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ISTE 2018 Preview: Talking Points Lets Teachers Communicate With All Their Students’ Families

talkingpoints-iste2018-top ISTE 2018 Preview: Talking Points Lets Teachers Communicate With All Their Students' FamiliesTalking Points Is Breaking The Language Barrier Between Teachers and Parents

One thing that we love about technology in education is how it’s helping solve real world problems for teachers. One of the biggest problems is accessibility across teachers and parents. In many schools, teachers encounter students who have learned to speak English quite well, while their parents at home may not have. The home language could be Spanish, Mandarin, Hebrew, Arabic or any of the thousands of other languages out there.

In many households children come home and have to translate teacher’s notes, assignments and other messages to their parents. Teachers may know some Spanish, Mandarin, French or even Farsi but there are still roadblocks when trying to communicate important messages to those families.

Talkinpoints has created a tool that allows teachers and schools to reach all of their students’ families in their home languages using text messages.

It’s simple too. Teachers or schools just prepare messages on their mobile devices or computers as they normally would. TalkingPoints knows which families need those messages in which languages and TalkingPoints supports 20+ languages, including:

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Burmese
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • English
  • Farsi
  • French
  • German
  • Gujarati
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Nepali
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
  • with more to come.

TalkingPoints translation engine is designed specifically for education so it knows what terms teachers and administrators are naturally going to use in their conversation. It also uses high quality and culturally sensitive translation for each and every language. As parents and families respond to the teachers, their messages are also translated back, using the same technology, care and sensitivity.

With TalkingPoints, schools get seamless setup. The system requires minimal training, and schools can get started right away. TalkingPoints also features school wide messaging and clever SIS integration. An analytics platform lets schools and teachers know which messages were read and by how many.

Whether it’s a homework reminder, a PTA signup or a school wide emergency, over 2000 schools trust TalkingPoints to communicate with their entire school community.

See how Talking Points is closing the language gap at ISTE 2018 in the AT&T EdTech Startup Pavilion, booth #1644 and online at talkingpts.org

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