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Apps and Websites for Improving Parent-Teacher Communication

Abrupt phone calls, forgotten emails, and stressful parent-teacher conferences are some of the more familiar ways to connect with parents, but not necessarily the most productive. These apps and websites provide instant, practical, and regular communication tools to encourage active engagement between students, teachers, and parents alike.

ParentSquare Visit Website: https://www.parentsquare.com/
Versatile communication tool fosters parent involvement
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Contact for pricing
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Sesame Publisher: Sesame HQ
Portfolio tool keeps report cards from being a surprise
Grades Pre-K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 5
ClassTag Visit Website: https://www.classtag.com/
Flexible user-friendly tool gets parents and teachers in sync
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Seesaw: The Learning Journal Publisher: Seesaw, Inc.
Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
ClassDojo Visit Website: http://www.classdojo.com/
Handy management and messaging tool helps recognize, reward students
Grades K-6
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
ClassDojo Messenger Publisher: Class Twist Inc
Connect with kids and parents using quick, easy text or image updates
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Mindprint Learning Visit Website: http://www.mindprintlearning.com/
Expert feedback and tools designed for individual learner profiles
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Edublogs Visit Website: https://edublogs.org/
Customizable classroom blogs get students writing and collaborating
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
FreshGrade Visit Website: http://freshgrade.com
A fresh way to capture, document, and share student learning
Grades 3-9
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 5
Blogger Visit Website: https://www.blogger.com
Versatile, easy-to-use blog platform best used with teacher guidance
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Athena's Workshop Visit Website: https://www.athenasworkshop.com
Texting platform for students, parents, has extra classroom features
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Remind Visit Website: https://www.remind.com/
Teachers' text reminders give students -- and parents -- a reason to check their phones
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Weebly Visit Website: https://education.weebly.com/
Impressively easy-to-use website-creation tool
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
ClassPager Visit Website: http://www.classpager.com
Send simple text reminders and polls to students' cell phones
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Google Sites Visit Website: http://sites.google.com/
Make your own website with customizable templates
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Twitter Visit Website: http://www.twitter.com
Smart classroom tool if used with care; priceless for PD
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
WordPress Publisher: Automattic
Inviting, customizable mobile blog platform with easy-to-use interface
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4