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PowerSchool SIS

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Likelihood to Recommend

LanSchool

A scenario where this is best suited is in a large classroom. The problem with education is monitoring students, from elementary to middle to high school students. Students will be distracted easily on technology unless they can be tracked and specific students addressed. As a result, Lenovo LanSchool would be the best option to use in this case in order to actually re-train students to pay attention and to keep them on track in their classroom. Where it would be less appropriate could be in small rooms where teachers can walk the classroom more often. Large classes require a long time to get from one side or one student and around to all of them, in large classes, this works well to help monitor and engage. In small classes, it is easy to engage students on a personal level when there are under 15 students per class. In small classes, this software could still support education with some of its key features, but in large classes and schools, this is the best use case for it.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

LanSchool

  • Monitoring computers to see what users need assistance with or seeing what they are doing to determine what you need to do to support the users.
  • Allowing control of the computer in order to show the user how to do a task they were having difficulties with.
  • Sharing the screen of another user to demonstrate what to do or showcasing their work.
  • Allows for restarting multiple computers at once.
  • Allows communication in a messaging format within the program
Dianna Wolf | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

LanSchool

  • Sometimes when "blanking" screens, it interrupts or freezes our student's computers, making them have to start over.
  • I wish that we could "delete" things from the drop-down "run" menu. Instead, they have to just wait until they eventually get bumped off after not using for a while. I also wish we could have this be the same on all of our classroom computers.
  • Would be great if it was easier to retrieve files from student computers. Great function, but it is really tedious and complicated to do so.
Karee Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Isa Dunaway | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

LanSchool

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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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

LanSchool

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PowerSchool SIS

PowerSchool SIS 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Great features, but it can feel very cumbersome at times
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

LanSchool

No score
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PowerSchool SIS

PowerSchool SIS 8.5
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.
Whitney Garnai, M. Ed. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

LanSchool

In terms of competition, there is no real competition that we have used at the school or find on the market. We use tools such as REMIND, MOODLE, and KAHOOT, but none of them would be a replacement for LanSchool. On the contrary, all of those tools would support what we do with LanSchool because it gets students in the comfort level of using different technology tools to communicate and be successful. Apple has a Remote Desktop tool, similar to LanSchool in most ways. The key difference between Apple's Remote Desktop and LanSchool is that Lenovo's LanSchool has a student app and a stronger teacher platform to use on non-Mac devices. Our school focuses on LanSchool because using it on a PC and on a MAC, it is the same interface with the same fluidity. Teaching students on MACs to use Remote Desktop and on PC's or Chromebooks to use LanSchool would be a misuse of resources and confusing for educators and students. The best system for engagement and student use would be via LanSchool on all operating systems.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

LanSchool

  • Students were more focused knowing I could see all computers at once.
  • My time was used more efficiently with having access to helping many people without having to go from computer to computer.
  • Students took pride in what they did knowing it could be shared during class to others.
Dianna Wolf | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Jennifer Kauffman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

LanSchool

General

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

PowerSchool SIS

General

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

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