Comparing parent communication options is overwhelming. As a result, we’re often asked: how is ClassTag different from Remind?
Well, both apps help teachers communicate with parents but that is where the similarities end!
We made this guide to help you get what’s right for your classroom. Read on for the 6 ways ClassTag is different from Remind, or skip to what’s relevant to you by clicking the links below.
I want to…
- Keep parents in the loop
- Organize events and get parent participation
- Reach more parents regardless of device, preference, language, income etc.
- Get all parent communication, organization and scheduling in one app
- Save money / make parent communication free
- Get extra funding/supplies for my classroom
How is ClassTag different from Remind?
Both ClassTag and Remind have a suite of tools for reaching parents, however ClassTag does have some bonus features which make it a quick, effective way to reach all parents:
- No character limits
- Parents receive messages before signing up to the app
- Contact validation – alerts for bad contact details
- Printouts of key communications to send home to offline parents
- Weekly newsletter feature to keep parents up to date
Here’s a full overview:
Keeping Parents In-The-Loop
|Direct and group messages|
|Photo and video sharing, stories|
|Automatic translation into other languages|
|Reach parents via SMS text and email|
|Read receipts – see who’s read your messages|
|Send messages without character limits|
|Parents receive messages before signing up to the app|
|Contact validation – alerts for bad contact details|
|Printouts of key communications to send home to offline parents|
|Weekly newsletter feature to keep parents up to date|
|Stats on engagement and tracked conversations|
Our users 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!”
ClassTag has a suite of tools that make it simple to organize events and activities that parents actually show up for. Teachers using Remind would typically need more tools to manage this, which can make things more complicated!
Events, activities and participation
|Parent-teacher conference organization tool|
|Class calendar with with option to sync to personal|
|Signups for requesting parent volunteers|
|Item request features to get donations from parents|
|Events with RSVPs from parents|
ClassTag’s activities and parent engagement options (as seen from within the app)
While both ClassTag and Remind 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.
“Before I started using ClassTag, I tried Remind, ClassDojo and Bloomz…None of them were as well-received by parents as ClassTag.”Casey Korder, 5th Grade Teacher at Claude and Stella Parson Elementary School
Parent communication is essential and the last thing our educators and schools need is another cost. Thankfully ClassTag is completely free, for everyone. No upsells, no gated features, no subscriptions, no school or district level plans.
We’ve made this table to help you understand what extra features you can get for free with ClassTag, that maybe you’re restricted from or paying for with Remind.
Free/open access with ClassTag vs behind a paywall with Remind
|Unlimited message length|
|Record of communications/communications logs|
|Community engagement status and statistics|
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:
- You use ClassTag for parent communication
- You accumulate “ClassTag Coins” as you engage parents through ClassTag
- You then redeem your ClassTag Coins for free supplies and resources for your class
Teachers can then redeem their ClassTag Coins for teacher offers exclusively available on ClassTag Marketplace:
This is a totally unique benefit of using ClassTag, to take advantage of this year’s coming sponsors and exclusive offers for 18/19, sign up free today >>