Ages of learners
- Learning Management Systems
- Teacher Collaboration
- Group Communication
- Social Networking
- Classroom Management
- Attendance Management
- Formative Assessments
- Learning Tools Interoperability
- Lesson Plan Creators
- Lesson Plans
- Parent Collaboration
- Professional Development
- Rubric Creators
- Student Assessments
- Student Collaboration
- Summative Assessments
Edsby is a modern, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) for K-12 school districts that uses latest web and mobile technologies to connect teachers, students and parents in exciting new ways.
Among its tightly integrated features are attendance, school news, group collaboration, grade books, timetables and calendars, course planning, report cards and more.
Edsby transforms how students, teachers, parents and administrators engage. Students and parents can check grades, attendance, homework and more from a web browser, tablet or mobile phone. Edsby also provides a rich experience for teachers and administrators, who can manage curriculum in Edsby, assess student progress and easily identify and assist at-risk students.
Integration with existing systems
Unlike other LMSes, Edsby is designed specifically for K-12. To make district-wide rollouts quick and to minimize ongoing administration, it integrates tightly with existing student information (SIS) and authentication systems, leveraging data and security policies that already exist. And it allows for the deep customization required district-by-district—including local terminology, assessment schemes and reporting—even while being cloud-based.
Edsby comes from the team that developed FirstClass, a messaging and collaboration product popular in the 1990s and 2000s and still used today by some of the largest school districts around the world.
Edsby offers school messages of upcoming events and calendars to track information and keep you constantly informed. Under each class there is an overall class grade, as well as, classwork, homework, quiz and test grades posted under classwork. There are messages for the entire class and opportunities to leave private messages to the teacher as well. Teachers are able to post links to sites or videos they want students to check out.
I love that it Edsby is up to date and easy to retrieve my children’s work. It’s a practical tool that helps me as a parent, and my children to be able to stay on top of their daily work. It’s easy to use and an excellent source to utilize.
I have suggested that there should be an option to remove old messages from previous school years, as well as, old schools that they no longer attend. Also that my children and I have noticed that on occasion we get an error message that we cannot view his work from each class immediately, there is some type of error which seems to have been fixed. I also asked if for each class’s or subject's work section, when leaving a message to the teacher about a specific assignment, the teacher could view the email without having to be in the class work area section or on Edsby, instead if it would go directly to their school email. A teacher informed me that leaving a message for the teacher in this area does not send a direct email to the teacher like the message section, instead they have to be in Edsby or in that section to get it. It would be so much easier that if you have a question about a specific assignment, you could send the email privately directly to the teacher without having to repeat the assignment information to them in the message section, it would all be in one place in their class work section. Edsby informed me that they would look into all of my suggestions and appreciated my feedback.
I really like that Edsby asks for parents feedback on their site, giving us an opportunity to offer suggestions or improvements that we feel would help. When I had a technical question about their site they got back to me immediately and have been very helpful. It's important that they are trying to work with both parents, teachers, and the school system to constantly improve their site.
My family has found it to be an excellent way to keep informed and up to date daily on my children's classwork and with their teachers. It has been helpful when they are absent to be able to see any work posted for the day that they may have missed. It is a valuable tool and I am glad that our school offers it. I wish I had a site like this when I was a student. Keep up the good work Edsby!
Edsby is quite comprehensive in terms of what it can do, and yet maintains an up to date, user friendly interface that doesn’t feel cumbersome. In my opinion, it is already superior to Schoology, Edmodo, Moodle, and Google Classroom as a Learning Management System. It is also developing very quickly; in the two years I used it in London, many new features were added or improved.
I would definitely recommend Edsby if you are looking for a comprehensive learning management system.
Teacher at Franklin Middle Magnet School
Sunday, November 16, 2014
When there are issues that arise, we have found the Edsby support team to be very helpful and quick - they really are "There to help"
Any time you can blend classroom teaching with social media you have a hit! We recommend Edsby without hesitation.
Vice-Principal, Program at Smithville Christian HS
Monday, November 03, 2014
The platform is flexible, intuitive, and easy to use. Teachers can customize their markbooks effectively and easily, and the process of mark entry is straight-forward. The tasks of posting homework and adding files to a class are intuitive. Extra-curricular groups can be created easily, and teachers, students, and parents have come to recognize both class and extra-curricular groups as primary and reliable places to find the latest information on the goings-on at school.
As the administrator in charge of academic reporting, I particularly value Edsby for the short turn-around time between entry of marks and comments, and publishing of reports. Students and parents have completely bought in to using this product on a daily basis, to access both homework and information on marks, and, although there were some early "kinks" associated with difficultly in accessing Edsby from mobile devices, Edsby helped all users resolve these difficulties effectively and quickly.
The only area that I see Edsby developing from its current form is the option of printing individual student reports in a concise and complete form. As Edsby has helped us to reduce the amount of paper we generate in producing reports, this is not a critical downfall, but simply an option that we would like to have available. Edsby has received feedback on this item from us, and has responded that they are working on it.
