TalkingPoints is a multilingual texting tool primarily used for school-to-home/parents communication that incorporates automatic translation within the app. Organizations and staff communicate with families through SMS messaging.
They can send and receive SMS messages with automatic translation, and also have curated SMS messages that can be sent to families. Messages can be send through the TalkingPoints website or app.
Parents can opt to receive messages through Texting (SMS/MMS) or the TalkingPoints parent app. TalkingPoints has found greater parent engagement through the app than text messages. As well, attachments, such as videos, documents, etc., can be included within the app.
Current known uses in the sector
- TalkingPoints can be used in Citizenship Preparation, Community Connections, Employment-related, Information and Orientation, Library Settlement Partnership, Settlement Workers in Schools, Pre-Arrival as a messaging tool with clients and communities.
TalkingPoints is free for teachers to use with up to 200 students, 5 classes. Administrative plans (schools & districts) have additional features and costs.
Ease of use & Accessibility
TalkingPoints is easy to use for administrators and teachers, as well as parents. They have extensive accessibility efforts and settings, including help to ensure messages are sent using plain language.
TalkingPoints is mobile based.
Privacy/security features, including data security and message encryption
TalkingPoints offers message translation into over 100 languages.