There are a lot of great communication tools on the web. The tools below are free, easy to use, and they do what they say they will do:
BuddyPress– BuddyPress is Social Networking, the WordPress way. Easily create a fully featured social network inside your WordPress.org powered site.
ClassPager– Engage your classroom with polls, exit tickets, after-class reminders, and more — delivered to each student on their own phone or tablet.
Diigo– Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community.
Edmodo– Edmodo helps connect all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential.
ePals– ePals is the social network optimized for K-12 learning. Over half a million classrooms in 200 countries and territories have joined the ePals Global Community.
Facebook– Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
FollowUpThen– Clear out your inbox by forwarding emails to FollowUpThen.
FutureMe– Write a letter to the future.
Google+ – (Website is no longer available)– Social network that aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life.
GroupTweet– Multiple users. One Twitter account.
GuerrillaMail– Disposable Temporary E-Mail Address.
Hootsuite– The leading social media dashboard to manage and measure your social networks.
HTML Mails– Compose rich-text HTML mails (with inline images and tables) and send them to anyone with a click. Your messages will look the same across all email clients.
Instagram– Snap a picture, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram. Share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr too – it’s as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented.
Kikutext (Discontinued 8/31/2017)– Kikutext is a service that makes it easy for teachers to communicate with parents using text messaging, so students perform better.
The Learning Connection- Social network specifically for Indiana educators.
LinkedIn– Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network. Access knowledge, insights and opportunities.
Monster Media (formerly LocaModa)– Your Creative. Our Technology. Anywhere. LocaModa creates, produces and manages multi-channel marketing programs for brands and agencies.
MailCatch– Disposable temporary email addresses.
MailChimp– MailChimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results.
MailVU– Unleash the Power of Video with the Simplicity of Email.
My Big Campus– My Big Campus is a web-based social learning network developed for K-12 school districts.
Privnote– Privnote is a free web based service that allows you to send top secret notes over the internet. It’s fast, easy, and requires no password or user registration at all.
Remind– A safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents. Free.
scrim– Convert your email address into a short, cute and safe link you canshare on the web, in Twitter, forums, Craigslist, anywhere.
TodaysMeet– TodaysMeet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime.
Tweetdeck– TweetDeck is an app that brings more flexibility and insight to Twitter power users.
Twitdoc– The easy way to share your documents on Twitter.
Twitter– Instantly connect to what’s most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.
Twitterfall– Twitter with extra search capabilities.
Visible Tweets– Visible Tweets is a visualisation of Twitter messages designed for display in public spaces.
VoiceThread– Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.
Vyew- Vyew allows you to meet and share content in real-time or anytime. Upload images, files, documents and videos into a room. Users can access and contribute at anytime.
Pamela for Skype– Free, reliable and easy to use Skype audio and video recording software.
Skype– Make internet calls for free with Skype. Sign up today and discover a whole new world of staying in touch.
Skype Call Recorder– Make an MP3 recording of Skype calls.
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