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iClass App: Perfect for Parents

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Technology is constantly making it easier to get in touch with others, regardless of where they’re based in the world.

From free instant messaging apps like WhatsApp to the revolutionary video calling app Skype, there’s a whole lot of different communication apps and tech to choose from.

But while it’s getting easier to communicate with others via tech in our personal and work lives, the same generally can’t be said about how we communicate with the parents of pupils.

Thankfully, the iClass platform with integrated mobile app is here to bring parent-teacher communications to the 21st century.

A fully integrated and free to use mobile app for parents, the iClass app enables instant and free parent-teacher communication over the internet.

It can be used to alert parents to important notices such as school closures, upcoming events, school news and more.

Additionally, parents can register their children’s attendance for events through the app, completely eliminating the traditional costs of communicating by post.

It’s extremely easy to use and is designed with the user in mind, so all parents can enjoy the benefits of the iClass platform.

The iClass platform with integrated mobile app modernizes parent-teacher communications while keeping communications simple and straightforward.

For more information, or to organize a free iClass demo, get in touch with us today.

Standalone iClass App Launches This Week

iClass, the number one website and mobile app solution for schools, is pleased to announce the launch of the standalone version of the iClass App this week.

The iClass App transforms how schools communicate with parents and staff, providing an ‘always on’ solution that simplifies communications and eliminates the costs.

The standalone iClass App features all the benefits of the desktop version of iClass content management system including:

  • News posting and categorising
  • Live publishing articles to parents
  • Video and gallery hosting
  • File sharing
  • Free messaging
  • Online permission slip submission
  • And more

Click here for more information about the iClass App.

Improve Parent Teacher Communication With iClassCMS

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Clear and regular communication between parents and teachers is one of the most important elements of a child’s education.

It ensures that parents are aware of their child’s progress in school and also helps to prevent any issues from developing.

Schools generally call or email when they want to communicate with parents, which can be costly methods of communication, especially in larger schools with greater numbers of students.

With iClassCMS however, schools can now get in touch with parents whenever they need to for free using the iClassCMS Mobile App for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

It saves money on stationary and phone bills, and allows schools to reach parents in an instant via the iClassCMS platform.

All iClassCMS schools benefit from this quick and easy method for communicating with parents, which completely eliminates costs and saves time and effort.

In addition to free messaging to parents, the iClassCMS Mobile App also allows schools to publish news articles and events in real-time, so parents can stay up to date with the latest information about their child’s school.

As parents face new challenges in today’s modern world, it helps to have a free and simple method for getting in touch with them.

Get in touch with us today to request a live iClassCMS demo or brochure.

Get Connected! Technology Every Teacher Should Know

It can be challenging to sift through the immense amount of tech resources that are available to teachers! Here are a few of our favorites, selected based on ease of implementation, usefulness, and student engagement.

Mindmeister

This is the website for those who have too many thoughts. Mindmeister is an online mind mapping tool that is perfect for brainstorming and organizing. The tool can also be used for note taking, as well.

Preparing a lesson for your class? Mindmeister offers both a function for brainstorming and planning – both essential for creating a lesson plan.

Create your first mind map here.

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Prezi

Created in 2009, Prezi has quickly become a leading presentation software for both the business and education sector. The design of Prezi has helped its rise in popularity. Unlike PowerPoint slides, Prezi offers an interactive way to present, complete with a zoomable canvas and premade templates.

There is no shortage to the type of presentations that can be created with Prezi. Topics range from analyses of books to a sales pitch in a business meeting. More importantly, because of the design of Prezi, they are much less boring to watch, therefore keeping an audience entertained and fully engaged.

The best part? It’s free. You can learn more or sign up to make your first Prezi here.

 

Kahoot

Like Prezi, Kahoot can be used in both the business and education sector. It is a primarily a mobile app, used to take quizzes of all types. Kahoot helps to keep everyone connected through a fun and interactive quiz format.

In the business world, Kahoot can be used to make any type of training or presentation more fun and engaging. Kahoot is used for team building exercises, making group trainings much more fun. In the education world, Kahoot can be used to either quiz students, or it can also be used as a study tool when there is a test.

