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Blackboard Classroom
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Class lists
The Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) offers packages for four different demographics: government, business, higher education, and K-12.

The Blackboard system uses video applications to teach and share knowledge and has chat and social media tools that allow teachers to interact with students or students to interact with each other. There are also tools for teachers and students to create a learning environment called Blackboard Unite. Its virtual classroom solution is known as Blackboard Collaborate.

Apps are available for students and teachers so that either group can use smartphones as part of the learning process.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Reports
  • Integration

Cons

  • No grade books

What Customers Are Saying

Most users seem to like Blackboard Classroom, but most complaints are the same. Educators really like the sheer amount of features it offers and that it's standardized in many locales across the country. However, most reviewers note the frequent updating for aesthetics severely clutters the interface and requires learning the software all over again.

Summary

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Blackboard Classroom
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    30 Days Free Trial
    Offers Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Attendance Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Class lists
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ClassDojo
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Online
  • Class lists
This software app’s goal is to help teachers manage classroom activities and student behaviors. Teachers can share messages, videos, and pictures with their students and parents and use the read receipt function to see which parents and students have opened the messages.

The instant translation function is designed to help teachers with students or parents for whom English may not be their first language. ClassDojo is designed to help parents continue learning activities at home with the guidance of teachers. Not all students, however, may respond positively to the way the software publicly displays their success on projects.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Reports
  • Attendance management

Cons

  • No tests/assessments
  • No grade books

What Customers Are Saying

Teachers and parents alike really enjoy ClassDojo, especially that it lets parents feel they're truly a part of their child's education. They also love that there's a mobile app. One complaint we noticed many users making is that emails and notifications don't come in real time, leading to a frustrating experience for all parties involved.

Summary

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ClassDojo
  • Starting Price
    • Free
  • Free Trial/Demo
    7 Days Free Trial
    Offers Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Online
  • Attendance Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Online
  • Class lists
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Edsby
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Grade books
Edsby is a cloud-based LMS used by K-12 school districts to communicate information to teachers, students, and parents. Teachers can use Edsby to perform functions like viewing or arranging class schedules and monitoring student profiles and progress. Students can access Edsby to see their class schedules and monitor their grades and student clubs.

Parents can use Edsby to follow their children’s progress and communicate with their teachers. They can also learn about important school events and information. District administrators can use the software to view key statistics about any school in the district.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Reports
  • Class lists

Cons

  • No pricing on website
  • No free trial

What Customers Are Saying

Teachers really enjoy the communal aspects of Edsby since it allows for communication with students, parents, and colleagues. They also appreciate the visibility available to parents within the software. A few users noted that they wished the software had the ability to distribute files among students without the need to download files, but the developer says functionality is included in Edsby Panorama.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Offers Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Attendance Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Grade books
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Faronics Insight
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours
  • Class lists
Faronics Insight has created computer lab management software for every size classroom. Its goal is to help teachers focus students’ learning in computer lab settings. Students can use their computers to directly ask for help from teachers and share information with each other. It allows teachers to gain control of all devices in a classroom or laboratory setting from one computer.

The software allows teachers to share their screen or the screen of any of their students with the entire class. The voting function allows teachers to check with students to see if they've understood a lesson.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Integrations
  • Reports

Cons

  • No attendance management
  • No report cards

What Customers Are Saying

A lot of users seem to think the idea of Faronics Insight is great — namely, the ability to present any screen in a computer lab to another. However, the biggest complaint we recorded wasn't necessarily with the software itself but rather with educators correctly implementing the software with another LMS.

Summary

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Faronics Insight
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    15 Days Free Trial
    Offers Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Attendance Management
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours
  • Class lists
LanSchool
LanSchool
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS,
  • iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours
LanSchool is a classroom management system that features a tool designed to help teachers make computer lab sessions more focused and useful for students. The software creates a thumbnail of each computer used in the laboratory, which is displayed on the teacher’s main screen. This allows teachers to check on students' attention and progress.

Teachers can share their screens with students when they want to explain an important element of a lesson. They can also eliminate internet access during tests and quizzes. If students want to bring their own device to school, they can install the LanSchool app on their computers, which will allow the teacher to control their screens during a lesson.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Class list
  • Test/assessment

Cons

  • No attendance management
  • No report cards

What Customers Are Saying

Users love the central management aspects of LanSchool. They love the ability to minimize distractions students are subjected to with features like website blacklists and the ability to control all student screens at once. Most complaints about LanSchool revolved around a "sometimes clunky" user interface that requires "going through several menus to find one feature."

Summary

LanSchool
LanSchool
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    30 Days Free Trial
    Offers Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Attendance Management
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS,
  • iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours

How We Chose the Best Classroom Management Software

As teachers turn to modern technologies to teach students in the classroom and at home, as well as reach out to parents, it’s important (particularly in the last year) that they have access to the best technology available. Teachers need software that’s easy for them and their students to use. We looked at classroom management software and selected the top five based on the following criteria:

Classroom Management Features

Teachers need features that will help them accomplish numerous tasks. We recommend software that includes features such as class lists, attendance management, and tests/assessments.

Integrations

Any new software needs to work with what’s already available. Ideally, the software will include pre-built integrations for tools that are often used together with classroom management software.

Reports

Teachers require feedback to know if new technology is improving performance. Detailed reports help the user assess and improve their classroom management practices.