With your ClassTag Launch Kit you will be ready to get everyone on board and ready in 3 easy steps! Continue reading
With your ClassTag Launch Kit you will be ready to get everyone on board and ready in 3 easy steps! Continue reading
No more missed parent-teacher conferences.
No more spending hours on tactics that don’t work or worrying about a student falling behind and not being able to contact the parents.
Sounds like a fantasy? It doesn’t have to be.
This year, our goal is a 100% connected classroom community. No child or family should be left behind. To help you on the quest for reaching every parent, we invited our favourite thought leaders to join #Pledge100 and share their parent engagement tips.
Join the movement and tweet your own tips at @classtagme using #Pledge100. Let’s make 17/18 The Year we reach every family to unleash every child’s unique potential.
Send positive notes to parents as often as possible to build trust. #Pledge100 via @richardbyrne Click To Tweet
Create opportunities for parents to share their passions. #Pledge100 via @classtechtips Click To Tweet
Email 3-4 parents about child's progress every day. #Pledge100 via @KerryHawk02 Click To Tweet
Use project-based learning to reach parents. #Pledge100 via @terryheick Click To Tweet
Introduce yourself & the learning plan with a personal letter. #Pledge100 via @cybraryman1 Click To Tweet
Initiate positive interactions often to create a lasting impact. #Pledge100 Click To Tweet
Share positive messages with every parent. #Pledge100 via @ShellTerrell Click To Tweet
Make #parents feel like a part of a team. #Pledge100 via @kinderiscrazy Click To Tweet
Collect (multiple) contact methods for every parent. #Pledge100 via @preachyteacher Click To Tweet
Share classroom projects & photos with parents weekly. #Pledge100 Click To Tweet
Set up a blog to give parents a window into the class and unleash students' creativity. #Pledge100… Click To Tweet
Create quick video clips of special events and send them to parents. #Pledge100 via @KevinDeForge Click To Tweet
Connect with parents in a multicultural classroom by learning simple phrases in their language… Click To Tweet
Call one parent weekly with a positive message about their child. @techbradwaid #Pledge100 Click To Tweet
Summer is the time of rest and relaxation, but for most teachers, it’s also the perfect time to brush up on the latest trends and tools and get inspired before the first school bell. Here’s the truth: you love your work and care about student success, all year round! Teaching is your real passion and you want to take your skills to the next level.
This summer, we’ve asked you: what EdTech trends and tools would you most want to learn about? Here are the results:
Each of these trends and tools can enhance learning and captivate your students’ imagination, but where to get started? We selected the best resources for each topic to help you make the most of education technology innovations without overwhelm.
Reach 100% of Parents with ClassTag [Recorded Webinar]
Do you want to learn how to reach 100% of parents, even those who have no smartphone or are entirely offline? Watch the training and learn insider tips from a ClassTag power user Danielle, who achieved 100% engagement in her classroom last years. If you have an hour to spare, you can watch the webinar anytime and set the foundations for successful communication with parents in 17/18.
“Partnering with Parents to Ask the Right Questions: A Powerful Strategy for Strengthening School-Family Partnerships” by Luz Santana, Dan Rothstein, and Agnes Bain [Book]
ClassTag Educators’ Lounge [Facebook Group]
The Lounge is our fast-growing online community, exclusively for ClassTag users. Sign up for ClassTag and join the group!
Bringing Lessons to Life with AR & VR [Recorded Webinar]
Want to bring your lessons to “life” and have students “live” the content you are teaching? This highly interactive session will assist you in getting started with augmented and virtual reality in your classroom.
VR in Education [Facebook Group]
Connect with innovators, share experiences and get support you need to bring VR to your classroom in 17/18.
Listen to practicing educators discussing their tips for having a successful 1:1 program in your classroom.
Video Killed the Radio Star: Effectively Using Video in your Classroom [Recorded Webinar]
The session explores the many innovative features and uses of YouTube in the classroom, Chrome extensions that empower students to create videos, web tools that are available for video creation, and compare how both teachers and students can harness the power of videos for instruction and differentiating for all learners.
Thinking Critically About Video by Commonsense Media [Multimedia Guide]
Learn about essential best practices for using video in the classroom and get practical cheat sheets, app tutorials and more, all in one convenient destination.
Classroom Gamification Tips for the Non-Gamer [Recorded lecture]
Learn how seventh grade English teacher Megan Ellis, a Google Certified Teacher, is using game dynamics in your classroom to increase student engagement, motivation, and achievement–in a talk meant for everyone from gaming pros to those who have never played a video game before in their life.
3D Printers in the Classroom: design, creativity and tech skills for today’s students. [Recorded lecture]
Need more ideas for quick and easy summer PD activities? Try this PD Bingo by Amber Teamann – many of these activities take less than 2 minutes to complete!
Professional development and learning are important, but it’s the implementation of this new knowledge that really matters. Our survey unveiled the teachers’ number one challenge when implementing new tech tools and trends, and the results might surprise you. It’s not the lack of tools or funding that’s the biggest obstacle – it’s time. 40% of teachers admitted that the major obstacle is the lack of time to experiment and try different solutions. If you often find yourself short on time to innovate during the school year, ClassTag can help. Teachers who use ClassTag save hours every week thanks to automated newsletters and reminders – get started today and you’ll find more time to introduce fun innovations in your classroom in 17/18!
We couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful experience at ISTE. Thousands of attendees visited our booth and offered amazing feedback about all the new features we unveiled at the conference. We built new connections, met amazing educators and picked up major awards to boot!
