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

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Friendly, free tool for home-school 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.


Social media approach draws families into the daily classroom

Bottom line: Flexible, practical platform for sharing updates and information with families, creating positive communications.


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.


Teachers' text reminders keep students -- and parents -- up to speed

Bottom line: Well-designed, highly effective messaging tool has the potential to keep students and families connected with their schools.


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.


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 parent-teacher communication platform

Bottom line: One-stop multi-tool for parents, teachers, and students.


Exemplar bridge between home and school also aids learning

Bottom line: With thoughtful implementation, ClassDojo can help teachers and parents support students' growth through goal-setting, formative assessment, communication, and celebration.


Flexible user-friendly tool gets teachers and families in sync

Bottom line: Effective communication platform with practical options to meet classroom needs.


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.


Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents

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

FreshGrade Classic

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

Bottom line: Multimedia documentation tools and a customizable grade book help communicate learning and expand both summative and formative assessment.

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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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