Edsby’s cloud-based learning management system (LMS) is designed specifically for K-12 school districts. In addition to district-wide LMS functionality, it includes data aggregation and advanced analytics capabilities.
Edsby provides teachers tools to manage attendance electronically, privately message parents and collaborate with colleagues. Courses and materials are outlined and can be reused by teachers in other classes or in subsequent school years.
The testing and assessment features support summative and formative assessments. Grades are automatically calculated, averaged and recorded and missed grades and abnormalities are highlighted. Students and parents can view grades once posted and are notified about late assignments.
Edsby LMS can be customized to align with local district terminology, workflows, report cards and other characteristics. It is also able to integrate with the school district’s student information system (SIS), directory service, human resources and other systems.
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.
The gradebook takes some getting used to and doesn't have all of the functionality of a dedicated platform.
Verifizierter Rezensent Branche: Bildungsmanagement Mitarbeiteranzahl: 51-200 Mitarbeiter
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.
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.
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.
Denise B. Branche: Bildungsmanagement Mitarbeiteranzahl: 10.001+ Mitarbeiter
I have been very satisfied with all the features in Edsby; I am disappointed that more teachers are not given instruction as to all the capabilities and functions Edsby can provide.
Last year I started putting all my lesson information (Learning Objective, Bellwork and Classwork) in the Journal - every day. I declared the Unit for every lesson. This was in lieu of just posting to the student wall. The HUGE benefit was that since I am teaching the SAME class I did last year I am able to go to my class from last year, go into the journal, and Copy an entire Unit to my current class! It copies everything including assessments. It does give me the option to de-select any posts I do not want to copy forward; and I can choose to copy specific posts weather it be multiple posts or a single post. Once it is copied forward to my new class, I modify it as needed for my current class. All content is copied forward including active links and uploaded files (videos, documents, etc.)
I don't like that I have been unable to "Paste" the previous year's journal on a specific date; so I move the post to the correct date by dragging and dropping to the correct date.
I would like to see more flexibility with it's printing of rosters - print EACH class with one click instead of having to go into every class. Also perhaps have a way of automatically add column headings of Mon-Fri …
Cynthia D. Branche: Bildungsmanagement Mitarbeiteranzahl: 51-200 Mitarbeiter
everything is now in one place.
the privilege of spending way more time entering marks and calculating final percentages
I like that 'everything" is in one place.
I like that communication with parents (theoretically) is streamlined.
I hate the gradebook. It is inflexible and does not give me the information I want.
I don't like that every change is communicated so precisely to parents (for example if I change a grade, it adds a comment - isn't changing the grade enough? I can add a comment if I want to.)
I don't like that each item gives parents the percent it is worth out of the total. It takes away from my professional judgement and allows parents and students to calculate their overall percent which is something our board has opted NOT to tell parent.s
Antwort: Edsby 28.9.2017
Cynthia, did you know you don't HAVE to share grades, averages or weightings with parents in Edsby? It's up to you. Select the options you'd like in each classes' setup form. Enter the class, and click the setup option in the top menu. Your district has chosen some options consistent with their overall policy, but you as a teacher still get flexibility to exercise your professional judgement.
Darryl H. Branche: Bildungsmanagement Mitarbeiteranzahl: 10.001+ Mitarbeiter
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.
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
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.