Edsby

Edsby

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4.3 out of 5 stars

Edsby is a modern, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) for K-12 school districts that uses latest web and mobile technologies to connect teachers, students and parents in exciting new ways. It incorporates social learning, school news, group collaboration, assessment management, timetables and calendars, course planning, report cards, attendance and more.

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Edsby review by <span>Charles T.</span>
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Learning Management System for Everyone

What do you like best?

Edsby is an easy to use Learning Management System that mimics some of the common social networking graphical user interfaces that students and staff use. It has been evolving since it's inception and continues to add new features and capabilities.

What do you dislike?

We were an early adopter of the system and so worked with Edsby through some of the initial glitches and missing elements that were needed. While this worked well for the first year we were left out of the loop as they grew and gathered larger customers (Florida) and paid more attention to them. They've circled back and are working with us much more closely now. We are still working to get some things that we need in our district such as standards based grading, some controls on who can delete items in shared containers, and other things that we feel are necessary in a full LMS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Any evaluation of an LMS must include participation by as many stakeholders as possible. Students should be included but you must not conduct an LMS review and selection without the participation of teaching staff, including those that currently use an LMS, those that are technically savvy, and those that have not used an LMS or struggle a little bit with technology. This overall and well rounded review committee will help you to identify the best solution for your district. In our reviews I do not include those staff that are heavily resistant to change, new things, technology, or shifts in their own instructional approach as they are going to bog down the process and you will not move them by including them. You can move the middle ground staff and you should use your super stars to facilitate that.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Edsby to provide instruction, interaction, and classroom engagement beyond the brick and mortar school for our students. This is not our main system of record for grades or attendance but connectivity between Edsby and our SIS is possible (and we do some of this but are working on tighter integration).

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Edsby review by <span>Matthew D.</span>
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A useful LMS that has tight SIS integration

What do you like best?

I like that Edsby is constantly rolling out new features and is adding new customizations. With the addition of the PTI scheduler and the new attendance, calendar and LTI integration, Edsby has become a very full featured product. I look forward to the addition of OnSIS reporting and transcript printing as a way to make Edsby a truly full featured SIS replacement.

What do you dislike?

With some of the new features, they are not fully documented and they also break/disable currently working features. While support is able to help, there need to be more top-level support staff in the organization that can provide more direct support. I also don't like how the Dev team has so much control over the support process. Dev has frequently held up support tickets due to issues they are working on and this hinders my workflow. There is also infrequent communication around system features that are not currently working.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure your SIS is supported and that you have clear goals in mind in regards to implementation with your staff, student, teachers, administrators and students. By having these clear goals, you will have a much easier time assigning responsibilities for the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to provide better information access to our parents and also to allow a more seamless experience by bundling common information into the same portal. This allows our parents to see a fulsome picture of their child's performance and indicators.

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Edsby review by <span>Susan A.</span>
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Student and Teacher classroom experience enhanced by Edsby

What do you like best?

For teachers, the gradebook and report writing are big wins. They make this paperwork efficient and for me that means more time for face-to-face time with students and more time to be creative with lessons. The ability to link websites, and documents to lessons and homework keeps resources handy to both me and a student.

Students benefit from knowing what is going on in class and their homework even when they miss class.

Lesson planning, homework, and how much information is shared with students and parents can be determined by schools. There are many possibilities for curriculum development and recording.

What do you dislike?

Updates happen overnight which for the most part is good - once and a while features change slightly with out notice (ie. Search will behave differently suddenly).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure to invest in staff training and getting teachers excited about how it can help them be effective and efficient.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The effective and efficient creation of report cards. The first time through report writing was onerous as the customizations and process needed tweaking, however, since then benefits such as ease of the teacher tasks, and deadlines being met consistency are being seen.

Edsby review by <span>Amanda D.</span>
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Edsby makes it easy to keep our community connected and informed, essential tool for staff

What do you like best?

Edsby's interface is easy to navigate, making it accessible for families that may not be tech savvy, but offers a ton of advanced functions that makes it an essential tool for our staff. Staying current and being innovative in education is a priority for our school, and Edsby fits in well with that model. They seek constant feedback from users and continue to add new features to meet our needs.

What do you dislike?

We are in a uniques position because we are a small school - we do not have another SMS to sync users and so we have to input new users manually. We've managed though - it's a small inconvenience compared to the value we get from using Edsby.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Edsby offers extensive functions and features to all users which can be intimidating at first, especially for teachers who may not have previous experience with an LMS. Don't be afraid to jump in and start small - once you get started you will quickly find the best ways to make it work for you Reach out to Edsby support - they offer the best in customer support I have experienced.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When we started our school, we were very small and so regular and effective communication with families was easy and became one of the aspects parents appreciated most about our school. As we grew it became harder to maintain the level of communication we established, but we quickly realized that this was integral to student success and something we wanted to continue to offer our families. Edsby made it possible for us to stay connected with families, and even helped us to improve communication amongst our whole school community.

Edsby review by <span>John V.</span>
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Excellent program for communication with parents and students about all areas of life at school.

What do you like best?

This program has made it so that teachers don't have to send weekly or monthly updates because parents have access to daily updates as to how their son or daughter is doing in the class. Students also have the ability to access information from class when they miss a class period. Parents appreciate the ability to communicate with staff and see a calendar of the is happening in classes concerning tests and assignments.

What do you dislike?

One of the biggest dislikes is not in the program, but the fact that parents don't log on and check the progress of their child. There is nothing in the program itself which causes great stress to our staff.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a valuable tool for any school who wants to increase communication with parents and students. It teaches students responsibility rather than accountability since they have everything they need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This allows for more frequent communication with staff, students and parents. This has also take care of the issue of students missing a class or losing a handout, now they can upload anything which was handed out in class.

Edsby review by Administrator
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Not perfect - but the best out there!

What do you like best?

Massive functionality. The best integration of SIS and LMS anywhere. Customizable, but the power lies in the easy to use interface. Forget multiple clicks to do a simple task, Edsby is designed for the end users... but has the power in the back end for the administrators :-)

What do you dislike?

Support is iffy at best. Sometimes lightning fast, but at other times nothing... cricket. This is really the biggest need for improvement.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a different model of software - changes come fast and furious. The feature rich environment is easy to learn but requires a complete buy-in from the school district. Incremental implementation with Edsby is like pulling a cart with a thoroughbred racehorse...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

There is no other LMS, SIS, portal system with this ease of use, low cost, low overhead, and massive functionality out there. If you're using another product you are wasting people's time and effort... From Portfolios to the Gradebook to Journals, Attendance, Groups, Messaging, Notifications... it really is a powerful school-focused productivity tool.

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