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PLAYMessenger Edu
by PLAYGround Digital
GRADES / Elementary (Grades K-4), High School (Grades 9-12), Higher Education, Middle School (Grades 5-8)
PRICING PLANS / Free
PLATFORMS / iPhone App, iPad App, Android Smartphone App, Android Tablet App

Facilitates communication between parents, teachers & administrators

Overview

PLAYMessenger is a messaging app for teachers, parents, and students. Users communicate with one another through text, audio, or photo messages in groups or one on one. All accounts are verified and protect though PRIVO, and parents have the option to set parental controls on student accounts. PLAYMessenger is free for all users.

APPROACH

All adult users begin using PLAYMessenger by downloading the app and creating a personal account. Users do so by following prompts and entering in relative information such as name, a username and password, and date of birth. Once the account has been created, users will be directed to verify their account using PRIVO, where they will have to enter in the last four digits of their social security number, driver’s license number, and credit card number to verify their identity and account.

Users then add ‘Buddies,’ or contacts, by selecting the ‘Buddies’ tab from their menu. They enter in a user’s username into the search bar at the top of the screen and select ‘add.’ A request is then sent to the new buddy. After the buddy accepts the request, their contact will appear on the user’s buddy list. Users can also take a picture of their desired buddy’s QR code, and a friend request is instantly sent. To send a Buddy a message, users select either the add icon in the top right corner of the interface of the ‘Chats’ dashboard, or select a buddy from the ‘Buddies’ dashboard and message them from their contact.

Parent users can enable Trust Mode from their account for their student by going to settings, selecting the ‘MyKIDS’ section, and selecting their child or children’s profile.. Trust Mode allows parents to approve buddies and sent content before their children receive it.

Students can create accounts without their parents, but their access will be limited. Once students add their parents’ PRIVO verified email address to their account, they will have full access to send messages to their buddies.

WHO’S USING IT

As of 2016, over 10,000 students and educators are using PLAYMessenger.

PRICING

PLAYMessenger is free for all users. 

EDUCATOR REVIEWS

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Teacher Full starFull starFull starFull starNo star
School Type: High School, High ELL Population

1) I would definitely offer more training in how to use the system. This might be a bit of a learning curve for some people.
2) I didn't get what the pricing schedule was for this app, but because teachers are using it it ...

EDUCATOR REVIEWS

Teacher Full starFull starFull starFull starNo star
School Type: High School, High ELL Population

1) I would definitely offer more training in how to use the system. This might be a bit of a learning curve for some people.
2) I didn't get what the pricing schedule was for this app, but because teachers are using it it ...

Jesus Full starFull starFull starFull starNo star
IT Help Desk. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Low Income Population, College Prep School

I would make this product migrate into the existing student management portal, so the parents can be notified about missing assignme...

PRICING PLANS

Free

Free - The plan includes all features.
Can be purchased by Teacher, School Leader, District Administrator, Student, or Parent.

TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS

This product is available as a native application on the following devices:
Android Smartphone App
Download available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pgdigital.playmessenger
Android Tablet App
Download available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pgdigital.playmessenger
iPad App
Download available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id954166121
iPhone App
Download available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id954166121

PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES

Audience

For Administrators For Administrators
For Parents For Parents
For Students For Students
For Teachers For Teachers

Characteristics

Collaboration Tools Collaboration Tools
Communication Tool Communication Tool