Graphic. Comparison between Classtag and ClassDojo.

Teacher-Family Communication Apps: ClassTag vs ClassDojo

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By SchoolStatus 7 min

When it comes to finding the best teacher-Family communication app, the search in itself may feel slightly overwhelming. Because of this, we’re often asked what the difference is between ClassTag’s all-in-one platform and ClassDojo. So, we’ll help you understand that difference so you can find the best communication app for you and the families you serve.

How is ClassTag Different from Class Dojo?

Key Focus

At ClassTag, we make it happen by connecting teachers and families with one easy-to-use use app for all your communication needs. Both teachers and families enjoy a streamlined experience while engaging with one another through all of the tools ClassTag has to offer.

In comparison, according to ClassDojo, the focus is on “giving kids learning experiences they love”. This app is about creating happier classrooms through managing and rewarding good student behavior. With ClassDojo, Family communication and connection are secondary; with ClassTag, they’re a primary focus.

Comparing Teacher-Family Communication App ClassTag with Class Dojo

“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

Off the Charts

As the comparison chart above shows, ClassTag offers teachers and families so much by way of features. The best part is everything about our teacher-Family communication app is absolutely free!

ClassTag’s goal is to empower teachers to reach every Family in order to achieve better engagement, participation, and support. 

Again, with Class Dojo’s student-centeredness, positive behavior is the focus. So, teachers will need other apps and tools to supplement what’s not offered.

As you continue reading this guide, you’ll better understand how ClassTag’s teacher-Family communication app is truly unique in these areas:

      1. Scheduling Meetings and Events
      2. Keeping Families in The Loop
      3. Accessibility and Engaging Every Family

Scheduling Meetings and Events

All throughout the year, teachers need to schedule meetings and events. These are things like Family-teacher conferences and school wide talent shows. Traditionally, flyers are made and announcements are sent via a robo-calling system. Unfortunately, these efforts don’t reach every Family.

All-in-One Scheduling Simplicity

ClassTag is best for those who want the simplicity of one platform for all teacher-Family communication. Whether scheduling the annual book fair or setting specific conference times, ClassTag has you covered. As well, our teacher community from over 25,000 schools love that they can use our app for setting up calendar items and requesting volunteers.

Ultimately, ClassTag gives you the ease and convenience of scheduling absolutely everything within one app. It’s so much easier than juggling between multiple tools.

On the other hand, ClassDojo has no integrated scheduling capabilities like there are with ClassTag.

Google Integrations

With so many educators using all that Google has to offer, we’ve designed our ClassTag platform to seamlessly integrate with the entire Google suite.

ClassTag’s integration with Google Classroom, Calendar, and Meet automatically help you keep families organized, present, and up-to-speed with their school-related dates.

For example, if you’re holding conferences, a Family can choose one of the time slots you’ve made available on our app. Then, through ClassTag’s Google integration, that appointment is “auto-magically” synced into their Google Calendar. But wait, there’s more!

You can hold any meeting with families virtually through Google Meet. As ClassTag conferences (and yes, events) are placed in Google Calendar, your Meet conference link will be included automatically. An added benefit is that families will receive automated reminders about their appointments, all without you having to click a finger. Talk about convenience, flexibility, and accountability!

Keeping Families in The Loop

Keeping families in the loop of everything happening in your classroom is a fantastic, and necessary, way to maintain Familyal connection and engagement.

Reach Every Family with Automated Digital Newsletters with ClassTag’s Teacher-Family Communication App  

At ClassTag, we designed the Weekly Summary, an automated newsletter for families with all your upcoming classroom activities for the week. While Class Dojo also has a similar function, ClassTag has upped the game in this area. Our Weekly Summaries are sent as an email or SMS with a link to view a personalized copy according to families’ notification preferences.

As a teacher, you can either customize your Weekly Summary message or just sit back and let ClassTag do all the work. We’ll automatically pull everything you have scheduled for the week ahead, pop it into your summary, and deliver it on your behalf. Simple, informative, and engaging!

Accessibility and Engaging Every Family

Multiple Languages and Modes of Communication

Serving ELL families can be a communications challenge if you don’t share the same home languages. With this, both ClassDojo and ClassTag offer language translation.

Use ClassTag and your messages will be automatically converted into any of the 100 languages available, according to Family-set preferences. Yes, connecting with every Family in their preferred language gets your physical messages across. But, it also communicates a deeper message of intention and inclusion on your part.

Access to Technology

If you want your communication to reach and engage every Family, then having one of the best apps for teachers is necessary. Class Dojo’s reach is limited to families who have access to technology and are on the app. But what about families who have little, or even no, technology resources? This is where ClassTag excels.

ClassTag allows you to send messages to families through their own established choice of text, email, app, or website. But for those with limited, to no, technology resources, our app has your back. You’ll be prompted with smart, actionable alerts and recommendations to ensure connection happens. For example, you’ll be notified as it becomes obvious which families may not have tech access. Then, you’ll be able to print your communications to send home.

With the ClassDojo app, communication with families solely happens within the app and through no other method. Truly, reaching every Family matters to ClassTag.

Connecting with Difficult-to-Reach Families Through Your Teacher-Family Communication App

Finally, both ClassTag and Class Dojo offer Family engagement tracking. However, ClassTag takes it to the next level!

With our school app for families, you’ll know when your messages are received and read. When there’s no activity, you can check the available Family engagement stats. This information helps you better determine how to connect with those who are difficult to reach. Overall, ClassTag has taken every step to boost accessibility for every Family.

ClassTag is Simply THE BEST Teacher-Family Communication App!

So there you have it- all the ways that ClassTag stands out when it comes to finding the best teacher-Family communication app.

Whether you’re sending messages to families, scheduling conferences, or setting up your Classroom Fund for supplies, our tremendous variety of communication and Family engagement features truly set ClassTag apart.

As for your quest to find a school communication app,  well, look no further because ClassTag is simply the best!

To see how ClassTag also compares to other apps, read this informative blog:

Teacher-Family Communication App Comparison

Still curious? Classtag is free for you forever and that’s a price that’s worth your time. Go ahead… give it a try!

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