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Edsby is the most comprehensive single learning and analytics platform available for K-12. Edsby gives school districts, states and provinces or national governments a powerful, single application to facilitate their K-12 digital transformations. Features are described in detail here.

Edsby has been developed specifically for the needs of K-12 school districts, regional governments and private schools. It is not developed for or marketed to higher education, corporate learning, individual public schools or home schools where other solutions are readily available.

Here are some organizations using Edsby.

A list of some customers and quotes about what they think of Edsby can be found here.

Read in depth Edsby customer profiles here.

Read short Edsby customer profiles here.

Edsby is designed just for K-12. Other systems also try to service corporate and higher learning. Edsby’s specialization in K-12 allows it to do things critical to K-12, such as smart parent communication, collaboration and approvals, parent-teacher conference scheduling, report card workflow and much more across a whole region. Detail here.

Edsby also has a very broad scope of what it believes K-12 needs in a single platform. See our comparisons.

If you’re a teacher, Edsby streamlines grading, attendance, parent communication and other administrivia, freeing more time for teaching. And it gives you new ways to make your class shine. Read more.

If you’re a parent, Edsby lets you see what’s happening with your kids at school, and helps you play a more active part in your childrens’ education. Read more.

If you’re a school district administrator, Edsby provides in-depth information on every student and their status, and gives you great new ways to engage parents. Read more.

If you’re an IT professional, Edsby interfaces elegantly with your legacy systems for quick deployment and easy ongoing administration. Read more.

If you’re a student, Edsby is the easy way to stay up on what’s happening at school and how you’re doing. Read more.

Edsby ties closely with a district or region’s existing systems to do all the things it does. So potential users cannot simply register an account and try it. To experience Edsby at your institution, invite your instructional technology or IT staff to contact us.

If you’re a student, teacher or parent at a school or district that already uses Edsby, ask the office at your school for the information you need in order to log in. Because of the confidentiality of academic data, it’s not as simple as just setting up your own account on the Edsby website. There are special processes.

It’s a really valuable tool.
James Patenall, Vice Principal / Cobourg Collegiate Institute

If you’re a school district administrator, district or provincial/state-level level instructional technology or IT professional and would like to evaluate Edsby, we’d like to show it to you. Click here to request a demo.

At minimum, Edsby needs to talk with a student information/management system, or SIS/SMS, to do what it does. Optionally, it usually also connects to local, district or regional authentication systems (like LDAP or Active Directory), often an HR system and sometimes even other structured data.

Yes, by default. Most districts/regions want their SIS/SMS and other existing systems like authentication and HR to remain their primary databases, so Edsby pushes and pulls information to and from them as necessary. If your region wants Edsby to retain some information, that’s possible, too.

Edsby goes far beyond the simple parent portal or grade sharing add-ons offered by many student information or management systems. Users can use any modern web browser without any plug-ins, or apps for iOS and Android. Even better, because Edsby can work with any SIS/SMS, standardizing on Edsby gives you the flexibility to change your master database in the future without having to change the user experience for teachers, students and parents.

Review our features. Then let us contrast Edsby with your SIS/SMS’s features in a demo.

Yes. Customization is one of Edsby’s core differentiators. We’ll implement your school or district’s existing assessment schemes for your gradebook and report cards. And we’ll reproduce your existing report card as part of our initial integration. Other customization, including custom reports like progress reports, etc., is charged for. We can describe timing and costing in a written proposal.

I love using the Edsby Journal, which allows me to post daily work including the ability to post links and documents and even cross post in multiple classes.
Denise Brown, Teacher, Randall Middle School / Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, FL

There are up-front charges for initial integration. There are also annual costs, variable with the number of students. Edsby does not charge for parent, teacher and administrator accounts. Certain other features are charged for annually. Contact us for details.

Edsby can pay for itself in the first year on the basis of savings from paper, toner and printer maintenance alone, because far fewer assignments and notices home need to be printed. Additional savings are realized from reduced printing of student agendas, integrated attendance, grade book and report cards, lesson planning, parent portal features, parent teacher conference scheduling, parent approval workflow and online testing. Click here to try our return on investment calculator tool that shows just how much your district or region can save with Edsby based on your number of students, teachers, parents, schools and other inputs.

Edsby implementation can be completed as little as 2 weeks after connection is made your student information system, authentication and other systems. Note that training often takes longer.

Yes. If a school or district hasn’t already collected parent information of its students, Edsby’s self-service parent registration can be used to do so.

Customers own all data collected by Edsby. Customers are welcome to export any data at any time. More information on data and privacy here.

No. Edsby does not monetize its customers’ data. We do nothing with student data except manage it as directed by our customers. For details on how Edsby handles data, read About Edsby & Your Data, as well as our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Visit the support section of our website.

We include basic training for professional staff in each new Edsby implementation. Additional training services are available. Contact us.

I used to use Edmodo, Edline, Schoology and Socrative.com. Now I only need Edsby. It’s a one stop shop.
Taina Cote, Teacher / Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, FL