When my daughter began kindergarten, she would come home with notes pinned to her shirt–informationa about upcoming events, permission slips for field trips, and monthly newsletters. I found this incredibly amusing, but I had to admit it was an effective way to get information home to parents when you are dealing with 5-year-olds.
As a high school teacher, I often wish I could pin announcements to my students’ clothing or backpacks to ensure they actually make it home to parents. For the last 3 years, I’ve used Remind to send text message announcements and reminders.
This year, I decided to embark on digital newsletters. I was concerned about the time this would take, but I was delighted to discover how simple it is to create beautiful multimedia newsletters in minutes with Smore.
After putting my digital newletter together with information about what we’ve been up to first semester and reminders, I copied all of my parent emails (from the Parent Survey Google Form I use at the start of the year) and sent the newsletter to all of my parents. I immediately received an email telling me it was sent succesfully!
I was able to check the analytics on my newsletter to see how many people had viewed it and how much time they spent reading it.
I could even see a map that showed where the viewers looking at my newsletter were located.
I was able to go into my Flyer Settings to make my newsletter private, so only the people I was sharing it with directly could view it. Teachers can turn comments, name and profile information, social media buttons, etc. on or off depending on their preferences.
The free version gives users 5 credits to create free flyers. They can send up to 200 emails a month. If teachers fall in love with Smore, there is a personal account option they can pay for which is $15/month.
I’m always looking for more effective ways to communicate with parents, so I wanted to share this! Smore was so easy to use and I love that I was able to see how my audience was engaging with the newsletter! I no longer have to rely on students to get my parents information about the class.