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Score 8.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Illuminate DnA

I think it is well suited for K-12 schools, especially for tracking student growth over time. The ability to easily upload state assessment results and produce pre-built reports provides teachers actionable data. The online assessment system is more appropriate for secondary (grades 6-12) students in our district due to the types of assessments our elementary (K-5) students complete. I have some experience with other systems and think that the illuminate software offers more flexibility in the types of data that can be stored.
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Schoology

Schoology is a learning management system that is designed for K-12 schools. In my personal experience as an elementary school educator, students in grades 2-5 can easily use this LMS. However, it is not as primary friendly for our young K-1 students, who rarely use the program. At times, the program can be daunting to teaches who do feel as confident in their own tech skills, but with support, it is very usable
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Illuminate DnA
Schoology
8.5
Course authoring
Illuminate DnA
Schoology
9.2
Course catalog or library
Illuminate DnA
Schoology
8.7
Player/Portal
Illuminate DnA
Schoology
7.7
Learning content
Illuminate DnA
Schoology
8.4
Mobile friendly
Illuminate DnA
Schoology
8.1
Progress tracking & certifications
Illuminate DnA
Schoology
8.3
Assignments
Illuminate DnA
Schoology
9.0
Compliance management
Illuminate DnA
Schoology
8.5
Learning administration
Illuminate DnA
Schoology
8.9
Learning reporting & analytics
Illuminate DnA
Schoology
8.5
Social learning
Illuminate DnA
Schoology
8.7

Pros

Illuminate DnA

  • Online assessment creation
  • Online assessment administration
  • Data analysis
  • Data tracking
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Schoology

  • Brings together students, school, and parents to have access to one site.
  • Allows students to see materials, assignments, due dates in real-time. No longer need to write down the calendar from inside the classroom.
  • Allows for absent or homebound students to access materials, engage in the classroom activity, and stay current with classroom progress.
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Cons

Illuminate DnA

  • It would be nice if it communicated in real time with our other student database systems. We have to do a nightly update to share information with other systems, and still, some data gets stuck and needs to be "wiped".
  • The intervention tracking system, OnTrack, is difficult to set up and manage.
  • Assessment item banks could offer a better variety of items.
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Schoology

  • A streamlining of the process could help when teachers are transitioning it. The grading area needs some help. I often have classes of over 30, and scrolling up and down to click a kid's name and then see their work is really tedious.
  • Schoology does take a lot more clicks to get things done than some other LMSs.
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Likelihood to Renew

Illuminate DnA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Schoology

Schoology 9.1
Based on 5 answers
While we have taken time to re-evaluate our selected 1:1 devices, Schoology's impact on student learning is unquestioned. Students are able to connect with other learners, create and share products of their learning, and develop their digital fluency through their use of Schoology.
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Usability

Illuminate DnA

Illuminate DnA 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Illuminate DnA is a very usable system. A few items to learn and set up can be a bit time-consuming. However, once set up it is easy to use and powerful for a school that staff can master quickly. It has more features then we actually use but I hope we will over time.
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Schoology

Schoology 8.8
Based on 6 answers
It's very easy to use Schoology. As with any LMS, it helps to learn some tips and tricks prior to getting started. But, each item is clearly indicated within the platform. If I want to add materials, it is right at the top of my screen. If I want to view the calendar, it is indicated to the right of my screen. Navigating a course and the platform is quite straightforward. Additionally, the benefit of Schoology's help center and user community makes asking and answering questions quick and easy.
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Support

Illuminate DnA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Schoology

Schoology 9.1
Based on 5 answers
We have county-level support and district-level support, but their HELP page offers everything that is needed to answer questions and to find "how-to" information for staff. This includes video and written directions for every available feature. Schoology has also worked with our district to improve their product.
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Alternatives Considered

Illuminate DnA

Illuminate DnA offers more flexibility and additional features that our previous Data Director system offered. We were looking for a system that offered an online assessment portal and the ability to create elementary standard-based report cards when we selected the illuminate DnA software. We were impressed with the ability to easily create custom reports and liked the comprehensive student profile page.
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Schoology

Schoology provides a much more user-friendly experience for students and instructors while providing most, if not all, of the same functionality of Blackboard. In addition, Schoology adds additional social experiences that encourage student collaboration inside and outside of the classroom. There is also a strong community of educators who use Schoology, providing many peer learning groups for instructors to collaborate, share materials, and provide ideas for classroom content
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Return on Investment

Illuminate DnA

  • Positive ROI. The tool is powerful for the cost
  • Quick data gathering and analysis
  • Easy assessment administration
  • Reduced paper consumption
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Schoology

  • Using Schoology to build a foundation for a blended learning model has helped increase my students ABC rate between 15-20% in all classes!
  • Using Schoology is forcing my students to become responsible for their own learning!
  • The only negative thing I have encountered is the students resistance to change!
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Pricing Details

Illuminate DnA

General

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

Schoology

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Illuminate DnA
9.0
Schoology
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Illuminate DnA
Schoology
9.1

Usability

Illuminate DnA
8.0
Schoology
8.8

Support

Illuminate DnA
Schoology
9.1

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