Edsby

Edsby

Cloud-based digital learning and data platform for K-12

4.3/5 (124 reviews)

Edsby Overview

Edsby is a cloud-based learning management system that allows K-12 districts to connect with teachers, students and parents simultaneously. It uses latest mobile and web technologies for easy accessibility across multiple devices. It has mobile apps available for Android, iOS and Windows 10 users. The solution can further be customized to allow districts to enforce policies related to reporting, grading or other parameters.

Edsby has a comprehensive list of features that include social classrooms, assessment & reporting, timetable & calendar management, approval & workflows, group collaboration, an analytics engine and data storage. The solution is used by teachers to take attendance and then submit it online to the office. Offices or parents can create planned absences. Teachers can also outline their course content, tests or quizzes once and then re-use it year to year. Instant messages and email notifications can be sent to parents and students regarding the late submission or due date of assignments, grades and other performance indicators.

Edsby serves as a centralized repository for district-wide learning content and other information storage. It offers an analytics engine that allows administrators to quick gain insights about students at risk, academic progress, classroom trends and discipline reports.

Edsby uses role-based permissions and other state of the art authentication mechanisms to ensure confidential information stays confidential.

Pricing

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish and 20 others, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

Edsby Reviews

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Cristina B.

Edsby Feedback

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2018/11/11
Review Source: Capterra

Overall I would continue to use edsby in hope that it becomes less glitchy through final stages of piloting of new features, however I would not recommend its use to staff members who are not digitally strong or for staff members who have special education students as it is currently difficult to incorporate many students into the platform. For some teachers, there is a larger amount of patience, unreliability, and problems at this point.

Pros

I appreciate the interconnectedness of all features and the flexibility of features. The features strongly support teaching practices through Ministry outlined documents such as "Growing Success". The Classroom (Parent & Students), and gradebook are very powerful features. The team is quick to apply feedback to make improvements to workflow and many time-saving features. Edsby offers the ability to collect qualitative data and process it quickly and easily in a manner that students, teachers and parents can understand. The capacity of the calendars and classroom river feeds far surpass many other platforms currently available. Students can have access to a modern classroom and new ways of learning that will support their learning immediately and in the real world.

Cons

The software often has bugs, and difficulty running some scripts. The platform sometimes creates redundancies through teachers and students. The number of redundancies sometimes make it difficult(slow) to use the platform efficiently. Ex. The form to adjust staff assignments and student assignments cannot be edited by admin since it can only be opened to all schools. Staff have access to more student records and other staff records that they should not. Looking forward to a sufficient solution to this problem and more consideration for classrooms that have different structures (ex. Special Education, students with modified schedules or schedules that are continuing to change).

Response from Edsby

Thanks for the candid feedback. Researching your issues, I learned Edsby had some problems at your district -- YRDSB, 123,000 students on Edsby at 200 schools! -- the first few months of this school year (2018-2019) but we're confident we've solved many of them. Re: staff access to student panoramas in some cases (such as in groups), we're looking at making all of these cases customer-configurable. Many private school customers demand Edsby give teachers access to all information on every student in their school, everywhere, but some public districts want more restrictive policies. Making this work exactly the way each customer wants it is something we're committed to. It just takes engineering time and prioritization with everything else desired in Edsby. Look for improvements an upcoming release. Thanks for taking the time to write.

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Value for Money
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Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10
Verified Reviewer

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

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/04/29
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Response from Edsby

Thanks for sharing your views on Edsby. Am pleased to share that your number one concern is unfounded - there IS a way in Edsby to do what you seek: you can push class setup options from a course model. Our head of customer success would like you to contact him so he can describe how to do this so you never have to manually do this again! He'd also like to find out more about your schedule concerns. You can reach him as bob(at)edsby.com or toll-free: +1 (877) 337-0070.

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
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Everything you need in one place

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/11/12
Review Source: Capterra

Edsby has been very easy to work with. They are responsive and work to find compromises where our district may do something different from the norm. The software has grown significantly over last 5 years and includes much more than we originally planned, making Edsby a powerful tool in our district for communicating with students and parents.

Pros

As a parent, I want to be able to see everything my students are doing quickly and easily. Edsby allows easy access to all of my students (I have 4 at 4 different schools!) from one dashboard for any grade level. It doesn't matter if I'm on the mobile app or in the browser, the information is easy to access. I can also reach out directly to their teachers. Recent updates have also enabled push notifications about class updates and messaging. My students enjoy it too as it makes it easy for them to keep up to date on what's going on in their classes - NO MORE SURPRISES!
As a district software administrator, Edsby is incredibly easy to manage. The super search feature allows me to quickly and easily access student or teacher information when assisting schools with troubleshooting questions. Granular permissions make sure that the correct people have access to the correct information and not more than they need. EdsbyLink ensures that data imports match our current Student Information System.

