Thursday, April 25, 2013
ClassWith.Us A New SMS Parent-Teacher Communication Tool
ClassWith.Us is a brand new text alert tool that focuses on parent-teacher communication. The focus is on making sure that the teacher can easily let parents know about a child's progress in school on a daily basis. I can see this tool being extremely helpful in elementary classrooms, where the teacher can give a quick update at the end of each week. I also can see how this tool could be helpful with students with special needs or students who come from families where texting is a primary form of communication. For example a student may come from a family that is more comfortable with text messages than having to speak with a teacher on the phone. The ClassWith.Us website archives all communication between parents and teacher. In addition, it makes allowances for non-traditional families, allowing all people involved in the parenting to see the communication about the student. I could see this portion of the service being helpful for divorced or single parents who may not communicate well with their child's other parent. ClassWith.Us has a free portion but if you want any "extra" features such as file attachments or multiple messages sent each day, you would have to pay for the "paid" version.
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