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June is Effective Communication Month

Communication is a vital part of all areas of our lives. Effective communication can be verbal, nonverbal, written, auditory, and visual. This week’s resources promote effective communication between teachers, parents, students, and colleagues. Discover tools to create blogs and podcasts, add voice messages to text or videos, share virtual sticky boards, and more!

Grades K-12

Castbox Creator Studio

Podcasts offer a great way to communicate information verbally. Create and share podcasts in a few easy steps with this tool. Create your free account, add your content with their simple drag-and-drop features, and publish when finished.

Grades 4-12


Create a website or blog to share written communication. Straw.Page is a free website creation tool and blogging platform that works on any device without registration. The free account allows you to post two sites with up to five pages each.

Grades K-12


Communicate by talking and listening during virtual meetings with up to thirty people. The free plan includes the site's core features, like unlimited floors and virtual apps. You can also screen share and chat with individuals or the entire group.

Grades 9-12


Students can connect and communicate on Doozy, a social platform where teams can chat, create quizzes, participate in group games, and much more. After you register, share the link for others to join. Use Doozy to connect during collaborative projects.

Grades 6-12

Mural for Education

Collaborate and communicate visually using Mural, a virtual whiteboard workspace with sticky notes, shapes and connectors to create diagrams, mind maps, drawing tools, images, and more. Create breakout rooms where groups of students can work together.

Grades K-12


Take advantage of this unique and free tool for use on a blog or website that embeds audio directly into portions of text. For example, students can add audio with deeper descriptions, interviews, music, and vocabulary definitions to a blog post.

Grades K-12


Create, communicate, and share videos for social media platforms. Add images, text animation, audio clips, video, and more to personalize content. Choose from several templates or go straight to the video editor to begin creating.

Grades 4-12


Curate and share texts, documents, links, photos, and more. Personalize the look of your page using layout, font, and background skin options. Save your Netboard and share the custom URL with others. You can keep the editing private or allow/add editors.

Grades K-12


Try out this fantastic way to communicate! This site allows you to add a voiceover to any YouTube video or video on your device using 15 different voices and 13 languages. This is a great way to communicate verbally with your ENL students.

Grades 8-12


Flock is a free chat and collaboration service. Communicate one-on-one or create a group using text or video conference. Add attachments, polls, a code snippet, or an emoticon. Create a to-do list to communicate with your group on a project.

This Week at TeachersFirst

Join our Summer book study by June 19, and don’t miss our sessions if you’re going to ISTELive 23! We’re also sharing a blog post related to communication and kindly request your feedback in our weekly poll. 

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Help every reader in your class succeed

Summer Book Study

Join us this summer as we read and discuss "Personalized Reading: Digital Strategies and Tools to Support All Learners" by Michelle Haiken! Our book study (July 10–August 18) will explore digital tools and instructional strategies to support all learners.

Register by June 19 »

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Join us for five sessions

ISTE Live 23

If you're attending the International Society for Technology in Education's ISTELive 23 conference, attend sessions from our staff members Melissa Henning and Ruth Okoye and contributors Barbara DeSantis and Karen Streeter!

Read about our sessions »

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Let’s Talk About: Practicing Creative Communication with Students

Read this blog post to learn creative ways for your students to recognize fun holidays in June. From Garfield the Cat Day to Ugliest Dog Day, this blog post is full of creative ideas to engage your students in communication.

Find new ideas and tools to try »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

Our weekly poll asks, “How do you mostly communicate with your families?" Share your reply and view the responses of other educators once you click submit.

Do you use email blasts, share blog posts, or something else? »

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