Five ways free education software can come at an unexpected cost

Sep 08, 2014

They say you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. But when it comes to software for K-12 schools and districts, maybe it’s time to start.

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What Edsby is saying

Customers love Edsby

We have 100% use of Edsby with our teachers and students. Compare that to any other product on the market.
Jon Butcher, Past Information Technology Integration Committee Chair / St. Andrew's College, Toronto, Canada

Social learning for whole K-12 school districts

Edsby isn’t a simple app teachers download and use ad hoc. It’s an enterprise-wide platform that connects to school districts’ back end services. In doing so, it gives EVERY STUDENT and EVERY PARENT modern electronic access to everything they need to know about their school and what and how students are doing. And gives EVERY TEACHER (not just the tech-savvy ones) everything they need to manage teaching and learning.

Enterprise-grade design

Integrates with SIS & Key Systems Like Security

A remarkable connection to your SIS and other existing systems sets up Edsby student, teacher, class and other information automatically. So Edsby can be deployed quickly and stays current as people come and go. Edsby integrates with your SIS, LDAP and/or Active Directory, Single Sign On (SSO) and more.

Customizable to your standards/terms

Districts all have different ways of doing assessments, calculating and sharing grades, choosing what to share with parents and more. So Edsby allows huge freedom in how you set up your system so as to work best for you. And none of your customizations are lost when Edsby is upgraded over time.

Modern Cloud Architecture

Don’t worry about hardware upgrades, software upgrades or system monitoring. Edsby takes care of that for you. Nor does Edsby ever forget to do data backups. They run every day. Automatically. In fact, a backup of each backup is sent to a separate data center in a different city, just in case.

Designed Specifically for K-12

Edsby was built JUST for K-12. Business solutions cost too much, are too hard to support and aren’t built for educational scale. Consumer solutions like Facebook & Twitter raise privacy concerns. Home made systems are rarely state-of-the-art and are often unused. And “free” solutions can cost in unexpected ways.

Gets everyone involved in a child’s education engaged, especially parents

Runs on anything—even mobile

Old computer? New computer? Mac? PC? iPhone? Tablet? Edsby was designed to work great on all of them. Mobile support is critical when engaging low income families, many of whom don’t own a computer, but have smartphones.

Easy to use

Kids can use Edsby as soon as they can write. Parents don’t need any training to use Edsby on a browser or mobile phone. It’s simple to use. And, boy, do they use it »

Users obsess about Edsby

Students and parents use Edsby non-stop. Some access it dozens of times a day.

Hundreds of thousands of users in one of the largest school districts in the U.S. use Edsby. Read how it’s transformed engagement »


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