FACTS Student Information System vs. Google Classroom

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FACTS Student Information System
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
FACTS Student Information System (formerly RenWeb) is a Student Information System that handles admissions, student information, billing, report cards, grading, attendance, and parent access, among others. FACTS is a property of Nelnet Business Solutions.N/A
Google Classroom
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
N/A
$0
per month
Pricing
FACTS Student Information SystemGoogle Classroom
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Education Fundamentals
$0
per license/per month
Google Workspace for Education Standard
$3
per student/per year
Teaching and Learning Upgrade
$4
per license/per month
Google Workspace for Education Plus
$5
per student/per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FACTS Student Information SystemGoogle Classroom
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsEducation Fundamentals Version - 30-day free trial for qualifying institutions.
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
FACTS Student Information SystemGoogle Classroom
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
FACTS Student Information SystemGoogle Classroom
Student and Faculty Administration
Comparison of Student and Faculty Administration features of Product A and Product B
FACTS Student Information System
9.3
5 Ratings
11% above category average
Google Classroom
-
Ratings
Integrations with 3rd-Party Education Technology8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Registration Management9.74 Ratings00 Ratings
District Communications, such as messaging and alerting9.85 Ratings00 Ratings
Roster Management9.85 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform Customization6.84 Ratings00 Ratings
Teacher Self-Service9.65 Ratings00 Ratings
Student Data Security9.95 Ratings00 Ratings
Community Support9.84 Ratings00 Ratings
Class Scheduling9.94 Ratings00 Ratings
State and National-level Reporting9.53 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance Support9.83 Ratings00 Ratings
Teacher and Parent Mobile Application9.64 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
FACTS Student Information System
-
Ratings
Google Classroom
7.7
53 Ratings
6% below category average
Course authoring00 Ratings7.445 Ratings
Course catalog or library00 Ratings7.436 Ratings
Player/Portal00 Ratings8.134 Ratings
Learning content00 Ratings8.038 Ratings
Mobile friendly00 Ratings7.651 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications00 Ratings7.240 Ratings
Assignments00 Ratings8.352 Ratings
Compliance management00 Ratings7.329 Ratings
Learning administration00 Ratings7.540 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics00 Ratings7.637 Ratings
Social learning00 Ratings7.746 Ratings
Gamification00 Ratings6.95 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning00 Ratings8.47 Ratings
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User Ratings
FACTS Student Information SystemGoogle Classroom
Likelihood to Recommend
9.8
(9 ratings)
8.6
(73 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
1.0
(3 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
3.0
(4 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
1.9
(14 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
2.0
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
FACTS Student Information SystemGoogle Classroom
Likelihood to Recommend
FACTS
We base our entire student data on the Student ID that is produced in FACTS. We create user accounts for technology and online textbooks as well as their lunch account, all based on the Student ID. We also can run many different reports using the SID as the data constant and all the other information variables are available as needed to report.
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Google
- During the pandemic, the college needs a fast and easy solution to conduct Google Classroom. The integration with Google Accounts and Google Meet allows the university to run and access the Classroom on a large scale. - The teacher wants to conduct some exams in third-party software like Moodle. But we have not found any plugin for this famous open-source learning platform. The exam system in Google Classroom is so poor that it doesn't even fully screen the test when students are writing their exams.
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Pros
FACTS
  • Easy to use grade book
  • Simple way to store and access health information, behavior reports, and family contact information.
  • We use FACTS in the residential aspect of our organization.
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Google
  • Student-teacher communication - I love using Classroom for this because my students can always go back and check what was on Classroom by looking through the stream. This way they don't have to go dig through emails to find what they're looking for.
  • Posting to multiple classes - I can post the same announcement or assignment to multiple classes at once without having to repeat the process or send separate emails.
  • Streamlining grading - when students turn work in on Classroom, it all goes to one place and then when I'm grading I can open their documents directly from Classroom or my Drive folder. This way, I'm not looking through emails and Google Doc shared files for their assignment.
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Cons
FACTS
  • It could use more space for uploading classroom media.
  • It could lessen the number of new open windows or frames for various functions that can be done on the same screen.
  • It could incorporate more social-media like tools to make it more native for students and parents.
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Google
  • Although usually in the discussion with other LMS apps such as Schoology and Canvas, Google Classroom doesn't possess as in-depth of a platform. There is no ability to set individual learning paths, pace student work with completion settings, or embed other apps directly into teacher-created assignments.
  • The assignment creation options are limited. Teachers can only choose from creating an assignment (usually a link with directions), a material (usually a doc/slide/website, etc), a question, and a quiz.
  • With gamification taking on a new lens in education, there really isn't any way to use gamification elements with Google Classroom. There isn't any way to create Individual learning paths, or use badges and micro-credentials within Classroom. Outside programs would have to be used.
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Likelihood to Renew
FACTS
It's user-friendly, the customer service is great, and we have a significant amount of time invested in training our faculty and staff to use many aspects of FACTS within their areas of responsibility. I really like the variety of reports I can generate which gives important data to our administration and Board.
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Google
Testing is particularly important in online learning, and Google Classroom falls far short of other learning management systems in this regard. Security is also a concern: while account control is reasonable for the account used with Google Classroom, the person controlling a particular account is often able to, for example, forward or download proprietary materials.
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Usability
FACTS
No answers on this topic
Google
This is only a product I would recommend to a humanities teacher. Math and science teachers cannot use this product the same way that I can as an English teacher. It is great for word process and for reading, but unable to handle the demands of math and science. Therefore, I would highly recommend this product to English or Social Studies teachers, but NOT math or science teachers
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Reliability and Availability
FACTS
No answers on this topic
Google
We have had very little trouble in accessing Google Classroom. Our issues, if any, have risen from our server and not the Google servers.
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Support Rating
FACTS
No answers on this topic
Google
Since this platform is provided by Google, the technical support is better than any others, and we are not required to bother about the space constraints for adding the contents. If we have a good uninterrupted internet facility we can access Google Classroom without any delay or lag. They have app support in both Android and iPhone.
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Implementation Rating
FACTS
No answers on this topic
Google
It was relatively easy to implement due to the simplicity of the platform. Even our more technology challenged teachers found it easy to get started with Google Classroom.
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Alternatives Considered
FACTS
Switched from Blackbaud to RenWeb now FACTS. We made the change for affordability and because more software components were included. Blackbaud required the purchase of multiple additional modules.
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Google
I haven't tested or evaluated another digital classroom website or application. I feel like Google Classroom is convenient for many reasons such as compatibility to Google docs, slides, etc. I also love the ability to link to YouTube and other sites. I don't know if there would be a site that is easier to maneuver.
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Scalability
FACTS
No answers on this topic
Google
It is very easy to push out this program across our buildings. Teachers are able to use it without much trouble.
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Return on Investment
FACTS
  • Has paid for itself many time over with the abilities it provides.
  • Can be managed by as few or as many as needed so per employee cost is great.
  • Reporting is great for almost any topic needed all the way to How many took the ACT in spring.
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Google
  • Students are able to continue learning in a remote environment
  • Parents have a single, consistent organization structure to make it easy to track assignments and progress for multiple children
  • Much better solution than the quickly assembled Zoom-and-gloom of the previous spring when school abruptly went remote with no planning
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