5 Easy Ways to Communicate with Parents in the 21st Century

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Have you ever heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”? Well, in today’s fast-paced world, that village extends far beyond our classroom walls. As teachers, we know that creating a strong partnership with our kiddos’ parents is essential for our students’ success. That’s why I always strive to foster a two-way communication channel where parents feel informed, engaged, and empowered to support their child’s learning journey. Because, let’s face it, magic happens when parents and teachers are on the same page! Trust flourishes, bonds strengthen, and together, we become an unstoppable force dedicated to nurturing and guiding our young learners. Today, I’m sharing with you popular ways to communicate with parents that are fitting for today’s digital age!

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Why We Communicate with Parents

As educators, we have the incredible privilege of shaping young minds and guiding them on their educational journey. During the school year, we spend a large chunk of time with our students. We witness milestones, and provide structure, encouragement, and more! Our impact goes far beyond the classroom walls. When our student’s parents are actively involved and informed about their child’s progress, they become our partners in education. This partnership isn’t just about sharing updates or reminders. It’s about creating a collaborative environment where everyone is invested in the success of our students.

This image shows a teacher who is holding a in person conference in order to communicate with parents.

Communication with parents is more than just a one-way street, even if it sometimes feels that way. It’s a dynamic exchange that allows us to gain valuable insights into each child’s unique needs, interests, and strengths. When parents are able to share their perspectives and concerns, it opens up a dialogue that strengthens our understanding of their children. We can then tailor our instruction to meet the diverse needs of our students, ensuring that every child has the support and resources they need to thrive.

Most importantly, effective communication with parents builds trust. When parents know that they can rely on open, transparent communication from us, it fosters a sense of trust and confidence. This trust forms the foundation of a strong partnership that benefits the child and the entire learning community. From day one, I start working on making connections and building those bridges between myself and the parents so they can see that their children are in a classroom where they are valued and will be invested in.

How to Communicate with Parents

Whenever communication methods come up to communicate with parents, everyone immediately thinks about making phone calls. For some reason, that puts a lot of educators on edge. I bring this up not to judge because phone calls make me nervous as well, but to reassure you that there are other methods that produce the same end result of building connections with our parents!

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I’m talking about the day-to-day communication that keeps parents in the loop about what’s happening in their child’s classroom. In the past, I relied on sending home notes and newsletters stuffed into students’ take-home folders. Then came the digital age, and those notes and newsletters transitioned to emails. Let’s be honest. In today’s fast-paced society, email has even taken a backseat or quickly skimmed through. I do that myself! It’s all about texting and social media now.

So, here’s my take. If we want to communicate with parents effectively, we need to meet them where they are. That means embracing the same tools they use to stay connected in their daily lives. That’s why this year, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and exploring new avenues to enhance parent communication and hopefully increase involvement.

Digital Apps to Communicate with Parents

Now that we’re on board with the idea of embracing modern technology to communicate with parents, let’s dive into the fun part. We are exploring five fantastic apps that will revamp the way you connect with parents. Each of these apps offers unique features and benefits that cater to different communication preferences and needs. So whether you and your families prefer quick text updates, visual snapshots of classroom activities, or interactive platforms for sharing resources and announcements, there’s something here for everyone. Let’s take a closer look at each app and how it can help you strengthen your partnership with parents.

1. Remind

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The first method I’m using to enhance parent communication is by using a service called Remind. It’s like a digital megaphone that allows me to send updates, reminders, and announcements directly to parents’ phones via text or email. The best part? It’s completely free! Another great part that I love about Remind is that I don’t have to disclose my personal cell phone number, and neither do the parents.

Setting it up is a breeze. All I had to do was go to, create an account, and voila! I was given a special phone number and texting code that I could share with my parents. When they send a text to this number with the designated code, they automatically join my Remind group.

Parents love Remind because it allows them to quickly get information right on their cell phone. Plus, Remind has some handy features that make my life as a teacher a whole lot easier. For starters, I can schedule texts to go out at convenient times, like in the evening, or even days in advance for events like Picture Day or Field Trips. With the ability to add more than one class to my account, you’re able to create other groups for the sports teams you coach or clubs you sponsor.

If you’re looking for a simple yet powerful way to communicate with parents, Remind is definitely worth checking out. It’s like having a direct line of communication right at your fingertips. Plus, it’s making a real difference in how I engage with my students’ families.

