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Overview

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Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative learning solution which enables employees to fulfill training requirements...

Sycamore School is a feature-rich, affordable school management system with top-rated customer support that gives small to...

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User reviews

4.2

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  • Customer support
92%
would recommend this app

4.4

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93%
would recommend this app

Pros

The overall quality, ease of use, features & functionality of blackboard make it a great software for college students and college campuses to invest in.
I really like the fact you can easily create teams, conferences and add users very efficiently. The sound and video quality are really good.
I like that students are able to get the immediate benefit of connections with their instructor & classmates with the flexibility of being at home.

Pros

Overall I like the product. My school has started using more of the functionality of the software and receiving announcements and other important information has been helpful.
They really are doing their best to help schools succeed. They have great integrations with google, which for us was one of the primary deciding reasons for going with them.
The system is very powerful; customer service is probably the most helpful that I have encountered. I love the ability to create transcripts and that these are kept on the system.

Cons

The support was horrible, most of them are salesman and when they redirect to the specialist at the end is openning a ticket because they do not know neither.
Uploading finished assignments were a real pain. The documents videos needed to be no more than a few.
No direct integration for download the record of use you need to use api to get this information. We had a problem with the LTI the integration started to direct any group to the same room.

Cons

This proposes to be a complete management tool for elementary and high schools. It is so buggy that all the parents in our school absolutely hate it.
I wonder if the schools purchasing the software, with the promise of a handy app for parents, know how bad the app is.
We had to go with a different accounting system (Quick Books Online) because we couldn't integrate it with Sycamore. Email is hard to manage at times.
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Key features

  • Total features38
  • API
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Brainstorming
  • Cafeteria Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Management
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Discipline Management
  • Discussions / Forums
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Hand Raising
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Scheduling
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Management
  • For Classroom
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Independent/Private
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • K-12
  • Learning Management
  • Lesson Planning
  • Library Management
  • Live Chat
  • On-Demand Webcasting
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Personalization
  • Polls/Voting
  • Presentation Tools
  • Private Chat
  • Progress Reports
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Recording
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • School District
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Session Recording
  • Student Information/Records
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Management
  • Transcripts
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • Video Call Recording
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Weighted Assignments
  • Whiteboard
  • Total features40
  • API
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Brainstorming
  • Cafeteria Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Management
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Discipline Management
  • Discussions / Forums
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Hand Raising
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Scheduling
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Management
  • For Classroom
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Independent/Private
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • K-12
  • Learning Management
  • Lesson Planning
  • Library Management
  • Live Chat
  • On-Demand Webcasting
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Personalization
  • Polls/Voting
  • Presentation Tools
  • Private Chat
  • Progress Reports
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Recording
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • School District
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Session Recording
  • Student Information/Records
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Management
  • Transcripts
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • Video Call Recording
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Weighted Assignments
  • Whiteboard

Integrations

  • Total integrations18
  • Authorize.Net
  • CANVAS
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Meetings
  • Total integrations8
  • Authorize.Net
  • CANVAS
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Meetings

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

Convenient

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Used it for school, was the only software they provided.

Cons

Used it for school, was the software they provided

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

Tends to work well, however sometimes it didn't work as well as expected.

Reviewed 4 years ago

Access to school materiel and lectures.

Pros

I was able to look up class schedules/assignments. Online classes where you can raise your hand, ask questions, etc virtually. Fair sound/video quality for virtual classes.

Cons

It is not as user friendly, sometimes it was too difficult to find what I needed. It appears that it was difficult to use on the teacher end as well as they were constantly needing help or having difficulty loading their content online.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

This is a program my old school used for our classes.

Cons

It wasn't the most user friendly, but definitely helpful

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

Easy to use

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Blackboard is easy to use for students and professor, it's nice to have all of our classes and information located on one platform.

Cons

Our school sometimes shuts down Blackboard or has an outage, I'm not sure if this is the fault of FSU or Blackboard

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

blackboard talk

Reviewed 2 years ago

I use blackboard collaborate for meetings and for work intervews an school assignments

Pros

the way this software organizes your task and assignments. The level of privacy are most important to me daily

Cons

I think blackboard is hard to navigate. Also wen you have assignments that you finish it should check it off list

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Blackboard

Reviewed 3 years ago

Blackboard is a great tool for school use. It allows you to stay organized and ahead of schedule. It is also a great way to stay in communication with professors and classmates to ask for help.

Pros

Blackboard was a great tool that I used when I was a student in order to keep in contact with my professor and classmates. It also allowed me to view assignment, past and upcoming. It helped me stay organized and on time with all of my assignments.

Cons

Not a con towards Blackboard, the school I was attending just switched from Blackboard to Canvas. At this time, I don't dislike anything about Blackboard.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

Makes online college way more personable

Reviewed 4 years ago

Generally, i really love that going to school online is so much easier and more accessible

Pros

I like Blackboard because it's made going to school online, for me, much more personal. I love that I can access it from my phone too.

Cons

Sometimes, when there are too many students on at the same time, it will freeze or stop. It gets really good irritating.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

Easy to Use

Reviewed 3 years ago

I had a good experience with Blackboard. I would recommend this to someone who is in school.

