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SXSWedu Preview: TalkingPoints Lets Teachers and Schools Communicate With ALL Of Their Families

talkingpoints-sxswedu-top SXSWedu Preview: TalkingPoints Lets Teachers and Schools Communicate With ALL Of Their FamiliesTalkingPoints Is Breaking The Language Barrier Between Schools, Teachers, and Their Families.

Diversity in most American schools is at an all time high. Classrooms today are made up of students from a wide range of nationalities. Students come from all kinds of backgrounds.

Teachers may have a classroom filled with kids from as far away as Italy, Japan, Korea or China. They may have students from Mexico, Germany or Turkey. While all of those kids are learning, and may speak fluent English, chances are their parents may not be so fluent.

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.

Find out more at SXSWedu, March 5-8th in Austin, in the Innovation Hub and online at talkingpts.org

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