There are three different kind of messages in TinyApp: News&Highlights, Chat and Notifications. What is the difference and when to use which one?

1) News & Highlights

This is for documenting pedagogical activities and learning moments in school or kindergarten. Teacher can link learning areas and competences to these messages and share information about the activities.

Sender: Teacher or Head of School or Kindergarten

How does it work? Teacher can send these messages in the teacher's dashboard and in the mobile application. You can add many kinds of attachments (photos, videos, voice, pdfs etc.) and always select recipients.
How to reply? Parents can reply to these messages and teachers can see these replies in the mobile application. Teachers can continue this message thread by replying in the mobile application.

Who can see my replies? Replies are visible only for parents of the same child and teachers of that specific group where the child belongs to. Reply from the parent is not visible for other children's parents.

2) Chat

This is for short and quick conversation between one child's parents and teachers. Each child has their own chat thread.

Sender: Teacher or parent

How does it work? Chat is working in mobile application both for teachers and parents.

Who can see messages and replies? All of the parents of the child and all of the teacher of child's group can see and participate to the chat.

3) Notifications

These notifications comes from parents and teachers can mark these when they have seen it.

Sender: Parent

How does it work? Parent can send the notification from the mobile application to inform teacher for example about child's sudden absence, holiday request or some other thing. Teacher gets notification about this and when mark it as read, parent get notification too.

Who can see the notification? Parents of a child and teacher of the group

Where to find them? In the mobile under the tab "notifications" and in the dashboard they are in child's profile.

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