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Score 6.3 out of 100
14 Ratings
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackboard Collaborate

It's useful for a classroom video session with a professor, as multiple students can access it at once (it will stream better if only the instructor uses video and others just use chat) and both lecture or answer questions, employing the Whiteboard feature as necessary. There is a hand raising option students can use to signal that they have a question, or they can just put a question in on the chat section.It is not as interactive as some video tutoring platforms I have seen, but it is something that our support services at school have access to with a site license, so it's ideal for us.
Becca Guler | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

In the classroom it is very well suited. For classroom teachers, and for school systems in general. It is appropriate in this capacity because it creates a streamlined sense of communication for all stakeholders: teachers, parents, students, and administration. It makes parent meetings very easy, it makes interventions for students easy, and it helps administration keep tabs on overall progress
Saloni Hemani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Blackboard Collaborate
3.4
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
High quality audio
Blackboard Collaborate
4.8
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
High quality video
Blackboard Collaborate
4.8
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Low bandwidth requirements
Blackboard Collaborate
2.9
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Mobile support
Blackboard Collaborate
1.2
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Screen Sharing

Blackboard Collaborate
6.5
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Desktop sharing
Blackboard Collaborate
6.4
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Whiteboards
Blackboard Collaborate
6.5
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Online Meetings / Events

Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Calendar integration
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Meeting initiation
Blackboard Collaborate
6.5
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Integrates with social media
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Record meetings / events
Blackboard Collaborate
7.6
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Slideshows
Blackboard Collaborate
7.6
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Online Events Collaboration

Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Live chat
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Audience polling
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Q&A
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Online Events Security

Blackboard Collaborate
6.3
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
User authentication
Blackboard Collaborate
6.3
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Participant roles & permissions
Blackboard Collaborate
6.3
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Confidential attendee list
Blackboard Collaborate
6.3
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Learning Management

Blackboard Collaborate
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.0
Course authoring
Blackboard Collaborate
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
9.0
Course catalog or library
Blackboard Collaborate
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
7.0
Player/Portal
Blackboard Collaborate
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
9.0
Learning content
Blackboard Collaborate
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.0
Mobile friendly
Blackboard Collaborate
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
5.0
Progress tracking & certifications
Blackboard Collaborate
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
7.5
Assignments
Blackboard Collaborate
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
10.0
Learning administration
Blackboard Collaborate
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.0
Learning reporting & analytics
Blackboard Collaborate
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.5
Social learning
Blackboard Collaborate
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.0

Pros

Blackboard Collaborate

  • The ability to host a number of people in a meeting and manage their participation via text and audio.
  • The screen sharing features allows presenters to demonstrate procedures exactly as instructed on the screen. This also allows the presenter to permit others to share their screens if they need clarification of something or to share further ideas.
  • The software gives you the freedom to use a whiteboard to draw/demonstrate concepts to students and other employees.
Carly Pietrzyk, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

  • Hand in/Hand Out Assignments
  • Standards Based Assessments
Mike Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Logging in can be challenging for students who are not exactly computer literate. The program's reliance on an updated Java can be a real source of frustration for students and parents.
  • Accessing sessions once they've been recorded is a bit cumbersome. It is especially difficult for professors who are not as computer literate.
  • Accessing a virtual classroom could be improved. I would like to see a customizable "button" or "widget" option that can be placed on a professor's webpage.
Laura Abercrombie | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

  • The user interface is a little blocky and not entirely user-friendly.
  • It does take more training than we'd like with new staff.
Amy Westby | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a tool that faculty likes to use. It has so much flexibility to allow students to see a class even if they happen to not be available in the classroom.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 8.9
Based on 3 answers
Blackboard collaborate, is very easy to use, in my opinion. However, I consider myself fairly computer and technologically literate. Some professors, students, and parents I know who try to use the software have a difficult time with it. Some suggestions for improvement--I think there should be an autostart tutorial for participants (and session leaders, if I'm being honest) with an checkbox option to "never see this again" if you find yourself to be an expert. It should cover the basics such as: the raise hand feature (or the other polling features), the chatbox feature, the whiteboard feature, and the mic/camera. This way, we don't have students freaking out when they enter the session and us having to calm them down every single time. It may make the program a little less "lightweight" which I know is what you're going for--but it makes the workflow more challenging for those of us actually using the software regularly.
Laura Abercrombie | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The availability of the software is quite impressive. You can access it at any time that you want and from anywhere that you want, but that depends on how the software is set up by the University. There might be sudden outages due to not having enough space on your database, which we had that very issue happen recently here at our University. During that time, you could not access their blackboard at all until it was brought up online again.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The performance of the software is remarkable. The loading speed of the pages is more than satisfying, it all depends on the users internet package. So far, there wasn't any issue of Blackboard slowing down other software or systems when integrated with them
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard support is quite knowledgeable and quick to respond to requests.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

PowerSchool Unified Classroom 8.5
Based on 2 answers
They are very responsive to the issues that we have and follow through with their assistance. Having a live assist that is available when our teachers need it is essential too. They also seem to listen to suggestions on making improvements and have been transparent with us when renovations are done.
Mike Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Blackboard Collaborate

While other products can handle more active participants in a meeting at one time, Blackboard Collaborate has a much simpler and easy-to-use interface that makes it an ideal product for one to many presentations. It integrates fully with multiple learning management systems to allow simply scheduling as well as has a separate front-end to allow for use outside of the LMS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

I have used markbook and gradebook. Each system had good features that were slightly different but the fact that this one is web based and accessible makes it the best of the 3 I have used. The learning curve to using the program is similar to the other 2 and overall has allowed me to save time reporting to students and parents.
Mark Perry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The reason for this rating is that the software is a pretty good tool that can be utilized for use in all of the Universities around the world. It has the capability to fulfill the needs of various different education systems. Although, there are slight improvements that are needed, therefore the rating is at 8.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Collaborate Ultra has been the most effective for us for training faculty virtually.
  • Faculty have been excited that they can have a remote guest speaker in their classroom, and all they need to do for set up is to e-mail that guest speaker a link to join the session.
  • Collaborate Ultra is beyond useful for faculty to meet with online students who are either across the country, or even in other countries, with tools that really help to focus on course work.
Joseph Axenroth | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

  • Positive impact- i don't know how much it costs but every teacher spends probably 1-4 hours on powerschool every week but it streamlines communication
Saloni Hemani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Blackboard Collaborate

Pricing Details

Blackboard Collaborate

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackboard Collaborate
3.1
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Blackboard Collaborate
9.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Usability

Blackboard Collaborate
8.9
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Reliability and Availability

Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Performance

Blackboard Collaborate
9.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Support Rating

Blackboard Collaborate
9.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
8.5

Scalability

Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

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