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Likelihood to Recommend

Edsby

Edsby is well-suited for day-to-day communication with students, either in the classroom, or at home. It makes planning course progression easier because of the built in day-by-day calendar for the semester. It is transferable, so the work one does in one semester can be copied over to the next, and modified as needed. Students can see the Lesson Plan which is projected onto the SmartBoard, but the font is quite small so they cannot read it from where they are sitting, so I use SmartNotes which has a larger font and then, if needed, attach that note to the Edsby day lesson planner.
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PowerSchool SIS

I don't believe I have any situations where PowerSchool wouldn't be appropriate. It helps to keep student information readily available for teachers to gain contact info, health info, grades, and attendance. It has made it nice for myself to not have paper files for each student in my desk for four sections since I can look everything up on my computer.
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Pros

Edsby

  • Edsby is extremely easy to learn and use.
  • Students love the "social media" feel to Edsby.
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PowerSchool SIS

  • PowerSchool houses student or staff information that can be easily accessed by those teachers and administrators who need the information. This allows everyone to go to one place to access information.
  • Parents can view their child's grades at any time with their protected login on a parent portal. This allows teachers to keep parents informed and involved in their child's progress at school. When everyone works together it increases our students' chance for success.
  • PowerSchool offers videos to train new users. When we have new employees, the videos can be accessed at any time the employee needs as opposed to them waiting for someone to help them.
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Cons

Edsby

  • Edsby shows the last time a user logged on. Unfortunately, if someone doesn't log out you have no way of knowing if someone has seen a recent post or is really using Edsby to its potential.
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PowerSchool SIS

  • The user interface could be more intuitive. Because of the many features, it can sometimes be difficult for administrators to find what they are looking for.
  • A recent upgrade allowing for more flexibility in the relationship between students and parents was long in coming and didn't go very smoothly. We are now dealing with a ton of clean-up after the upgrade. Even after we have cleaned everything up, there is still a ways to go before PowerSchool is on par with other SIS systems in that area. In their defense though, they are actively working on getting caught up.
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Likelihood to Renew

Edsby

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PowerSchool SIS

PowerSchool SIS 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We would be starting over at square one if we did not continue our PowerSchool subscription. We do not have a program in a place that would take its place.
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Usability

Edsby

Edsby 9.1
Based on 1 answer
It's very user friendly.
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PowerSchool SIS

PowerSchool SIS 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Great features, but it can feel very cumbersome at times
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Support

Edsby

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PowerSchool SIS

PowerSchool SIS 8.6
Based on 12 answers
Overall, I have not had to use support for PowerSchool Student Information System because our school district gives us training in each area in which we will be utilizing PowerSchool Student Information System. In terms of in-user support, I feel that there is mild to moderate user support that is built into PowerSchool SIS.
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Alternatives Considered

Edsby

There is no comparison. Edsby is a far superior product.
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PowerSchool SIS

PowerSchool Student Information is the gold standard for Student Information Systems. They know what they are doing, how to serve K-12 schools and school districts. The other Student Information Systems did not meet our districts minimum standards for the needs that we have, nor do they have the support that PowerSchool has.
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Return on Investment

Edsby

  • For the most part, teachers, parents and students love the system. It provides easy access to the information that they need when they need it.
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PowerSchool SIS

  • It has created shortcuts for all staff members, saving us time.
  • In creating shortcuts and combining many different systems into one, it is saving our school money.
  • It has created a safety net for teachers because grades and student information is stored electronically, which means teachers not having to worry about losing or misplacing their grade books.
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Pricing Details

Edsby

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

* per student

PowerSchool SIS

General

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

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