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Communication Apps to Conquer the Classroom

Digital tools can simplify your communication with parents, students and other educators. With the many tools available today communicating is easier than ever. Avoid the telephone and evening calls from parents with these great communication apps.
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Communication Apps to Conquer the Classroom
  • Collaborize Classroom Library

    Website
    library.collaborizeclassroom.com
    library.collaborizeclassroom.com
    John Cork says:
    Collaborize Classroom is a free resource where teachers can “create, share and/or download inquiry-based discussions on any topic.”  Teachers can create their own discussion topic or use a discussion topic already created by other teachers.  Also, you have the ability  to attach documents or media to the conversation thread.  
  • John Cork says:
    Twitter is a simple and easy way to communicate with parents, students and teachers.  Create a unique hashtag for your class and send out a message (remember….it must be 140 characters or less) to the relevant individuals. Embed links in your Tweet to help guide students and parents to classroom announcements, homework assignments or your teaching blog.
  • John Cork says:
    This online course from the subscription based Lynda.com is, simply put, awesome. You'll learn how to use different social media platforms to "aid content mastery, increase academic focus, and foster effective classroom debate." Most of all you'll bring better communication to your teaching practice! The ideas to increase communication and collaboration with students are innovative and inspiring!
  • John Cork says:
    A free Google Presentation on using social media to communicate with parents and students. The presentation covers "guidelines, suggestions, and possibilities for using blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media for communicating with parents and students." Also, the presentation gives excellent examples to help you get started. Your only a simple click away so check out this informative presentation!
  • Remind

    Webtool
    remind.com
    remind.com
    John Cork says:
    Remind is a simple but incredibly powerful way to communicate with students and parents.  The website lets you personalize communication for classes, small groups or individuals by sending messages to any device (including SMS).  You can also attach photos, videos and voice clips.  Best of all you can set reminders in advance so your messages are sent automatically.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Parent Communication Toolbox

    10 minute read
    John Cork says:
    This excellent article puts forth some excellent ideas and strategies to improve your “home-to-school” communication with parents and students via technology.  Before deciding what technology tool to utilize with parents you’ll need to analyze your needs, resources and goals.  This article provides an excellent framework to make the right choice when it comes to communication tools.  Additionally, you’ll discover the technology tools available to you for both one and two way communications.
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BloomBoard Asks:What digital communication tools do you use in your teaching practice?