Sending emails regularly may be a good option when you have a lot of information to communicate, but what if your message is short — and urgent? In those cases, choosing an alternative to email or sending a flyer home with the student may be more effective and more efficient.In this excerpt from EdTechK12, Meghan Bogardus Cortez fills you in on four apps that may fit the bill:
As reported by Time, the average American checks his or her phone 46 times a day. Now, a number of apps have cropped up aimed at harnessing this attentiveness into parent-teacher communication.
Ranging from Facebook-like social formats to simple SMS reminders, these apps provide safe messaging options and communication tools to create a stronger relationship between teachers and parents. Here are a few worth checking out:
BloomzWith the vibe of a social networking site, Bloomz has teachers invite parents to join the class group. Once there, parents have access to class schedules, photo albums, private messaging with teachers and other parents, and interactive sign-up sheets.
SimplyCircleThough very similar to Bloomz, SimplyCircle can also be used by PTA and PTO organizations and other parent groups.
ClassDojoThis app, perfect for younger students, enables kids to regularly share is picture messages and achievements with their parents. With similar photo sharing and messaging, the app lets teachers report, long before the parent-teacher conference, the skills their students are excelling at and the areas they need to work on.
RemindThe simplest of these apps, Remind is aimed at parents of high school students. Teachers can use Remind to send schedule reminders, homework updates or even encouragement. The biggest difference with Remind is the flexibility of messaging. Communication can be done in app or through a simple SMS to a parent who doesn’t have the app.Meghan Bogardus Cortez via EdTechK12
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