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Best Messaging Apps and Websites for Students, Teachers, and Parents

These apps and websites for texting, messaging, and communication make it easier for teachers to send out assignments, reminders, and progress reports and communicate with parents and students about conferences, field trips, and volunteer opportunities. This list will help you find a tool to keep your communication consistent, reach parents on platforms they're already using, and, in some cases, give students the opportunity to lead the conversation by demonstrating their learning in the classroom. 

Want to know what our favorite messaging app is for families and teachers? You should check out our article.

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Friendly, free tool for school-to-home communication facilitates connection

Bottom line: This versatile platform offers lots of possibilities for classroom management and keeping caregivers in the loop if teachers create meaningful posts and interactions.


Share files, photos, videos with simple caregiver communication platform

Bottom line: A simple, practical tool for fostering communication between home and school.

LivingTree Engage

Home-school messaging best for organizing events, simple communication

Bottom line: This free tool has the basic pieces of a group messaging platform but lacks some fancier bells and whistles.


Versatile communication tool fosters parent engagement and involvement

Bottom line: A solid, comprehensive way to help schools streamline communication between school staff and families.


Messaging platform offers tight focus on school-to-home connection

Bottom line: Well-designed, highly effective messaging tool delivers on its promise to connect home and school.


Stellar translation, speech features boost parent-teacher messenger

Bottom line: If your school or district makes the investment, this is a neat and accessible way to keep parents engaged.

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Multilingual texting tool enhances school-to-home communication

Bottom line: Easy-to-use tool for supporting communication and engagement with families in 100+ languages.


Full-featured school-to-home communication platform delivers with style

Bottom line: This multifunctional platform connects families, teachers, and students with a ton of features.

FreshGrade Connect

Multimedia digital portfolios connect students, teachers, and parents

Bottom line: It's designed with student learning in mind, and teachers can encourage students to submit quality content and engage in reflective feedback.

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Exemplar bridge between home and school also aids learning

Bottom line: When used thoughtfully, ClassDojo can help teachers and families support students' growth through goal-setting, reflection, and celebration.


Flexible, user-friendly tool gets teachers and families in sync

Bottom line: Practical communication options allow teachers to effectively communicate classroom happenings and needs to families.

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Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents

Bottom line: A powerful multimedia learning and communication tool that demonstrates student progress over time.


Asynchronous audio response tool encourages all students to speak up

Bottom line: This tool offers classrooms a space for short, impactful voice-based discussions, but it's lacking some key ways to modify the experience.


Messaging tool helps classrooms forge and foster meaningful dialogue

Bottom line: This tool opens up avenues for conversation and relationship building between teachers and students.

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Free LMS for digital classrooms packed with possibilities

Bottom line: This is an LMS that offers rich learning and collaboration experiences when matched with creative tasks and assessments.

Organizational tool helps teachers plan, communicate with students

Bottom line: Scheduling solution for teachers is at its best when used alongside student homework app.

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