parent communication

How To Record Your Spark Video in Multiple Languages

Do you have students and families in your school who speak more than one language? In schools and districts in different corners of the world, the answer to this question is often yes. Your students might speak another language at home. Families in your school might not speak the instructional language at your school and […]

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11 Must-Have Tech Resources for Parents

As a classroom teacher, parents often came to me looking for mobile apps, websites and resources. They want to find the best digital tools to help their children grow as students. This list can be shared with families at a back-to-school night or open house. You might choose a few of these ideas to share […]

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6 Tools for Communicating with Parents

This weekend I shared some of my favorite tech tools at a SimpleK12 webinar for hundreds of teachers! I love having the opportunity to talk to teachers about some of the amazing technology resources that are available. Whether traveling to schools or sharing favorites virtually, I’ve seen so many teachers excited about the tech tools […]

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Kinvolved: Messaging and Attendance Reporting App for Schools and Families

Kinvolved is a fantastic EdTech company I’ve had the pleasure of seeing present at events in New York City.  They’ve created an Attendance Reporting App. This app makes it easy for teachers and schools to communicate with parents in real time.  With Kinvolved teachers can send home information on student attendance that keeps parents informed and […]

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Classloom Parent Portal: Free Parent Communication App

Classloom is a free social communication platform and parent communication app for teachers and parents.  With Classloom, a teacher or class parent can open a group and invite parents by email.  You can use the group to share school events, homework assignments, exam schedule, announcements, photos and documents with members.  Group members are the only ones who can access content. Free Parent […]

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Get Parents Involved in Your Classroom with SimplyCircle

Earlier this summer I wrote about SimplyCircle, a free, safe and simple way to communicate with parents. Now they have apps for iOS and Android that are perfect for quick, on-the-go communication. It’s a great tool to get parents involved this school year. Get Parents Involved Sending photos.  Families love seeing their kids’ photos and artwork. With SimplyCircle’s […]

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New from ClassDojo: Class Story for Family Communication

ClassDojo is popular classroom tool that can help motivate students and keep track of behavior.  Parents can stay in the loop with ClassDojo Messaging which lets families see their child’s progress anytime and anywhere.  Class Story is a new addition to ClassDojo that makes it even easier to share the story of your day.  Teachers can […]

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SimplyCircle: A Free App to Simplify Teacher-Parent Communication

SimplyCircle offers teachers a free, safe and simple way to communicate with parents. Teachers can send updates, create events and tasks, and request volunteer signups. Users are also able to share documents and photos with the entire classroom. This Teacher-Parent Communication app is certainly a good tool for educators to explore. They can message individual parents privately […]

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Mobile Parent Communication (with Students) from Tocomail

Looking for a Mobile Parent Communication tool? With Tocomail teachers can effectively create a walled garden class communication environment as they manage and monitor student communication.  Tocomail is also a great option for communication outside of classroom.  The families of your students can practice digital literacy skills at home by setting up parent accounts.  Parents can […]

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Use Remind to Reach Parents and Students

Remind is a fantastic platform for helping teachers and schools reach students and families.  Formerly known as Remind101, this web and app based tool lets users send text messages to a large group without having to worry about collecting phone numbers or giving out their own.  Teachers can schedule messages to remind families when assignments are due […]

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