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13 Apps and Websites for Improving Parent-Teacher Communication

Find out how to connect with parents in a simple, efficient way.

August 25, 2015
Kira DeVaul Education Content Assistant

CATEGORIES Parents and Families, Tools
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Phone calls, emails, and overbooked parent-teacher conferences are some of the more familiar ways to connect with parents. But these options aren't always the most productive. The apps and websites featured this week offer instant, practical, and simple ways to keep parents updated and students engaged in their learning.

So this year, do you want to:

  • Discuss topics and spur collaboration with parents and students? Check out Collaborize Classroom.
  • See a visual timeline of your students' progress that you can share with parents? Give ClassDojo a try.
  • Reach parents quickly and securely, while engaging your students, too? Head to Remind or ClassDojo Messenger.
  • Create a classroom blog or website to get students writing and parents reading? Try Edublogs or Blogger for blogs, Google Sites or Weebly for websites.
  • Adopt a multipurpose tool to send announcements to parents, handle grading, and be a digital portfolio for your students?  Check out FreshGrade.
  • Repurpose a tool you're (likely) already familiar with? Use Twitter to  get information out to connected parents and students.

To see more recommendations for this list as well as the rating of each app or website, visit the Top Picks List: 


Comments

Cathy Hink
Classroom teacher
Moorlands Elementary School
Kenmore, WA

The Seesaw app for learning portfolios has  transformed our school-home partnerships.  With this app I as a teacher or my students merely take a photo, take a video, add a note, create an audio comment, annotate pdf's an pictures and as I as the teacher add to a child's Seesaw portfolio,  their parents, simultaneously get an email message with a link to their child's work.  This creates a seamless and elegant way to collaborate with parent, save a child's work,    inform instruction,  progress over time, work with specialists or include admin in the case of showing evidence for an evaluation or IEP, etc.  Parents  LOVE this way of communication and so do I because it saves me time in writing emails in an attempt to capture and communicate both gains or challenges.  This is a MUST HAVE app for teachers in K-6 classes.  Go to this web site to learn more:  http://web.seesaw.me

 

Sajid Kalla
Researcher

How about Classtree? I am the founder and we carefully made it for 100% paperless communication even for consents and signatures. Teachers can simply capture and share PDF or photo with a sign holder, email a link through the existing channel to communicate.  http://bit.ly/1Pw8bMl

Classtree verifies parents and collects signature. 

Teacher just have to visit the results page and download all the consents with embedded signatures.  It is super easy and could save around 2-2.5 hours a day from sorting and filtering paper forms in the school bag. I strongly recommend this app.

Parents can sign even without a smart phone! http://bit.ly/1EMxx2J

 

James Gosling
Special education instructor
Focus Learning/Se Columbus High School
Columbus, OH

Improve parent teacher communication, I suggest use for FREE app. Use for the school as a user select only free app if it is possible. mylyapp is free parent teacher communication app, school management app use for school, college and education institutes. myly has many features & benefits like, Improved brand images, Reduce use of paper, Secure data storage, Save communication cost & time, Get all communication even when the student is absent, Ask queries without calling or visiting your institutes, Pay activity fees via the app by net banking,credit/debit card and more. Download FREE app at https://www.mylyapp.com/

Sandeep Srivastava
Parent

Thanks Kira for letting us know about these 13 apps and websites for Parent Teacher communication app. These all are really useful no doubt, but there is one more effective app for school parent communication, which makes life very easy for both the parties. It does not only provide you parent - teacher messaging platform, but also makes school fee payment easier. Here you can know more about it - https://tenoapp.com/