Cons

New features come fast! Its hard to keep teachers informed of new features as they arrive and help them use the features to their fullest capabilities.

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Value for Money
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Denise B.

Love Using the Class Journal

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/09/30
Review Source: Capterra

I have been very satisfied with all the features in Edsby; I am disappointed that more teachers are not given instruction as to all the capabilities and functions Edsby can provide.

Pros

Last year I started putting all my lesson information (Learning Objective, Bellwork and Classwork) in the Journal - every day. I declared the Unit for every lesson. This was in lieu of just posting to the student wall. The HUGE benefit was that since I am teaching the SAME class I did last year I am able to go to my class from last year, go into the journal, and Copy an entire Unit to my current class! It copies everything including assessments. It does give me the option to de-select any posts I do not want to copy forward; and I can choose to copy specific posts weather it be multiple posts or a single post. Once it is copied forward to my new class, I modify it as needed for my current class. All content is copied forward including active links and uploaded files (videos, documents, etc.)

Cons

I don't like that I have been unable to "Paste" the previous year's journal on a specific date; so I move the post to the correct date by dragging and dropping to the correct date.

I would like to see more flexibility with it's printing of rosters - print EACH class with one click instead of having to go into every class. Also perhaps have a way of automatically add column headings of Mon-Fri …

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Darryl H.

The Best Educational Management Tool Solution

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/09/27
Review Source: Capterra

I find Edsby is the ideal all in one classroom management tool. Edsby allows me to present lessons with a variety of image and video formats, evaluate, post results with comments in a way that resonates with students and is accessible to parents.

Pros

1. Intuitive layout
2. Very user-friendly for both teachers and students
3. The ability to incorporate various attachment formats such as .jpeg hyperlinks and .wmv files

Cons

I wish when accessing assignments for marking in the grade book the list on the right-hand side would show I have marked it and not require I click on the assignment on the list on the right in order to affect the number of unmarked assignments. I open the assignment and add comments by clicking on the assignment from the list on the grade book screen.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Edsby Pricing

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Edsby Features

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Calendar Management
  • Communication Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Data Import/Export
  • Learning Management
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Records Management
  • Reporting & Statistics

  • Customizable Branding
  • Registration Management
  • Self Service Portal

Additional information for Edsby

Key features of Edsby

  • Approval of assignments
  • Assignment uploading and management
  • Automatic distribution list management
  • Automatic email notification
  • Collaborate with colleagues
  • Course planning features
  • District or school-level dashboards
  • Electronic attendance
  • Electronic portfolio of students
  • Filter and sort students details
  • Instant messaging
  • Knowledge base for classroom
  • Learning management solution
  • Parent-teacher interview scheduling
  • Professional learning communities
  • Report grades
  • Repository of learning content
  • Schedule classes for students
  • Timetable & calendar management
  • Trend analytics of students

Benefits

● Edsby allows K-12 districts to create social media-like spaces for each of their classes where students and teachers can communicate and share files.

● The solution allows group collaboration and automatic assignment of groups to students and parents on the basis of various fields that include grade, subjects, district and so on.

● Edsby offers a dashboard that allows teachers to view academic performance and risk indicators at regional, district, individual school or family of schools level.

● Workflow is automatically managed; students can submit assignments or other documents electronically and teachers can grade them.

● The solution offers automatic interview scheduling between teachers and parents that eliminates the need for third party systems or paperwork.

Edsby FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Edsby.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Edsby offer?

Edsby offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Contact Edsby for pricing information or a quote.

Q. What are the main features of Edsby?

Edsby offers the following features:

  • Approval of assignments
  • Assignment uploading and management
  • Automatic distribution list management
  • Automatic email notification
  • Collaborate with colleagues
  • Course planning features
  • District or school-level dashboards
  • Electronic attendance
  • Electronic portfolio of students
  • Filter and sort students details
  • Instant messaging
  • Knowledge base for classroom
  • Learning management solution
  • Parent-teacher interview scheduling
  • Professional learning communities
  • Report grades
  • Repository of learning content
  • Schedule classes for students
  • Timetable & calendar management
  • Trend analytics of students

Q. Who are the typical users of Edsby?

Edsby has the following typical customers:

Public Administrations

Q. What languages does Edsby support?

Edsby supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

Q. What type of pricing plans does Edsby offer?

Edsby has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Edsby support mobile devices?

Edsby supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Edsby integrate with?

Edsby integrates with the following applications:

Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Excel, Office 365

Q. What level of support does Edsby offer?

Edsby offers the following support options:

FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials