Edsby integrates with FirstClass

– Using FirstClass for user authentication “simplifies and improves the use of Edsby,” say FirstClass sites –

Toronto, Ontario; March 18th, 2014 – The Edsby educational engagement platform now offers tight integration for K-12 schools and school districts running the venerable FirstClass email and collaboration system.

Organizations around the world that use FirstClass can now leverage the FirstClass user directory when logging in to the Edsby social learning system. At login time, Edsby can be configured to check FirstClass to see if users exist and whether they are entitled to log in via the open lightweight directory access protocol, or LDAP.

“This new external authentication makes it easy to add Edsby to schools and school districts that run FirstClass,” said John Myers, Co-Founder and CoreFour CEO. “Educators can benefit immediately from Edsby’s parental engagement, teacher timesaving features and other benefits.”

For more than 20 years, companies and school districts have relied on FirstClass for powerful, secure and highly scalable collaboration. FirstClass bridges the chasm between in-person and digital communication, offering innovative, enterprise-grade email, calendars, contacts, instant messaging, document and file storage and more.

“FirstClass has been our core communication tool for 17 years,” said Charles Thacker, Director of Technology at Farmington Municipal Schools in Farmington, New Mexico. “Having FirstClass LDAP integration with Edsby has simplified and improved the use of Edsby for our 11,000 students across all our 18 schools.”

The integration works between Edsby today and versions 10 and higher of FirstClass.

About Edsby
Edsby is a social learning platform that enables school districts and private schools to connect their teachers, students and parents together using the modern technologies that have become so pervasive in people’s lives today. Edsby is developed by CoreFour, a team that has been building scalable, reliable software systems for education organizations around the world for almost 30 years. CoreFour builds high performance cloud-based solutions based on latest software technology, techniques and standards.