Learn more about Kahoot here.

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Penzu

Penzu is a site created for those people who love to write, but don’t like pen and paper. It’s an online journal and diary platform that can be used for anything from wedding planning to daily thoughts.

In the education sector, Penzu can be used as a tool for daily writing assignments or for spicing up homework. The awesome thing about Penzu is its accessibility. Anybody can write from anywhere, as the website also has a mobile app, allowing anyone to write from wherever they are, at their own convenience.

If you’re ready to start writing, click here.

 

 

Study Blue

Sponsored by Chegg, Study Blue is an online study library. Equipped with over 400 million notecards and study guides, students should have no problems studying for that upcoming test. Because of the app, students are able to study wherever they go. Study Blue also offers the option to create quizzes, giving students the opportunity to see what they already know.

Try it out here.

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Knewton

No one learns the same way. Knewton knows that, so they’ve created a platform for every single type of learner. The company has provided 28 million adaptive learning courses since its founding in 2008.

The company integrated a new system known as Alta. Alta allows students to learn through completely personalized instruction and the program provides the student with an assessment of their mastery of the subject. Even better, the technology is easy-to-use and automatically provides feedback to the instructors.

You can learn more about Knewton here.

 

iClass CMS

iClass provides websites for schools that are completely interactive and adaptable. Our custom website and mobile app solutions are designed to meet the needs of a 21st-century school. Teachers have the ability to communicate with parents instantly and at no cost. Students are able to work remotely and access information via their smartphone or laptop. Learn more here.

 

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Getting Smart With Community Engagement

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Schools can’t do it alone! The people and businesses in the surrounding community can be a valuable (but often overlooked) resource to help students succeed.

According to this report, schools with the highest number of community and parent volunteers have the highest test scores. Community involvement with a school promotes real-world learning and a broader perspective for students.

How can you make community members key partners in student achievement?

Share your Success

A newsletter is a great vehicle to share school stories and successes with the community. Even community members who don’t have children enrolled in the school will enjoy reading about what’s going on in the neighborhood. It’s also a great way to inform community members about upcoming events, service projects, and volunteer opportunities. Check out our tips on how to create a newsletter that is both interesting and informative here.

Be Visible

When your school participates in community events, people will notice! Seek out opportunities for students to volunteer around town or host service projects to benefit local charities. A great way to do this is to create or partner with a service club on your campus.

Share enrichment opportunities with students. Many museums or performing arts organizations will offer student discounts. Students can enrich their day to day learning experience while getting out in the community and having fun.

Make the Most of Your School Site

Your website is a powerful tool for community engagement. An integrated and intuitive website will encourage everyone to keep up to date with happenings at school. With iClass’ website solution, schools can even make community members partners in content creation. An integrated mobile app will keep functionality at parents’ fingertips!

 

The Importance of Parent-Teacher Communication

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One of the most important elements of a child’s educational journey is clear and regular communication between parents and teachers.

It’s vital for good communication to exist between both parties in order to guarantee that a child’s cognitive, social and emotional development is progressing naturally and without any issues.

Similarly, a parent’s involvement in their child’s education can greatly benefit the child, resulting in happy and curious kids who look forward to the challenges of school.

Parent involvement also helps to keep kids on track and make sure they’re reaching their full potential in all areas, from homework to exams, afterschool hobbies and more.

Regular communication between teachers and parents encourages parents to take an active role in their children’s studies, so it’s a good idea to start off on the right foot and make parents feel welcome in bringing any concerns they may have to your attention.

Parent-teacher meetings are obviously a great opportunity to discuss student performance and improvement, but they typically only take place a few times during the school year.

This can be detrimental to the student, particularly if they’re having difficulty in certain areas as problems may go unreported and become more of an issue as time goes by.

While many schools now offer a variety of methods for parent-teacher communication including by phone or email, only the iClass platform provides a completely free-to-use mobile app for parent-teacher communication.

It simplifies the entire communication process and ensures parents and teachers can get in touch with one another when needed.

The iClass Mobile App also allows for the dynamic publishing of news and events, both of which will help parents feel that they are fully informed of all related school activity.

Get in touch with us today to request a live iClassCMS demo or brochure.