Put an end to boring email communication! Smore provides email newsletters and electronic flyers with a variety of templates, colors, and styles. You can add your own photos and links, then send to parents, colleagues, and students.
The educator rate is $79/year, and allows you to set your flyers to private in order to protect your students’ privacy. Perks of the paid version also include additional educational background graphics, no ads, 5000 monthly emails, and the ability to remove the Smore branding. With the enhanced options that the paid account provides, you can have students build their own newsletters for an authentic audience in the Smore “classroom.” (See linked image below.) Make sure you are following your district’s guidelines for student data should you have students creating content.
Powerful analytics show who has received your newsletters, opened or clicked for more information. No more, “I never received that information,” comments. You can see where the traffic is coming from, and where the click throughs are going. The Smore newsletters are optimized for viewing on mobile devices as well as on a desktop mail application. They can even be printed as infographics for those hard copy enthusiasts.
I initially had an issue with my district’s email server blocking the newsletters from reaching my teacher and administrator audience. Fortunately, I was able to talk directly to the network administrator and he whitelisted the Smore domain and there haven’t been any issues since then.
(I was not paid or reimbursed to write this review. I have been a paid Smore user for 18 months.)