I sent out this question on Twitter, and am sharing some of the many responses I received – Thanks to everyone who replied:
Apart from Remind and Google Classroom, what other apps/tools do you use to communicate with students (I’m not talking about families) outside of class?
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) August 1, 2022
My district uses @SchoolStatusApp and it’s an awesome tool for communicating with parents. But I like @RemindHQ because you can communicate with students as well.
— Tonya Sims (@TonyaSims1) August 2, 2022
I started using Google Voice at the start of the pandemic and have kept it up even as we went back in-person. Students who may be anxious about office hours will reach out via text for help. I get a lot more texts (and even some calls!) than OH visitors. https://t.co/PWioGkSq0J
— Mary Guidone (she/elle) (@MadameGuidone) August 2, 2022
Ooh, I’m very excited about @TalkingPointsEd! I hope they have human translators for Amharic; machine translation for that language leaves something to be desired!
— Jamey Sadownick (@Jamey_Sadownick) August 2, 2022
— Regina Ligon (@ReginaMLigon) August 1, 2022
Apparently Schoology has a messaging component to their whole app. It gets lost pretty easily in the notifications and general emails. Ss use it to communicate with me and not necessarily me to them
— Ms. Medrano 💖🤙🏽 (@MissMLMedrano) August 1, 2022
— Kelly Land (@land_kland) August 1, 2022
There is messaging embedded in Canvas which is the LMS we use. As a faculty, we’ve decided to only use canvas so students can predict where to look for information from their teachers. That said, I always respond to teams, email, post its, and signal flares from students.
— Jen Ford (@JenFord109) August 1, 2022
I use @justmoteHQ to communicate with my students. I’ll use QR motes or hyperlinks to provide audio messages to them.
— 🎨 𝗔𝗹𝗲𝘅 𝗜𝘀𝗮𝗮𝗰𝘀, 𝗠.𝗘𝗱. 💻 (@mr_isaacs_math) August 1, 2022
@MicrosoftFlip I set up a moderated group and students are able to send me a message anytime and I am able to respond back to them. They know that they won’t get a response back immediately but, it’s a form of communication that could potentially be used at any time. 🗣️ 💚
— Jen McGraner (@JenMcGraner) August 1, 2022
— Roland Aichele (@EdTechMinded) August 1, 2022
I gave up Remind once we started w Microsoft Teams. The Class Channels or indiv Chat options are great/better imo. & most importantly we discovered using the Assignment tool in it to list tasks & deadlines. It posts them in their calendar & they can click the button to Turn In. pic.twitter.com/iwp8CL7pre
— MWaldner (@MarcyWaldner) August 1, 2022
One of our Intructional Assistants run a newcomer Instagram page and posts information about important events, etc. She direct messages on there with students sometimes. Or Google Voice texting.
— JennicaLeather (@leatherj14) August 1, 2022
@BloomzApp is awesome tool! Section for parents + students. You can share photos, files, sign-ups for conferences…you can have multiple classes on one T account and post the same msg to all Ss + parents. Translations abound! Fantastic tool for communication!
— teachingcrossroads, NBCT (@teachcrossroads) August 6, 2022