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What is Edsby?

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

Who Uses Edsby?

Edsby is built just for the special needs of K-12 districts and regions. It is not appropriate for individual K-12 schools, higher education, corporate training, non-profits, home schooling, etc.

Edsby Software - Teacher view of a class
Edsby Software - A class gradebook
Edsby Software - Assessment by standards
Edsby Software - Student portfolios
Edsby Software - Powerful analytics

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Reviews of Edsby

Average score

Overall
4.3
Ease of Use
4.2
Customer Service
4.1
Features
4.1
Value for Money
4.3

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

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5
43%
4
45%
3
8%
2
3%
Aaron
Lecturer in Canada
Verified LinkedIn User
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

It is exactly what I've been looking for.

5.0 6 years ago

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.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Education Management, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

K-12 Social Networking Based LMS

4.0 4 years ago

Comments: 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.

Romil
IT Helpdesk in Canada
Education Management, 201–500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Educational Facebook

4.0 last month New

Comments: All the manual calander work is gone. Everything is posted on Edsby. Just login and find all the information for school. Really good for parents to keep track of everything their kids are doing.

Pros:

Its the best platform for students. We don't need to provide Mailbox to the users. They can see all school activities on Edbsy. They can communicate with anyone in organization.

Cons:

Sometimes it gets really slow. In general support is great but when we need a timeline to resolve the problem, they don't have it. It takes some times to get the new release out.

Graham
Teacher in Canada
E-Learning, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source
Source: SoftwareAdvice

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

2.0 3 years ago

Comments: 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.

Edsby Response

3 years ago

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 [email protected].

David
Vice Principal in Canada
Education Management, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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5.0 3 years ago

Comments: We run a school of nearly 900 boys. We communicate with parents and students. We run online courses and we managed to remain fully active throughout the COVID 19 pandemic without missing a day of class.

Pros:

The set up is very easy, the functionality is incredible, and the end user experience is great. Whenever I show new teachers how to use Edsby, they are amazed at how simple it is and just how many features they can use to enhance their classroom experience.

Cons:

There are a few customizations that would be helpful - the messaging feature could be improved with the storing of messages in folders for easier access for example.