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Likelihood to Recommend

SchoolSpeak

Specifically speaking, SchoolSpeak is best used and only really utilized in education. From K-12 it serves a great purpose in terms of parent interaction and direct communication with parents about child performance, attendance, and scores in school. At younger ages, I think it will be even more appropriate for it to be used to create strictly parent platforms for helping them enroll in things they can do at home for their kids, teach their own children, and monitor their own children—especially if they are stay-at-home parents, homeschooling, or the children are not enrolled in school yet. I think a great idea would be creating a parent portal for newborns with daily activities to do from birth through age three, when they may go to pre-school. This is the only additional option I think that SchoolSpeak could serve.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Synergy Education Platform

Very slow, you literally have to click save for every transaction or it is lost. It should have an autosave feature.It should have automatic commands:E for excusedor a one-click solution for excusing student work
Nichole Kellerman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Student and Faculty Administration

SchoolSpeak
Synergy Education Platform
8.3
Integrations with 3rd-Party Education Technology
SchoolSpeak
Synergy Education Platform
3.0
Online Registration Management
SchoolSpeak
Synergy Education Platform
10.0
District Communications, such as messaging and alerting
SchoolSpeak
Synergy Education Platform
10.0
Roster Management
SchoolSpeak
Synergy Education Platform
10.0
Platform Customization
SchoolSpeak
Synergy Education Platform
10.0
Teacher Self-Service
SchoolSpeak
Synergy Education Platform
1.0
Student Data Security
SchoolSpeak
Synergy Education Platform
10.0
Community Support
SchoolSpeak
Synergy Education Platform
10.0
Class Scheduling
SchoolSpeak
Synergy Education Platform
10.0
State and National-level Reporting
SchoolSpeak
Synergy Education Platform
10.0
Compliance Support
SchoolSpeak
Synergy Education Platform
5.0
Teacher and Parent Mobile Application
SchoolSpeak
Synergy Education Platform
10.0

Pros

SchoolSpeak

  • One thing it does well is one of the tools it incorporation, volunteer forms. These forms work for parents, teachers, and students. One of the hardest things to do is to get confirmation sign-ups and support. This streamlines the process of organizing events.
  • The gradebook interface is easy to use and understand. In order to take attendance, complete grades and give assignments, SchoolSpeak actually is an easy platform to learn and is smoothly integrated.
  • Archiving of past classes is easy to do and important because schools need to retain records for a long time after students have moved on.
  • The platform lets you organize students and find them quickly by graduation.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Synergy Education Platform

  • Analytics
  • Engagement Data
  • Streamlined Information
Jaclyn Parker, MPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SchoolSpeak

  • It can definitely have room for improvement in the design and template options. Using a more appealing layout like WIX or WEEBLY offer, but integrating the school speak platform into it would be a wonderful layout and great functionality.
  • I would love to see social media integration. For business courses and media courses, there should be the ability to have social platforms connect directly and load within ShcoolSpeak. Social Media is the newest marketing strategy and it is left out of functionality here.
  • Custom font downloads would make the design much easier and more attractive. The fonts they allow you to use are basic and overly common.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Synergy Education Platform

  • Less downtime during the day.
  • Not logging out after a certain time of inactivity.
  • Online user-manuals for each school district.
Whitney Garnai, M. Ed. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

SchoolSpeak

Moodle Rooms is a free platform but involves the need to be computer savvy. It is easy to use as well as SchoolSpeak. However, SchoolSpeak does have a direct communication platform with parents something that Moodle does not currently offer. This itself is a huge competitive advantage. The comparison then becomes, would you like to do less work but purchase SchoolSpeak, or do more work using multiple platforms but they are free. The SchoolSpeak platform does offer much more for the investment. Longer term and with full school integration, the investment is worth it. If you were to mandate using a platform, it should be SchoolSpeak because there are fewer risks associated with having to coach and education teachers, and less risk of complaints.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Synergy Education Platform

Synergy is great at keeping all student data in one place.It is very inefficient for teachers entering grades.
Nichole Kellerman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SchoolSpeak

  • Positively speaking, it has a positive ROI. Although expensive, the platform does solve issues that we as educators have in giving parents daily information about their child in school. It is difficult to email all parents or call all parents, but a one-click platform really saves time and is worth the investment.
  • Negatively, there is a cost associated, and therefore, sometimes teachers can be given more work instead of buying a platform like this. Using other free tools could be more time consuming but cheaper.
  • Using School Speak we have seen parent involvement increase.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Synergy Education Platform

  • Saved Time
  • Saved Money
  • Easier to Access Analytics
Jaclyn Parker, MPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

SchoolSpeak

General

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

Synergy Education Platform

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SchoolSpeak
10.0
Synergy Education Platform
5.0

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