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Score 6.8 out of 101
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Score 8.2 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackboard Collaborate

It definitely is well suited for department meetings and communication between students and teachers for online tutoring. I actually think it could be useful for a variety of companies, especially for employee training purposes. It may be a bit too complicated for generic communications with clients.
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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
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Blackboard Collaborate
7.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
High quality audio
Blackboard Collaborate
7.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
High quality video
Blackboard Collaborate
6.9
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Low bandwidth requirements
Blackboard Collaborate
5.8
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Mobile support
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Screen Sharing

Blackboard Collaborate
7.4
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Desktop sharing
Blackboard Collaborate
6.9
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Whiteboards
Blackboard Collaborate
7.9
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Online Meetings / Events

Blackboard Collaborate
8.4
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Calendar integration
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Meeting initiation
Blackboard Collaborate
7.7
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Integrates with social media
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Record meetings / events
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Slideshows
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Online Events Collaboration

Blackboard Collaborate
8.7
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Live chat
Blackboard Collaborate
8.7
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Audience polling
Blackboard Collaborate
8.8
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Q&A
Blackboard Collaborate
8.6
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Online Events Security

Blackboard Collaborate
7.9
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
User authentication
Blackboard Collaborate
7.0
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Participant roles & permissions
Blackboard Collaborate
8.6
PowerSchool Unified Classroom
Confidential attendee list
Blackboard Collaborate
8.3
PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Pros

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Collaborate makes it easy to share screens, presentations, and images in a digital classroom, which is essential when teaching difficult concepts to people who are not in the same room as the presenter.
  • Collaborate even allows for small-group work WITHIN a larger group. Our teacher was able to break us out into smaller "rooms" for small discussions and presentation prep.
  • The basic controls and modules are easy to learn and teach with presenters.
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PowerSchool Unified Classroom

  • the interface is very easy to see, view, and use
  • It houses many different types of information, like attendance, grades, discipline issues, requests for administration support
  • it is helpful to maintain all grades for each class
  • it allows parents to view comments from teachers for each grade so they understand the full picture
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Cons

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Some of the more advanced features are difficult to use.
  • Troubleshooting at home can be difficult--if it doesn't open for some reason, etc.
  • I have been kicked off repeatedly before (although this might be more my own computer functionality, rather than the program).
  • Sometimes there is a lag, causing the presenter's voice to need to catch up/speed up.
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PowerSchool Unified Classroom

  • I teach 15 different sections of classes and it is hard to view sections all at once to enter grades in
  • Navigating through all of the tabs to know how to view grades is hard- whether it is Assignments view, or by students, etc.
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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.
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PowerSchool Unified Classroom

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 8.9
Based on 3 answers
Collaborate is a easy to use, easy to learn, and a well supported product. It is not overly complex yet it is quite feature rich. I think that most users (both instructors and students) should find it easy to use without much outside help.
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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.
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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
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PowerSchool Unified Classroom

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard support is quite knowledgeable and quick to respond to requests.
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PowerSchool Unified Classroom

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Blackboard Collaborate

When Collaborate was chosen, other products investigated included Wimba (a predecessor), Big Blue Button, TinyChat, and others. Collaborate, though requiring a greater financial investment, was superior to other options in essentially all respects. Its integration into our existing LMS is seamless and important in our setting. Furthermore, the recording and access to the recordings likewise integrated into the LMS is another highly desirable feature. Finally, and perhaps most compelling for some, is the vendor-hosting model for Collaborate, which does not require clients to setup or maintain the necessary server and other resources
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PowerSchool Unified Classroom

PowerSchool is similar to Schoology but actually has one less component: assignment uploads. Schoology is very helpful because it also students to upload their assignments on dropbox, which syncs automatically to the grade book, which allows me to view who has submitted things on time and who hasn't. I'm able to create Rubrics in Schoology itself which also helps the grading process because it ties in directly to their overall grade after I submit their rubric scores. Powerschool is helpful because it allows for attendance and access across the board with all parties.
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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.
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PowerSchool Unified Classroom

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Essential real-time conversations between instructors and students that are an important part of the learning experience.
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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
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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

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