more responsive to our local needs. It is user friendly and parents seem to enjoy the communication options. We like the group options as well as the attendance.

Cons

Still need to do some work with providing opportunity to effectively document learning skills. The software has become too expensive for smaller schools.

Review Source: Capterra
 

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.

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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.

Review 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

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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

Review 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.

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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)

Review 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.

Review Source: Capterra