Featured / Jul 15, 2019

Teacher-Parent Communication App Comparison

Reaching parents and keeping them engaged was already challenging, without the added burden of helping them support their child through different kinds of learning; remote learning, hybrid learning, or in-person learning. It’s important that you have the right teacher-parent communication app and tools to easily communicate and share resources with parents.

If we’re going to prevent an ever-widening achievement gap opening up during the current COVID crisis, we need to reach, engage and share learning resources with every parent in the class!

What teacher-parent communication app is best?

We’re here to help you figure out what platform is the best fit for YOU and your classroom. We understand that you may have different needs in your classroom compared to other teachers. We’ve made a comparison chart of all the popular features teachers want in a teacher-parent communication app to make choosing the right platform, stress-free!

 As you look at the chart below, consider these questions:

  • Do you prefer a platform with parent-teacher communication or a platform with student-centered features such as portfolios and behavior tracking?
  • What time-saving features are important to you?
  • How important is the pricing?

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How is supporting learning on ClassTag different from other teacher-parent communication apps?

Which platform was designed for parent communication?

ClassTag is a free parent-teacher communication platform with everything you need to reach, engage and support every parent, no matter what back-to-school brings. We have been, and always will be about parent-teacher connections.

ClassDojo and Seesaw are more student-focused. ClassDojo’s focus is on “classroom management” and creating happier classrooms through managing student behavior. Seesaw’s mission and focus is on “students show[ing] learning” through a shared digital portfolio.

Remind’s focus is on “two-way communication”, or through sending parents and students phone texts.
When choosing a platform, you probably want one that has robust parent-teacher communication capabilities! With ClassDojo, Seesaw and Remind the parent communication element is secondary.

Which is more accessible for parents?

Parent access to technology can have a major impact on important communications. Communication between teachers and parents can only happen in the ClassDojo app, whereas ClassTag can reach parents through email, SMS, paper, mobile or web app.

Communicating with ELL parents during remote learning can be challenging. ClassTag removes the language barrier and automatically translates in over 60+ languages.




ClassTag also gives teachers smart, actionable alerts and recommendations, ensuring they are able to connect with harder-to-reach parents. With read receipts and parent-engagement stats, you can focus on the parents who are not receiving messages or participating and may need additional support and follow-up.

Which features are important for supporting your teaching?

Remote learning brings a new set of needs and complications to classroom communication. You’ll want to choose an app that can share important classroom information and student work while not duplicating your work across multiple platforms.

How can I share student work with parents?

ClassTag, ClassDojo, and Seesaw all have a portfolio of student work. ClassTag’s virtual student backpacks house student work, but also provide a safe and secure area for important documents (e.g. IEP or 504 copies). Remind focuses on communication through text and does not have student portfolios.
ClassTag’s ability to let parents respond to stories with student work helps promote classroom community and collaboration.

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Which is better for Google Schools or Google Classroom educators?

Like Google Classroom and Google’s suite of tools, ClassTag is completely free for teachers and parents. We know how important it is for teachers to have access to a free stack of tools, and we’ve designed ClassTag to integrate with the full Google suite in a seamless way.

Google Integrations
ClassTag’s integration with Google Classroom and Google’s suite of tools keeps parents in the loop without any added frustration for you, the teacher.

With ClassTag’s integration with Google Classroom, teachers can save time with roster-syncing, only having to add parents and students once! Additionally, teachers can direct message ClassTag parents with automatic translation in over 60+ languages, without ever leaving Google Classroom.


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ClassTag helps streamline file sharing, scheduling, and conferencing through integrations with Google Drive, Meet and Calendar.
Teachers and parents using ClassDojo, Seesaw and Remind would need to learn a multitude of platforms to accomplish everything ClassTag allows parents and teachers to do.

Need to Hold Remote Events and Conferences that ALL Parents Will Attend?

ClassTag makes scheduling in-person or remote conferences and events a breeze by allowing parents and teachers to pick times that work for their schedule.
Events and conference times will automatically sync with Google Calendar and add a conferencing link through Google Meet. This helps parents keep track of important events and conference information, all in one place.


When using ClassDojo and Seesaw, teachers and parents have access to events, but not parent-teacher conferences. Additionally, parents may forget important conferencing information without a calendar sync reminder and conferencing link. Remind does not include event coordination with time slots.

So, why is ClassTag the best teacher-parent communication app?

Reaching EVERY parent during remote learning can be difficult, but we make it easily accessible with automatic translation in 60+ languages, event scheduling, video conferencing, and more!

With features supporting parent engagement during remote learning such as direct messaging, event coordination, and Google integrations, ClassTag is an absolutely FREE all-in-one platform that rewards you for engaging with parents.

Still curious? Classtag is free forever, so give it a whirl! Create a classroom and join our amazing teacher community at ClassTag!

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