App Comparison / May 29, 2019

Teacher-Parent Communication Apps: ClassTag vs Remind

Comparing teacher-parent communication app options is overwhelming. As a result, we’re often asked: how is ClassTag different from Remind?

Well, both apps help teachers communicate with parents but that is where the similarities end!

We made this guide to help you get what’s right for your classroom. 

How is ClassTag different from Remind?

ClassTag is a quick, easy way to reach all parents (without limits!)

Both ClassTag and Remind have a suite of tools for reaching parents, however, ClassTag does have some bonus features which make it a quick, effective way to reach all parents:

  • No character limits
  • Parents receive messages before signing up to the app
  • Contact validation – alerts for bad contact details
  • Printouts of key communications to send home to offline parents
  • Weekly newsletter feature to keep parents up to date

Teacher-Parent Communication Tools

Here’s a full overview:

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It’s an all-in-one teacher-parent communication toolkit vs. a single-purpose app

Our users love the fact that they can use ClassTag for all communications, scheduling, calendar events, volunteers and conferences, rather than combining multiple tools.

“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

If you’re using Remind, you’ll almost certainly need a few other apps in your toolkit. If you find it a relief to have everything in one place, you might prefer to have all your parent community tools in the ClassTag app.

To see how ClassTag compares to other apps, read our articles:

Teacher-Parent Communication Apps: ClassTag Vs. ClassDojo

Teacher-Parent Communication Apps: ClassTag vs Bloomz

ClassTag has unique features for parent support, engagement, and participation

ClassTag has a suite of tools that make it simple to organize events and activities that parents actually show up for. Teachers using Remind would typically need more tools to manage this, which can make things complicated!

ClassTag helps teachers reach and engage families no matter what their circumstances

While both ClassTag and Remind have an automatic translation, only ClassTag has features for reaching all parents. ClassTag can automatically convert a teacher’s message into either email or SMS text, dependent upon the parent contact details available.

Also, ClassTag gives teachers smart, actionable alerts and recommendations. If a family isn’t being reached via email or mobile app, the chatbot-inspired assistant will recommend printing a personalized paper copy of announcements, reminders and schedules to be sent home in children’s backpacks to those harder-to-reach parents.

“Before I started using ClassTag, I tried Remind, ClassDojo and Bloomz… none of them were as well-received by parents as ClassTag.”

Casey Korder, 5th Grade Teacher at Claude and Stella Parson Elementary School

ClassTag is totally free for teachers, parents, and schools

Parent communication is essential and the last thing our educators and schools need is another cost. Thankfully ClassTag is completely free, for everyone. No up-sells, no gated features and no subscriptions.

For schoolwide reach or even for classrooms, there is a charge for Remind.

ClassTag can help teachers’ out-of-pocket expenses

As you surely know, many teachers are spending $100’s, maybe $1000’s of out-of-pocket, just on classroom supplies. But with ClassTag, you can finally get your students what they need and keep your salary.

Family-friendly brands want to support teachers like you. With the ClassTag Rewards program, they can do so through ClassTag as classroom supporters.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Use ClassTag for parent communication
  2. Accumulate “ClassTag Coins” as you engage parents through ClassTag
  3. Redeem your ClassTag Coins for free supplies and resources for your class

Teachers can then redeem their ClassTag Coins for teacher offers exclusively available on ClassTag Rewards.


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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