ClassTag has been selected as one of “The Top 10 Global EdTech Companies” by The Edvocate and received a prestigious “Best of Show” award from Tech & Learning magazine. The awards mean even more, because we truly are in great company. Read on to meet our favorite innovative EdTech companies that were the talk of the town at ISTE this year alongside ClassTag.
Cricket Media team believes that challenging children’s minds and connecting kids to learn together does wonders for their confidence, creativity, and curiosity. We couldn’t agree more! Their multimedia programs connect students, parents, and teachers in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide to learn together—and from one another. Intrigued? Cricket Media is running a free family summer reading program this summer – why not forward it to your students’ parents to help prevent the summer learning loss?
LittleBits makes a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks empowering students to create inventions, large and small. Ultimately, the company’s grand mission is to empwer the next generation to have the creative confidence & curiosity to always ask why. To test ideas without fear and take feedback without ego. Kids interact with technology at all times, but this company encourages them to become inventors, not passive consumers. Watch the video below to see LittleBits in action!
Veative’s mission is to bring a better learning experience to schools, higher education and other organisations around the globe. Their cutting-edge mix of 3D, virtual, augmented and mixed reality educational technologies and content, enhance and enrich learning, and can be adapted to all classrooms, curriculums, and languages. The future is NOW: are you ready?
What if your lessons were as engaging as social media? PivotEd team makes it possible. PivotEd interactive lesson app allows you to move beyond using technology-for-technology’s sake and really integrate a device into meaningful discussion and learning. Responding to prompts on their device, every student has a voice in the discussion while the educator monitors understanding, pace, and participation.
XYZprinting is dedicated to bringing cost-effective 3D printing to schools around the world. But XYZprinting doesn’t just offer 3D printers. They also initiated a curriculum exchange program for educators wanting to use 3D printing in their classroom. Using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) principles, the program gives teachers the tools to develop students critical thinking using 3D printing. Check it out here!
We’re not the first to toot our own horn, but ClassTag new functionality, including integrated printing and translations, can be transformative for teachers who feel challenged by hard-to-reach parents who don’t have smartphones or are entirely offline. Our cross-platform approach is a major innovation, named “the future of parental engagement” by Ed Week. Curious why? Read all about the update here.
Have you missed ISTE this year? No worries – you don’t need to attend an expensive conference to learn and grow professionally. We’re working on an exciting online summer PD program, featuring some of the brightest minds and companies in education technology. But to make sure the learning fits your needs, we want to hear from you: what do you want to learn? Whose webinar would you like attend? Fill out this 2-minute survey and let us know!
ClassTag, a free parent engagement app for teachers and schools, announces it has integrated printing to its intelligent multi-channel communication suite to support reaching all parents wherever they are. Supporting the web, mobile app, SMS and printed messages for children’s backpacks, ClassTag gives teachers a simple, one-step process for ensuring that each parent gets important classroom information in the format they prefer. ClassTag is the first service to support personalized, meaningful, two-way communication with all parents regardless of what devices they use, even if they are entirely offline.
While technology has helped improve communications inside classrooms, a lack of technology adoption is creating roadblocks for many families. Today, 13% of U.S. adults do not use the internet, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. In rural areas, the technological divide is even more striking with 39% of Americans without advanced services that enable users to originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video, according to Federal Communications Commission.
Despite the rapid increase in schools’ adoption of technology to communicate with parents, many teachers still struggle with parent engagement. ClassTag’s survey of teachers found that a majority of teachers (53%) reported feeling “sad” or “frustrated” by the lack of parent engagement in their classrooms.
Some of this disconnection may be caused by poor communication systems, including inaccurate contact information, lack of internet access, language barriers, or just an overwhelming amount of information coming from schools to busy parents. According to Education Week, parents’ usage of various tools remains unsatisfactory, particularly in Title 1 schools and other communities with limited access to a cellphone or computer.
ClassTag is the only application addressing the real reasons behind the lack of engagement from the ground up. The groundbreaking innovation lies in dissecting key breaking points in parent engagement and bridging the gap between online and offline communications.
“Adding more apps to the mix won’t work because we simply don’t have 100% internet penetration. If we rely on email and websites alone, we are accepting that someone will be left out,”
explains Vlada Lotkina, ClassTag CEO. “Our solution is an all-in- one platform for managing everything from contact accuracy to identifying the gaps in parent engagement and proactively managing them, across online and offline communication channels.”
ClassTag’s new feature gives teachers smart, actionable alerts and recommendations. If a family isn’t being reached via email or mobile app, the chatbot-inspired assistant will recommend printing a personalized paper copy of announcements, reminders, and schedules to be sent home in children’ backpacks to those harder-to-reach parents. ClassTag intelligently produces personalized communication to each and every parent, no matter what their preferred communication channel.
Reaching non-English speaking parents will also become much easier thanks to new translation functionality to be released later this summer. As Danielle Fugazzi, a kindergarten teacher, puts it: “My main challenge is to reach all parents and get them to respond. Too often teachers engage the same families over and over, but those that need this connection the most seem to be missing out. ClassTag understood the very heart of the issue and giving me the opportunity to confidently reach all families and print out the personalized newsletters and announcements for parents who aren’t online or who don’t regularly read their emails.”
“We developed this functionality based on our users’ feedback to help them with the everyday struggles every teacher faces. ClassTag now acts like an assistant who spots missing connections and automatically provides actionable recommendations, taking the guesswork out of engagement and making the mission of reaching 100% of parents possible,” says Lotkina.
Coming to ISTE this year? Don’t miss our team. Visit ClassTag at booth 664 to connect with teachers and school leaders who achieved amazing success and transformed communications in their schools. Get personalized recommendations and set yourself up for parent communication success in the next school year.