ClassTag Hacks / Oct 07, 2018

How to Switch From Other Communication Apps To ClassTag In 60 Seconds or Less

Most teachers try to evaluate their technology needs before the first school bell. When classes begin, apps and tools – especially your parent communication app – should provide support, save time and enrich the classroom experience… but what if things don’t go according to plan?

What if the parent communication app you’ve chosen doesn’t fulfill expectations, or even worse, a provider suddenly discontinues the service? Switching tech tools in the middle of the school year can feel overwhelming or even impossible. That’s why we made transitioning to ClassTag quick and painless.

Teachers who decided to embark on the dreaded mid-year switch agree – it wasn’t as hard as they feared and parents have been very understanding, too. Some turn to ClassTag after realizing that other tools didn’t tick all the boxes for them. Recently, we’ve also had a mass migration of those who were let down by a sudden shutdown of parent communication app, ClassMessenger.

Here’s what some of our new users think of the switch:

“I used Class Dojo and Remind.  I changed to ClassTag because I love that it sends automatic reminders.  I also love the weekly newsletters.  The biggest benefit is that parents will still receive emails, even if they haven’t registered.

“Remind worked  for quick announcements, but I wanted something more.”

“I found the scheduling of conferences to be SUPER easy and quick (compared to SignUpGenius – which I always messed up).”

“THANK YOU! I was using Class Messenger and the parents loved it. Now they’re shutting down December 23rd. I’m excited to see ClassTag exceed their expectations. Imported contacts quickly and now getting everyone settled.”

Seamlessly switch from another parent communication app:

  1. If you’ve used another parent communication app, you should already have a list of parents’ emails. Get in touch with your previous provider or review the help section of the app to find out how to download it.
  2.  Join ClassTag and create your classroom. Don’t worry, once you’ve logged in we’ll take you through the process, step by step. Your classroom can be up and running in a couple of minutes.
  3. To get parents invited to ClassTag, you can simply cut and paste student names and parent emails. You can enter data manually or print flyers with individual codes to join. We have multiple ways of letting parents know about the new tool to make sure you reach everyone! You can even send invitations in different languages!

Remember, even if the parents haven’t registered yet on ClassTag, they will STILL receive communications from you, as long as their contact information is up-to-date.

Need a bit of help? ClassTag has an incredible customer service team standing by to assist you. We have also created a Facebook Group – the ClassTag Educators’ Lounge – where users can ask questions, share ideas, connect with the ClassTag team and other educators, as well as learn from teachers who succeed at turning parents into partners.

That’s it! You can now take advantage of everything ClassTag has to offer: automated newsletters, scheduling events and conferences, requesting volunteers, communications and much more – all in one place.

A full year is a long time to be stuck with a parent communication app which doesn’t bring you joy. We believe that it’s ok to change your mind – even in the middle of the school year.


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