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6 apps to help parents and teachers communicate

By Laura Devaney, Director of News, @eSN_Laura
January 22nd, 2016

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Keep parents in the loop with these tools

Educators know that students’ home lives play an integral role in their academic success. Communication between teachers and parents makes it easier for educators to understand the outside challenges students may deal with, and it helps parents understand how they can better support their children in school.

SimplyCircle
SchoolCircle helps parents stay connected to teachers by organizing school communications in a central dashboard with action items and alerts.

Ringya
Ringya lets users create groups and, within those groups, create subgroups or lists. Users can call, text, email, and chat with individuals, subgroups, or the entire group. Group members are identified by how they’re connected to the user, so a teacher knows who is calling or texting.

GroupMe
This device-agnostic group texting tool helps parents text fellow parents who have students in their child’s class, and lets teachers text all classroom parents or smaller groups. It also works over SMS.

Class Messenger
Class Messenger helps teachers send home important notes and updates. They can see exactly which parents have read each note. And whether via app, text, or email, communication through Class Messenger is always private.

ClassDojo Messenger
The ClassDojo app targets students’ behavior and helps them improve those behaviors and engagement levels with awards. Teachers record real-time feedback and can print or email behavior sheets for parents. The Messenger app makes it easier for teachers to instantly communicate with parents and send notes, photos, attachments, and more.

Celly
Teachers can schedule text messages to make sure information is sent, and can communication privately with parents and students. Students use the tool for group collaboration and for out-of-school discussions about lessons or homework help.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney is Director of News for eSchool Media.