Pros

I used blackboard in college to submit assignments and collaborate with my professors. I did not have any problems with this. It was easy to use and functional, even for the person who is not too tech-savvy.

Cons

I have no complaints about Blackboard. Everything I needed was either on the page when I logged in or easy to find in the tabs provided for you.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Blackboard Collaborate review

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

its great for school which is what I used it for when I was in homeschool and really easy to use

Cons

the ui and entire application in general feels really dated and could use a lot of work

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  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

Difficult to Use

Reviewed 3 years ago

I would not recommend this product to anyone, it is especially challenging in an online school setting.

Pros

There is not much that I like about Blackboard Collaborate. The quality of video and sound is poor, it is hard to find the featured buttons such as Raise Hand. It is also slow to load larger images when someone is sharing a slide.

Cons

I have a very hard time getting into the application from my university website. Sometimes I have do download a lecture twice, it will be marked as a threat to my computer, and it does not always find the correct speaker to attach to.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

My son uses this for his online schooling

Reviewed 4 years ago

There needs to be a better way to communicate with the teachers.

Pros

It is a great way to know what is going on in the online line school. Keeps the kids up to date on their assignments

Cons

I wish there was more functionality. If I really want to know what is going on with his schooling, I have to email the teacher and ask. This just gives you the basics of what is going on with the kids schooling.

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Blackboard Collaborate

Great for students

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

I enjoy the capabilities of this software. I used this platform while enrolled in school and we heavily relied on the grading, scheduling breakdown, and messaging.

Cons

I believe adding a planner to the platform would greatly benefit students. Should investigate this option.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

Great educational organization software

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Professors should use this software in their teaching. Whether high school or college, it allows them to be open with students and easily send out updates.

Cons

There was some connectivity issues when using the video chat feature when collaborating in a class. The user face could be updated.

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Blackboard Collaborate

Awesome and amazing

Reviewed 5 years ago

Blackboard is a really helpful product for high school students like myself. I use this everyday and love how easy it is to use.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

New school!

Reviewed 4 years ago

So easy to use and a great resource for students and tool for teachers!

Pros

I have used blackboard since high school and it only gets better. I love how customizable it is for every teacher and how easy it is for students to use!

Cons

I have run into multiple glitches when teachers update information and there is a delay for students.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

Great for First Timers

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I've used a variety of Blackboard platforms from school specific portals to more generic uses for younger ages and it's very easy to figure out how to use from the getgo.

Cons

I have definitely had glitches where there is a lag and it's hard to keep up with a string of conversation with collaborators.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

SO GREAT for collaborating on projects

Reviewed 3 years ago

We used it for our entire university to allow students, faculty, and others to work on. It was amazing and a much-needed move for the entire school.

Pros

GREAT for collaborating, great for uploading homework/projects that you're working on and collaborating others on group projects. Very helpful and awesome Cloud software that helps students, teachers, and coworkers share work and collaborate on it.

Cons

I wonder what Blackboard will do to avoid getting wiped out by Google Drive and other free apps/programs that do the same or a similar job? It will need to continue to innovate a lot to stay valuable, but as of right now it's great for group projects and uploading work for businesses or schools.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

Awesome page for study

Reviewed 2 months ago

In was using this app since I was in high school and I really use it for study and sent my homeworks and works, it was so easy to use, and now with my industry I been thinking in use this app, and my workers love it, beacuse is like a stay in the school, and you can sent all the works or anything that they need to show me.

Pros

This app is for all the people who are studing or working in houses, is so easy to use and they have a lot of settings to had more control. You can upload any document for all your workers or for your students.

Cons

Honestly this app is a little outdated but it's a good app. I mean nowadays there are a lot of this type of page for students and for some industry, and this app has not more diference than the others.

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Blackboard Collaborate

Easy to use!

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Used this software apart of blackboard while going to school. It was easy to connect once invited by an instructor and made screen sharing easy. Connection issues and lag were mainly due to internet connectivity.

Cons

User interface seemed a little dated but nothing to cause not using the software over. Overall it was good and easy to use.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Blackboard Collaborate

Great for online meetings

Reviewed 2 years ago

I have been using blackboard collaborate for about a year now for school. It is nice because you can be at home and don't have to leave your house to meet.

Pros

This has been great for online meetings/classes during the COVID-19 outbreak. I can attend all my classes from the safety of my home.

Cons

I do not like that you can only see four screens at a time. If you want to see if other people are engaged during your meeting/class, you cannot scroll through to see their webcam.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Strayer Student

Reviewed 3 years ago

I love blackboard this is one of the great software I have ever seen in a college and I am thankful that I will be using it after I am done with each term. It helps me stay on track with my work that is due.

Pros

I like that blackboard has every piece of information that I need in regards to my school assignments. Not having to go to the site and login is a plus when it comes to doing my task. I can also and question and get answers right away with this software.

Cons

I see that they have take the virtual assistant off of the blackboard. Many of us depended on this to help us when the school wasn't open. I am sure if you put Iven back on that we would use him he was such a help.