Learning and Pedagogy / Sep 19, 2022
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When it comes to finding the best teacher-parent communication app, the search in itself may feel slightly overwhelming. Because of this, we’re often asked what the difference is between ClassTag’s all-in-one platform and ClassDojo. So, we’ll help you understand that difference so you can find the best communication app for you and the families you serve.
At ClassTag, we make it happen by connecting teachers and families with one easy-to-use use app for all your communication needs. Both teachers and parents enjoy a streamlined experience while engaging with one another through all of the tools ClassTag has to offer.
In comparison, according to ClassDojo, the focus is on “giving kids learning experiences they love”. This app is about creating happier classrooms through managing and rewarding good student behavior. With ClassDojo, parent communication and connection are secondary; with ClassTag, they’re a primary focus.
“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!”
– Beth Lafferty, 4th Grade Teacher at Lipscombe Academy
As the comparison chart above shows, ClassTag offers teachers and families so much by way of features. The best part is everything about our teacher-parent communication app is absolutely free!
ClassTag’s goal is to empower teachers to reach every parent in order to achieve better engagement, participation, and support.
Again, with Class Dojo’s student-centeredness, positive behavior is the focus. So, teachers will need other apps and tools to supplement what’s not offered.
All throughout the year, teachers need to schedule meetings and events. These are things like parent-teacher conferences and school wide talent shows. Traditionally, flyers are made and announcements are sent via a robo-calling system. Unfortunately, these efforts don’t reach every parent.
ClassTag is best for those who want the simplicity of one platform for all teacher-parent communication. Whether scheduling the annual book fair or setting specific conference times, ClassTag has you covered. As well, our teacher community from over 25,000 schools love that they can use our app for setting up calendar items and requesting volunteers.
Ultimately, ClassTag gives you the ease and convenience of scheduling absolutely everything within one app. It’s so much easier than juggling between multiple tools.
On the other hand, ClassDojo has no integrated scheduling capabilities like there are with ClassTag.
With so many educators using all that Google has to offer, we’ve designed our ClassTag platform to seamlessly integrate with the entire Google suite.
ClassTag’s integration with Google Classroom, Calendar, and Meet automatically help you keep parents organized, present, and up-to-speed with their school-related dates.
For example, if you’re holding conferences, a parent can choose one of the time slots you’ve made available on our app. Then, through ClassTag’s Google integration, that appointment is “auto-magically” synced into their Google Calendar. But wait, there’s more!
You can hold any meeting with parents virtually through Google Meet. As ClassTag conferences (and yes, events) are placed in Google Calendar, your Meet conference link will be included automatically. An added benefit is that parents will receive automated reminders about their appointments, all without you having to click a finger. Talk about convenience, flexibility, and accountability!
Keeping parents in the loop of everything happening in your classroom is a fantastic, and necessary, way to maintain parental connection and engagement.
At ClassTag, we designed the Weekly Summary, an automated newsletter for parents with all your upcoming classroom activities for the week. While Class Dojo also has a similar function, ClassTag has upped the game in this area. Our Weekly Summaries are sent as an email or SMS with a link to view a personalized copy according to parents’ notification preferences.
As a teacher, you can either customize your Weekly Summary message or just sit back and let ClassTag do all the work. We’ll automatically pull everything you have scheduled for the week ahead, pop it into your summary, and deliver it on your behalf. Simple, informative, and engaging!
On average, teachers spend $479 of their own money on classroom supplies every year. While it’s incredibly noble, we understand the value of your hard-earned money and so, we have a solution.
You can finally get what you need in your classroom and keep your money where it belongs- in your wallet!
Through our Classroom Fund feature, you can compile and share a list of supplies you’d like to purchase through ClassTag’s vast catalog of class goods. As parents browse through it, they can contribute any amount they wish to go towards your supply purchases. It’s that easy!
What’s great is that setting up your ClassTag Classroom Fund is incredibly simple to do. Set it up and you’ll be well on your way to getting those much-needed supplies for your learners!
As for teachers who use Class Dojo, they don’t enjoy the added benefit of supply funding assistance that you will find with ClassTag’s Classroom Fund. Having variety like this in your parent-teacher communication tool is an excellent feature.
Serving ELL families can be a communications challenge if you don’t share the same home languages. With this, both ClassDojo and ClassTag offer language translation.
Use ClassTag and your messages will be automatically converted into any of the 100 languages available, according to parent-set preferences. Yes, connecting with every parent in their preferred language gets your physical messages across. But, it also communicates a deeper message of intention and inclusion on your part.
If you want your communication to reach and engage every parent, then having one of the best apps for teachers is necessary. Class Dojo’s reach is limited to parents who have access to technology and are on the app. But what about parents who have little, or even no, technology resources? This is where ClassTag excels.
ClassTag allows you to send messages to parents through their own established choice of text, email, app, or website. But for those with limited, to no, technology resources, our app has your back. You’ll be prompted with smart, actionable alerts and recommendations to ensure connection happens. For example, you’ll be notified as it becomes obvious which parents may not have tech access. Then, you’ll be able to print your communications to send home.
With the ClassDojo app, communication with parents solely happens within the app and through no other method. Truly, reaching every parent matters to ClassTag.
Finally, both ClassTag and Class Dojo offer parent engagement tracking. However, ClassTag takes it to the next level!
With our school app for parents, you’ll know when your messages are received and read. When there’s no activity, you can check the available parent engagement stats. This information helps you better determine how to connect with those who are difficult to reach. Overall, ClassTag has taken every step to boost accessibility for every parent.
So there you have it- all the ways that ClassTag stands out when it comes to finding the best teacher-parent communication app.
Whether you’re sending messages to parents, scheduling conferences, or setting up your Classroom Fund for supplies, our tremendous variety of communication and parent engagement features truly set ClassTag apart.
As for your quest to find a school communication app, well, look no further because ClassTag is simply the best!
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