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Overview

Sycamore Schools is a complete cloud-based school management system that integrates fully with G Suite for Education. The...

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The Canvas Learning Management Platform, built by Instructure, is the open, extensible learning management system that educators...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from
$

1.30

/momonth
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from

Free

  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.5

5

4

3

2

1

33

15

2

2

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
96%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

1,226

706

128

24

12

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

Pros

They provide helpful, easy to understand assistance in a timely fashion. Over other web-based programs we've used or reviewed, Sycamore stands out as the best value and highest quality for our money.
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.
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.

Pros

Canvas has a great overview page and is nice that all of your materials are in one place. I appreciated that it was the main form of communication, document location & even some quizzes and tests.
The Graphical user interface is pretty good and visually appealing and the color-coded course help differentiate it from other courses. Timely updates to the participating courses are also helpful.
The overall experience during my last two years of undergraduate school was very pleasant and I sincerely hope that I encountered this software again in graduate school.

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.

Cons

Nothing is intuitive, it's extremely hard to change or fix a mistake on an assignment if you make a mistake, grade syncing with our electronic gradebook is very glitchy.
The parent canvas app is confusing and difficult to navigate. It is hard to discern what assignments are due to strange naming structures.
As a parent, it was difficult to understand where some items were but I feel that was user error and not the platform.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review8 months ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review7 days ago

Key features

  • Total features41
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Cafeteria Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discipline Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Assignments & Tests
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Financial Management
  • For Classroom
  • Gamification
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Independent/Private
  • Individualized Assessments
  • K-12
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Lesson Planning
  • Library Management
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Learning
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • School District
  • Self Service Portal
  • Skill Testing
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Portal
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Companies
  • Transcripts
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Weighted Assignments
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features74
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Cafeteria Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Library
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discipline Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Assignments & Tests
  • Employee Training
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Financial Management
  • For Classroom
  • Gamification
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Independent/Private
  • Individualized Assessments
  • K-12
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Lesson Planning
  • Library Management
  • Media Management
  • Mobile Learning
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • School District
  • Self Service Portal
  • Skill Testing
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Portal
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Companies
  • Transcripts
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Weighted Assignments
  • eLearning Companies

Integrations

  • Total integrations2
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Wordpress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom
  • Total integrations84
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Wordpress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom