Here’s your first assignment for the year… do you want to improve communication with students and parents?
Let’s face it – students don’t use email. In fact, their parents don’t really use email as much anymore, either. Parents and students alike are more likely to get a text message than an email message. Yet, teachers understandably do not want to send students text messages that will allow students to see their mobile numbers, or worse, to send back inappropriate responses.
Remind solves these problems. The concept is simple. Teachers register their mobile number on the website and create a class for free. Students (and parents) then subscribe to the class either through email, a link, or a text message.
Once the students and the teachers are linked, teachers can send out text messages to the students instantly or they can schedule future messages. Remind hides BOTH the teachers’ phone numbers and the students’ phone numbers from each other. The messages are one way; students cannot reply to the message or send messages to the phone number that appears.
My son’s fifth grade teacher at Shamona Creek, Mrs. Chalfont, uses Remind to text the parents about upcoming tests and quizzes. I use Remind to text my blended teachers to let them know if I’m in their building that day.
Remind can become an extremely valuable tool; it’s really useful for all educators!