2. ClassDojo

Next on our list is ClassDojo, another powerhouse in the world of parent communication apps. ClassDojo goes above and beyond simple messaging by providing a platform for sharing photos, videos, and class updates with parents. Let me tell you, it’s a game-changer!

This image shows the Class Dojo app which can be used when communicating with parents.

One of the things that sets ClassDojo apart is its user-friendly interface. Whether you’re a tech whiz or a novice, you’ll find ClassDojo easy to navigate. With its built-in rewards system, ClassDojo makes it fun for students to showcase their achievements and for parents to stay engaged in their child’s learning journey.

I’ve personally found ClassDojo to be an invaluable tool for keeping parents informed and involved. From sharing photos of classroom activities to sending out important updates, ClassDojo has become an essential part of my communication toolkit. My parents love the quick videos they receive of their children during the school day sharing what they are learning or explaining a creation they made!

So, if you’re looking for a fun and interactive way to engage parents and keep them connected to their child’s education, I highly recommend giving ClassDojo a try. It’s a win-win for everyone involved!

3. Seesaw

Now, let’s talk about Seesaw, an app that takes parent involvement to the next level. If you’re in search of a digital portfolio solution that not only allows students to showcase their work, but also keeps parents updated on their progress, Seesaw is the answer.

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Seesaw is innovative because it gives students more ownership of their learning. Our students are able to upload photos, videos, and documents directly to their digital portfolios. This allows them to showcase their learning journey in real-time. The amazing part is that parents can access these portfolios and leave comments. How awesome is that? This provides valuable feedback and encouragement to their child to keep doing their best. Plus, now our parents can see exactly what their kiddos are up to during the day instead of getting one or two-word responses when they ask in the car what they did in school.

Seesaw is a window into the classroom. It allows parents to see firsthand what their child is learning and how they’re growing academically. As a teacher, I can tell you how invaluable that level of transparency is. Talk about a trust builder!

To top it all off, Seesaw also offers many features designed to encourage collaboration and engagement. From voice recording and drawing tools to the ability to create interactive activities, Seesaw empowers students to take ownership of their learning and share it with the world.

4. Bloomz

This image features a teacher holding a phone showing the Bloomz app. This app is a great way to communicate with parents and increase parental involvement.

Next up, let’s talk about Bloomz. This is one of the ultimate all-in-one apps to use to communicate with parents. If you’re looking for a platform that combines messaging, scheduling, and volunteer coordination, Bloomz has got you covered. With features like class calendars, sign-up sheets, and behavior tracking, Bloomz streamlines communication and fosters more involvement from your parents.

Have you ever sent out a sign-up for a field trip or class party and heard nothing back? Some may say they heard crickets, while my kiddos may say we got ghosted. My teacher friends who use Bloomz comment on how easy it is to organize volunteers for classroom activities, field trips, and special events. Their parents find it easier to be able to sign up right then and there, which means more parent involvement. For us, that means more help on those not-so-structured but fun days!

5. SchoolStatus Connect

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Last but certainly not least, let’s shine the spotlight on SchoolStatus Connect (previously ClassTag). This is an app to communicate with parents in order to build a strong classroom community. SchoolStatus Connect makes it easier than ever to connect with your parents and keep them informed about what’s happening in the classroom.

It streamlines communication, so information can be easily be found and understood. When parents have easy access to the facts on what we are doing in the classroom or what needs to be done at home, there is higher involvement from our parents. Do you need to schedule a parent-teacher conference? No problem. You can easily coordinate schedules and send out reminders, which helps to ensure that every parent has the opportunity to participate. Maybe you need some more volunteers! Easily organize how many volunteers you need, when you need them, and where for any event! It’s a one-stop shop for all!

Communicate With Parents to Increase Involvement

So there you have it – my journey towards modernizing how I communicate with my parents with a “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mindset. Here’s the thing. . . while I’m diving headfirst into the world of digital communication, it doesn’t mean the old ways are obsolete. I’m simply expanding my toolkit by exploring new avenues to reach as many parents as possible.

This image shows a teacher who is communicating with a parent and student at a parent teacher conference.

Remember how important building trust and family communication can be for your kiddos. Knowing your families and understanding their needs and preferences is essential. Some of these methods may work wonders for you and your students, while others may not be accessible or suitable. And that’s okay. The important thing is to find what works best for you and your families to keep that two-way communication stable and strong.

When we’re all on the same page, when we trust each other and communicate openly, we become a team. A team dedicated to helping our students succeed, both inside and outside the classroom. Together, let’s continue to empower our students and support their journey toward success as a team!

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