9 Web Tools and Apps for Communicating More Effectively with Parents

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D. Hull

One goal teachers often struggle with is communicating regularly with parents. Sending emails or texts to every parent is time-consuming. Additionally, English might not be their first language. The following free web tools and apps help teachers communicate with parents quickly and often will translate messages into several different languages. Find more tips for engaging parents in my presentation, Engaging Parents with Technology and Social Media.

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Parent Communication Tools

  • Remind is a teacher parent communication iOS/Android app. Send text messages with links, images, and attachments to anyone who subscribes. Translate messages into more than 70 languages.
  • Class Tag offers a variety of tools to communicate with parents via text messages or the phone. Messages are translated in the parent’s preferred language then back to English.
  • Talking Points is a text messaging tool to help schools and teachers communicate with parents in their native language.
  • Class Dojo is an iOS/Android app for sharing photos and videos of wonderful classroom moments.
  • Bloomz is an iOS/Android app and web tool for sharing photos, videos, and announcements in multiple languages.
  • GSuite (Google’s Suite of Apps) has incredible features to translate and send emails quickly.  One Google Spreadsheets add-on I use frequently is FormMule, which helps teachers send up to 100 individualize emails within minutes using a template.
  • Simply Circle is a web tool and app teachers and parents can use to post updates and announcements, share pictures and upload documents.
  • Create parent newsletters and announcements with Buncee or Smore.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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