Messaging – Communicating with students and parents
Messaging enables you to communicate with students and parents. (Learn how to invite parents to Classcraft here.)
Class Announcements are one-way messages that blast out to all students in your class. Alternatively, Parent Announcements reach out to all parents who are using Classcraft.
You can upload attachments with your messages, such as handouts, worksheets, or permission slips. You can do this by hovering your cursor over the paperclip icon. Click the paperclip to upload from your computer or use the corresponding buttons for Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.
You can also have private, one-on-one conversations with students or parents. In the upper part of the screen, select the “Class” tab to view your student lists, and the “Parents” tab to view parents. You can then select a name from the list to start messaging them individually.
Note: Students can't communicate with each other using the Messaging feature.
Enabling and disabling replies
In the case of announcements, replies are automatically disabled. But when messaging individual students or parents, you can enable or disable replies to control the conversation. To do so, simply toggle the button in the top right of the message.
Note that you can delete your own replies, but you cannot delete a student's or parent's replies.
When a new message awaits your attention, a green bubble will appear over the Messaging icon in the left sidebar. You can view these notifications in your Activity Center or in your Game Dashboard by clicking the bell () icon. Click on the “Activity” tab in the upper part of your Teacher Dashboard and select the “Notifications” tab.
If you only wish to see your messages, filter your notifications by “Messages.”
When a new message awaits your attention, a green bubble will appear over the Messaging icon in the left sidebar.
You can also choose to receive email notifications for each new direct message by changing your notifications settings. If you've enabled push notifications, you'll also be alerted on your browser or mobile device when you receive a new message.