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ClassTag or ClassDojo: which is right for you?

Before signing up for ClassTag, or when searching for an alternative to ClassDojo, a lot of teachers find comparing parent communication options overwhelming.

As a result, we’re often asked what the difference is between ClassTag and ClassDojo. When teachers see the overview below, they’re often surprised at just how different they are!

We want to support teachers and help them get what they need to do their amazing work, so we made this guide. To skip to what’s relevant to you, click the links here:

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How is ClassTag different from ClassDojo?

Philosophy

The ClassTag mission is to support teachers, as they support the next generation. ClassTag is the only app that transforms how you connect with parents, saves time and brings in free supplies for your class.

On the other hand:

“ClassDojo is a communication app for the classroom.” – ClassDojo website. ClassDojo is about creating happier classrooms through managing and rewarding good student behaviour.

Parent or student focus?

ClassTag’s focus is on empowering teachers to reach every parent, and get better engagement, participation and support. For ClassDojo, parent communication and connection is secondary.

Because of this, ClassTag is best for those teachers that want one platform for all parent communication, that reaches families regardless of preferences or access to technology. Our users also love the fact that they can use ClassTag for all communications, scheduling, calendar events, volunteers and conferences, rather than combining multiple tools.

“ClassTag is a communication tool that makes life easier for the teacher. It is a Signup Genius, Remind, calendar, and class website all in one!”


Parent Communication Tools

 

Keeping Parents In-The-Loop

Direct and group messages
Photo and video sharing, stories
Announcements
Automatic translation into other languages
Reach parents via SMS text (offline or w/o app)
Parents receive messages before signing up to the platform
Contact validation – alerts for bad contact details
Printouts of key communications to send home to offline parents
Weekly newsletter feature

 

Parent Support and Engagement

ClassTag has a suite of tools that make organizing events and activities and getting participation.

Teachers using ClassDojo would typically need more tools to manage this, which makes things more complicated.

 

Events, activities and participation

Organize parent-teacher conferences
Class calendar with with option to sync to personal
Teacher request for volunteers
Request items from parents
Events with RSVPs from parents
Stats on engagement and tracked conversations

ClassTag’s activities and parent engagement options (as seen from within the app):

Reaching and engaging families without access to technology

While both ClassTag and ClassDojo have automatic translation, only ClassTag has features for reaching all parents.

ClassTag can automatically convert a teacher’s message into either email or SMS text, dependent upon the parent contact details available.

Also, ClassTag 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’s backpacks to those harder-to-reach parents.

Time Saving vs Time Consuming

One key difference between ClassTag and ClassDojo, is the inclusion of time-saving features. ClassTag saves teachers time by reducing a lot of the admin work that comes with parent communication and events organization.

 

Time saving features

Automatic Reminders and follow-ups to parents
All communication and scheduling tools in one place
Automatic weekly newsletter to parents
Notification of inaccurate parent contact details

 

Inside the Classroom

Classroom and Behaviour Management

ClassTag does not offer behaviour management as we are mainly focused on positive parent-teacher connections. We also want to serve teachers at middle and high-schools, where behaviour management and little monsters don’t quite fit!

However, if you need a behaviour management app, then you might want to check out these behaviour management platforms:

 

A Truly Unique Solution To Teachers’ Out-Of-Pocket Expenses

As you surely know, many teachers are spending $100’s, maybe $1000’s of out-of-pocket, just on classroom supplies. But with ClassTag, you can finally get your students what they need and  keep your salary.

Family-friendly brands want to support teachers like you. With the ClassTag Rewards program, they can do so through ClassTag as classroom supporters.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You use ClassTag for parent communication
  2. You accumulate “ClassTag Coins”as you engage parents through ClassTag
  3. You then redeem your ClassTag Coins for free supplies and resources for your class

This is a totally unique benefit of using ClassTag, to take advantage of this year’s coming sponsors for 18/19 sign up today >>

 

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