If you are looking for an effective way to communicate with parents that doesn't involve tons of set up or parents signing up for one more thing, then Google Voice is a great option to consider. And it's completely free!
1. Call, Text, Video Call & Send Pictures
If you have a Google account you can easily set up your own FREE phone line just for parent communication. This is a phone number assigned to you that is separate from your personal number. No reason to give out your personal phone number to parents! You don't need to contact your phone service provider, you just need a Google account to set up your Google Voice phone number.
When you sync your Google Voice number with your smart phone, you can take incoming calls, text parents, send pictures and even video call with your students. The best part is that when a call comes through your phone, you will be alerted that it's a call coming in from your Google Voice phone line, so you will automatically know that it's a parent and not a personal call.
2. Translation Features
One of the great things about Google Voice is the Google Translate features. This is a free translation service which translates words and phrases between English and over 100 languages. This is one benefit of using Google Voice over other apps, and provides an easier means for parents to stay in touch and help their children.
3. Feels More Personable
I have never been a fan of giving out my personal contact information to parents, so when my husband shared with me Google Voice, I knew this would be a great alternative. Because you are giving out a specific phone number and not asking parents to sign up for one more app, parents feel like they are bein