June 9, 2019

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Effective Communication Month

June brings us Effective Communication Month. If you are looking for some engaging and effective ways to communicate with your class, look no further than these four fabulous finds! 

Grades K-6


This must-see classroom management tool contains several features for communicating with students and parents plus many other features. Parents or students sign up with a provided code. Once enrolled, members receive and send communications privately.

Grades K-12


Bloomz is an all-in-one communication center for your class. Share photos, schedule conferences, send reminders, share calendar updates, schedule volunteers, and more. Watch the introduction video for more details about this multi-purpose tool.

Grades K-12


Try this real-time messaging tool for teams which includes archiving and search features. Create channels for different groups or teams to include messages, files, images, and more for sharing. File drag-and-drop works with Google Docs, Twitter, and more.

Grades K-12

Class Messenger

It takes less than one minute to sign up and start sending reminders, surveys, or announcements to students or parents. Users can choose how they receive messages: by app, by text message, or via email. See the teacher dashboard for more features.

3 Cool Communication Tools

This trio of sites, recently reviewed and added to our collection, offers some unique ways to communicate. Create a teleprompter, up your Twitter game with GIFs, and connect and communicate using Google Docs.

Grades 3-12


Use your computer's microphone to create an easy to use teleprompter with Teleprompt.me. Copy and paste your script to create presentations with this intuitive tool.

Grades K-12

Tall Tweets

This free, easy-to-use tool creates animated GIFs from Google Slides. Tall Tweets creates an image for each slide. After making all of your selections, create your GIF to download or share via Twitter. Don't miss the Getting Started Guide video.

Grades 6-12


Download and install the Chrome extension to easily provide feedback on Google documents. Highlight text found in Google Docs or Slides then select from the frequently used comments (such as passive voice or spelling errors) or insert your own.

Empower Group Communication

Keep groups on task and communicating effectively with these three tools that facilitate collaboration and communication.

Grades K-12


Don't miss this collaborative note-taking and note-sharing resource for teams that integrates with Google Drive and Microsoft Office. Create a note for a group and receive real-time updates, include checklists, upload images and documents, and more.

Grades K-12


Text images and your location with a combination of instant voice and text messages. This tool works with your headset, so you can be hands-free and it is device-agnostic! Hear messages live or listen later. Broadcast messages to individuals or a group.

Grades K-12

Simply Circle

Create Circles to increase parent-teacher communication. Manage Circles to share messages, pictures, and files; add tasks; organize events; and assign roles. Choose from three email deployment options (evening, morning, or every Sunday).

This Week at TeachersFirst

Join our book study to discover tools and ideas to align instructional technology use with curricular goals. Attend our #OK2Ask Twitter chats to connect with other educators and grow your PLN. And visit our Infusing Technology blog for an insightful post about an amazing communication tool.

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Announcing the Summer Book Study

Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Our summer book study features the book Integrating Technology in the Classroom, 2nd Edition by Boni Hamilton. Discover technology tools and projects that resonate with your teaching style and classroom context. Hurry, space is limited.

Learn how to participate in this book study »

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Come and Tweet With Us!

Stay Connected with Other Educators

We offer Twitter chats on the first and third Thursday of each month at 8 pm ET. Upcoming topics include: staying connected over the summer, differentiating instruction in a 1:1 environment, preparing for the new school year, augmented reality, and more.

Learn, share, and collaborate in our Twitter chats using hashtag #OK2Ask »

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Infusing Technology Blog

Tech Tool of the Month: ClassTag

Visit our Infusing Technology blog to pick up tech integration ideas for using ClassTag, our Tech Tool of the Month. Learn tips for how to use this tool to communicate with your families and save yourself time.

Save time and communicate with families with ClassTag »

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Share Your Thoughts

Weekly Poll

How do you prefer to communicate with your families? Answer our instant poll to share your thoughts and experience and to view how other educators replied.

How do you communicate with families? »

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