I would highly recommend Edsby as a learning management system to a colleague.
This is a great app and I wish that my other son in Grade 6 had it at his school. I tell any parent or teacher at other schools about it.
Administrative Coordinator & Teacher
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Our school has been using every feature of Edsby for 3 years now - it is quite simply the best of breed when it comes to LMS portals. There is nothing I have seen that comes close to its power, simplicity of use, and - most importantly - educational effectiveness.
It integrates with our Blackbaud SIS, so pulls all student, teacher and parents into the cloud.
We have 100% uptake by our teaching faculty and students, our data shows that 65% of parents have logged in, representing 100% of our families (we have an average of 3 parent accounts per student).
We do our report cards, data analysis, and all daily class work and educational communication on Edsby. Specifically:
- All teachers post a "Daybook" showing what was done in class, with links to web sources, attachments etc, plus a list of "homework" to be completed. This running record forms the backbone of what students see and do. Students and parents are presented with this as their homepage, so they always know what went on in class and what to do for homework.
- All assignments, events etc automatically post to student calendars. Students can submit work directly back to Edsby.
- The Gradebook is the best out there. Handles pretty much any grading system imaginable, is very flexible and customizable, and produces awesome graphs etc showing student performance to students, parents, teachers and administrators, flagging overdue assignments, custom notes and observations etc.
- The Student Report Zoom automatically flags at-risk students (great for Administration and Grade Teams). Advisors can get instant summaries of student performance.
- Messages get pushed out to whatever email the parent and student register on the system
- It integrates with Google Docs and OpenOffice
- Does attendance of course, including attendance resolution by the Office.
- The "Student Panorama" displays all of a student's information including Medical Alerts entered by our Health Centre, observations by teachers (for other teachers to see and use), attendance information, Academic probation alerts...
- etc etc !!!
And we have built several custom Apps to track Community Service Hours, our own Diploma system which requires students to earn leadership points, engage in school groups, teams, and activities - all tracked through the Edsby report card system.
And all in a fast, friendly web browser.
We looked at all the other big names in LMS portals (I won't name them here), but none held a candle to Edsby's power or simplicity.
You really have to see it in action to believe it.
Please ask if you want more!
(Disclaimer - I am not a sales rep, but do love the product! :-)
Then there is the program itself. It is by far and away the worst grading program I have ever seen. We used Easy Grade Pro previously and it allowed us to do SO many things for our students and parents. Edsby does NONE of those things. I could write a dozen pages on what its doesn't do but here is a partial list (we are discovering new things that it won't do every day it seems).
- Won't allow you to print out decent class rosters...only option is one that only has student names.
- Won't let you print student's missing assignments for just your class (only the whole school and that not very well).
- Has NO ability to customize anything. There is only ONE type of Progress report and it is ridiculously horrible and unprofessional in appearance. I had to HAND WRITE Progress reports for my students. Took me 2 hours. I haven't had to do that for 13 years!!! I guess they needed to help us use up all the 'spare time' week seem to have (sarcasm).
- Won't allow you to keep attendance within the program.
- When a student messages you about an assignment it shows up in a huge slide out bar that covers 1/4 of the gradebook screen. Nobody can tell me how to stop it from popping out every time I access that gradebook page.
- Has a very archaic system of designating assignments and no way to personalize it to your needs like ALL other gradebook programs seem to have.
- It takes 10 times as long and 5 times as many steps to add assignments (which they call assessments no matter what).
- It takes 5-10 times as long to put new grades in.
- Has a hugely annoying problem....then you input a grade and hit enter (or down key) instead of moving to the next box down it sometimes jumps 2 boxes down and as many as 4 making you click in each box to add the grade...aRRGGHHH!!)
- In order to print out a class grade sheet (for posting) you first have to dump the data into an Excel spreadsheet, then take out all of the extraneous columns and rows and THEN print it. Easy Grade Pro could print these customized for me in less than 3 minutes. It took me 45 minute to do a simple set!!!
- Somehow nobody at this company realized our county doesn't average 2nd quarter grades in with first.....we got to 2nd 9 weeks and it was simply adding the new grades to the 1st 9 weeks....I am still not that confident that it is averaging my grades correctly.
- I have had numerous complaints from parents that they HATE the parent portal as it doesn't give them enough information and in a rational format for them to use. Most have simply quit using it (so much for its networking abilities).
- It DOES allow students to post messages...but they simply say hi, or your stink....useless.
- It's little annoying tendencies are too many to even list.
I remember discovering Easy Grade Pro with my teaching team and we were frequently calling for each other to show something new and cool that it could do. With Edsby it is begging for anyone who has figured out how to do ANYTHING that we used to be able to do with ease. After 3 months of using it, I have NO feeling that they will EVER get this right and make it a decent program. It is crushing student and parent involvement in grade monitoring but nobody in the district wants to admit it.
