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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 as well as 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. For more tips and resources, check out our page on how to Power Up Your Parent-Teacher Communication

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ParentSquare

Versatile communication tool fosters parent engagement and involvement

Bottom line: A convenient way to help schools streamline communication among administrators, support staff, teachers, and parents.

SchoolCNXT

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.

Sesame

Portfolio tool keeps report cards from being a surprise

Bottom line: A great way for teachers, students, and parents to keep tabs on student progress and to better assess students holistically.

TalkingPoints

Basic multilingual texting tool enhances school-to-home communication

Bottom line: Easy-to-use tool for supporting communication and engagement with families in any of 20 languages.

ClassDojo

Handy management and messaging tool helps recognize, reward students

Bottom line: With thoughtful classroom implementation, it can help students, teachers, and parents support students' growth through goal-setting and celebration.

Bloomz

Full-featured parent-teacher communication platform

Bottom line: Provided all parents have access, Bloomz can be a great way to get them involved.

ClassTag

Flexible user-friendly tool gets parents and teachers in sync

Bottom line: A fabulous way to coordinate the little sign-ups that make a big difference.

Otus

Free LMS feels rich in offering data-driven differentiated instruction

Bottom line: This teacher-created site solves more problems than it causes, but it will take some up-front professional development to take full advantage.

Seesaw: The Learning Journal

Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents

Bottom line: Students can showcase their work in text, pictures, videos, and more.

Remind

Teachers' text reminders give students -- and parents -- a reason to check their phones

Bottom line: Well-designed, widespread messaging tool can keep students and families connected with their schools -- provided they have access.

FreshGrade

A fresh way to capture, document, and share student learning

Bottom line: Multimedia documentation tools help communicate learning and expand assessment, and the addition of a gradebook sets this tool apart; still, student experience could use some polish.

Schoology

Top-tier LMS for digital classrooms

Bottom line: To make the most of Schoology, you'll need some ramp-up time and great tasks and assessments, but it can offer rich learning and collaboration experiences.

Chalkup

Elegant LMS tool keeps classroom conversation, collaboration going

Bottom line: The rare LMS designed for ease of use, and it doesn't sacrifice functionality with tons of opportunities to maximize learning, collaboration, and organization.

Athena's Workshop

Texting platform for students, parents, has extra classroom features

Bottom line: With creative use, this robust platform could help close the gap between in- and out-of-classroom learning.

Teachers.io

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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