Edsby Pricing, Features, Reviews & Alternatives

Edsby

The K-12 LMS of the future, today

4.29/5 (138 reviews)

Edsby overview

What is Edsby?

Edsby® is an award-winning, next generation K-12 learning management system (LMS) with the broadest set of capabilities available in a single application made just for the specific needs of K-12 students, educators and parents. It enables improved teaching effectiveness and student success in and out of the classroom with a familiar, social-style user experience.

Unlike other systems, Edsby goes beyond the standard definition of an LMS with a wide set of features (including modern assessment & reporting, timesaving tools for K-12 educators and parents and innovative analytics) for the full spectrum of K-6 and 7-12 learners in one platform that can be tailored to meet a specific district or region’s needs.

Edsby is used district-wide by some of the largest K-12 districts in North America. It has been licensed for national use by the New Zealand Ministry of Education and has received more than 60 industry awards and distinctions.
www.edsby.com

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United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 other markets, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom

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Edsby screenshot: A teacher's view of an Edsby class, the heart of the Edsby learning and analytics platformIntroducing EdsbyEdsby screenshot: Choosing standards associated with an assessment in the Edsby digital learning platformEdsby screenshot: Teacher's view of a class gradebook in the Edsby learning and analytics platformEdsby screenshot: A student eportfolio in the Edsby learning and analytics platformEdsby screenshot: Dedicated group area for a school club in the Edsby digital learning platformEdsby screenshot: A searchable learning object repository for teachers in the Edsby digital learning platformEdsby screenshot: District-wide attendance report in the Edsby LMS for K-12
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Edsby user reviews

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Aaron S.

It is exactly what I've been looking for.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-04-24
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

K-12 Social Networking Based LMS

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-12-17
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, the Edsby platform excels at social communication and K-12 school management. I wouldn't necessarily call it a proper LMS just yet because it only recently added the functionality to build asynchronous courses and import SCORM based learning modules.

Pros
The company is based in Ontario, Canada and focuses on K-12 education which is exactly where my school lands. As a result, many of the changes and customization are geared towards my school. Most the major LMS companies are based in the US so their focus is naturally there.

Cons
It seems like the number of customer service staff has not grown at a rate that can accommodate the number of clients that Edsby is accumulating. This has resulted in excruciatingly slow response times, especially around September and October.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Malissa C.

Edsby for Gradebook

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-03-10
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, Edsby does have some features that are really great. The gradebook and report card are the easiest I have ever used. I would recommend if those features are important to you.

Pros
I mainly use Edsby for it's gradebook and report card features. I find it very easy to work with and like to it auto-saves information that is input.

Cons
It is not as user friendly for students and parents as it is for teachers and administration. It freezes and locks students out often.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Graham C.

Good in single classes, too labyrinthine for a whole courseload.

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2021-01-07
Review Source: Software Advice

I've taught and learned via a host of LMSs, and as currently configured Edsby just isn't up to scratch for complete online learning. It works well enough as an adjunct to in-person learning, especially at the elementary level. Parent contacts works well, although my own classes are missing emails and I'm unsure why that is. I haven't used the gradebook yet so I can't comment. If I was to ask the dev team for 2 things they would be: 1) Make courses pinnable, and possibly even mutable. Allowing user customization will go long way. 2) Separate tasks and discussion. Student comments should never bury teacher announcements.

Pros
Generally intuitive and clear. Student and parent contact info is easy to find. Posts are easy to make.

Cons
It is remarkably easy to get lost or miss important items as a user of any type (teacher, student or parent). There is no ability to prioritise certain classes or threads, and the only way to post items is in the rolling general chat thread. The pinned item space is a limited area in the left margin, so to find anything you have to (1) go into the correct class/course and (2) scroll down past all other posts (including student chatter) to hopefully find the right thing in the timeline. If students or teachers are registered for multiple classes, there is no way to pin, prioritize or re-organize the order of classes, either for yourself or for your students. This means that 'Homeroom' is buried under a mountain of inactive classes or classes I'm no longer teaching.

Response from Edsby


I'm sorry you're having an unsatisfactory experience with Edsby. Edsby was built in Ontario for the needs of Ontario educators. If you haven't used Edsby's ON Ministry Growing Success-friendly gradebook, you're missing a huge part of the value of Edsby.

Re: ordering Edsby classes and groups, click and drag them on your Edsby desktop into any order you like. Your reordering is respected on all devices. And if student discussion in your classes is undesirable for how you want to use your classes, turn off the ability for students to post. Your choice as educator. Avail. in the Setup menu in each class. If you want to encourage student discussions or collaboration outside of your class containers, i.e. if you want to keep them teacher material-only, consider using Edsby Groups.

Happy to walk you through specifics of the above or other perceived Edsby shortcomings. Post questions in the Edsby Feedback group in your Edsby system or write us at support@edsby.com.

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Likelihood to recommend: 0/10

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Darryl H.

The Best Educational Management Tool Solution

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 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.

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Edsby pricing

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Edsby features

API
Activity Dashboard
Alerts/Notifications
Assessment Management
Asynchronous Learning
Attendance Tracking
Blended Learning
Communication Management
Content Management
Course Authoring
Course Management
Data Import/Export
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
Self Service Portal
Tests/Assessments
Third Party Integrations

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
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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
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Benefits

● Edsby creates social media-like spaces for each of their classes where students and teachers can conduct learning and assessment online and offline.

● 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 allows educators to view academic performance and risk indicators at regional, district, individual school or family of schools levels.

● Workflow is automatically managed; students can submit assignments or other documents electronically and teachers can grade them. Kindergarten and other registrations normally done in outside systems can be performed in Edsby.

● The solution offers automatic parent-teacher interview scheduling that eliminates the need for third party systems or paperwork.