ConnectYard, a company that integrates text messaging, social media, eMail, and other communication tools on a single platform, has announced a new partnership with Florida Virtual School (FLVS), reports the Brevard Times. The partnership aims to enhance student performance and retention by enabling more rapid and efficient communication and collaboration.

Today, text messaging and social media tools like Facebook and Twitter are high school students’ communication tools of choice. But because educators tend to rely on eMail and learning management system tools to communicate, the popularity of social media and texting among younger people has caused a communication gap between teachers, school administrators, and students. With the ConnectYard solution, FLVS students, teachers, and administrators will be able to communicate on the platforms they prefer to use.

FLVS and its teachers will not be required to “friend” or “follow” students on Facebook or Twitter, or vice versa; instead, ConnectYard enables schools, students, and teachers to send and receive messages seamlessly on their preferred platform, which can speed message receipt and response times and create a more cohesive, connected learning environment, the company says…

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