Edsby software


92 reviews(4.5/5)
92 reviews(4.5/5)

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.

Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 8

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    August 2018

    Complicated app to take attendence

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    Pros

    Software allows you to take attendence, keep records od student marks, contact parents, and share files with parents.

    Cons

    You can share information with parents but the parents will need to have their own account. Limited functionality with the mobile app. Better suited to log in through a desktop or laptop. Software is highly complicated to use for me and I feel that it is complicated for parents to use as well.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jessica from King's Christian Collegiate

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    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.

    Pros

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Steve from Linbrook School

    April 2018

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

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    Pros

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Robert from Smithville Christian High

    April 2018

    Great! It helps keep everything up to date!

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Todd from Quinte Christian High School

    April 2018

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

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    Pros

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Aaron from Sunway International School

    April 2018

    It is exactly what I've been looking for.

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    Pros

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • DANIELLE from King's Christian Collegiate

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    April 2018

    Makes school admin a breeze

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    It makes my job easier!

    Pros

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Lisa from QUINTE CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

    April 2018

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

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    Pros

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Shelley from Greater Essex County District School Board

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    April 2018

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

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    Pros

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Katie from SDHC AMS

    April 2018

    It has been user friendly

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    I can keep track of online grades easily

    Pros

    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

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    March 2018

    Great application

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    Pros

    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

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Grace from Homework helpers

    March 2018

    Good value

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    Pros

    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

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • padmaja from Netivot HaTorah Day School

    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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    Pros

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Brian from Lakefield College School

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    October 2017

    Still in start-up mode

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

    Pros

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Michelle from Construction

    October 2017

    The software needs to work better on the mobile app.

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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • John from Woodland Christian High School

    October 2017

    Mostly quite good

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    Pros

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Carolyn from KPRDSB

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    October 2017

    Positive with some frustrations

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    Communication.

    Pros

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Mike from Linbrook School

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    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.

    Pros

    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

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jack from Mentor College

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    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.

    Pros

    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)

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
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