Edsby is a DISASTER....stay FAR away from it or you will regret it. We seem to be stuck with it and I imagine they will blame the teachers for it eventually.
How can Hillsborough County Public Schools select a product that is so incomplete and doesn't even work properly? They should have stick with Edline.
The biggest problem with Edsby is that it doesn't work. Many teachers don't use it properly, so it's "magical" features don't work. Many of my teachers add material to a class, and then don't open it for students to view it. And the feature that disables students and parents from viewing a grade unless the teachers hits a button to share it? Many teachers forget to, resulting in hidden grades. Everyone's grades might suddenly drop for seemingly no reason, and we can't figure out what happened. Also, Edsby gives inaccurate percentages. Edsby doesn't tell you you have a 89.1%. Edsby tells you that you have an 89%. So when a grade gets put in, the percentage might not raise at all. I've had multiple classes where my grade percentage has not changed and new assignments have been put in. How can I know how I'm doing? Also, percentages are frequently wrong. In one class, my individual grades were an 80%, a 90%, and a 100%. My overall grade was a 80%. I'm pretty sure that no matter how my teacher set the weighting for the different categories, that shouldn't be possible. Which brings me to the point that Edsby doesn't tell you how it gets your overall grade. When we used Edline (how we miss it so), it showed all of the different categories and it showed what percentage you had in each one. It told you what the class average was for each assignment as well as your rank in the class. If you were unhappy with your grade, you could take the raw data on the page and calculate your own score ad see what points you would need to raise your grade. With Edsby, this is impossible. There isn't enough information given. While Edline operated under the attitude of, "here is your grade, here is how you got it, here is how you're doing, have a nice day", Edsby seems to say, "here is your grade, bye.
The most confusing reason for Edsby being used is that teachers don't like it. In fact, I haven't heard one teacher say that they like it, and I've heard nearly all of them complain about it. In fact, I've have a teacher that assigns projects to be turned in digitally over Edsby, and he waived all of our due dates for the first few weeks of school because so many students had problems turning assignments in over Edsby and he had so many problems collecting them. Many teachers don't know how to use Edsby, which makes all of it's great little "features" (i.e. complications) utterly worthless. Not only do they get dragged to seminars designed to teach them how to use the seemingly simple software, but most of them come back and complain to their classes that the seminars were pointless and didn't help them with any of the problems they had. Edsby frustrates my teachers to the point where they don't update their grades. One teacher didn't update our grades for 6 weeks. 6 weeks without grades in a 9 week grading period? It makes the whole program pretty pointless. And you know what? I don't blame her. I was asking her about my grades (because you know, I can't really see them) and she tried to pull up Edsby for me, but it took 6 minutes for the homepage to even load on the school computers. Honestly? That is ridiculous. I wouldn't update grades either. If it were easier for teachers and allowed them to update grades easier, then all of Edsby's bugs might have been worth it. But no. Not at all.
The final reason that Edsby is the bane of my existence is that students hate it. Because the grading period just ended, I don't know what my grades are. The old ones don't display, and my teachers aren't allowed to put in any new assignments. The grading period ended two weeks ago. So in a 9 week period, we only can view our grades for less than 7 of them? My parents usually pay me for grades, and because I'm not allowed to have a job of any sort, most of it goes towards paying for gas. Since my parents can't see my grades right now and they refuse to take my word for it, I can't drive. Thanks Edsby. We never had these problems with Edline. If the teacher had to put in new grades, it was simple for them to make a new spreadsheet. Because of all of the fancy features Edsby has, everything is more difficult.
If you weren't able to tell, I wholeheartedly believe that Edsby is an abomination. The only thing about Edsby that's really worked out for me is that it's made sports and clubs information easier. Well, sports: clubs are run by students, who can't create Edsby groups, and teachers are too occupied with trying to figure out this wretched software to have time to worry about updating club information. That being said, I think Edsby would work very well for elementary school teachers who only have about one class with 20 children. Or is it less than that? I remember when my brother was in elementary school the class sizes had gotten ridiculously small. But as for middle school and especially high school, it is impractical and infuriating. I mean, honestly, just look at the blue block creature thing with the little antenna. Is that supposed to be Edsby? Like a mascot? And another point, Edsby calls itself a "social networking tool". Doesn't that bring up some red flags for anyone? This should be a service for me to see my assignments and my grades. What teacher wants to be social with their students? That seems really off to me. If anyone wanted that, we could have just used Edmodo, that's far easier to use with better features. To wrap this up, Edsby is a worthless software with high expectations and claims, and very, very low results. I honestly believe that I would cry with joy if Hillsborough county switched back to using Edline. There would at least be some happy jumping. I think the decision to switch to Edsby was made by some high up members of the school board who aren't or have never been involved in teaching to know the impacts of the switch. I honestly hope it's cheaper, because it hasn't made any teachers, students, or parents happier, and it certainly hasn't raised anyone's grades.
a teacher at Sirwa secondary school
Friday, August 31, 2012