Published on April 15th, 2012 | by Jeff Herb7
Contact Students and Parents via Text or Email using Remind101
Let’s face it – your students and a lot of parents emphatically check their phones and email. Wouldn’t it be great to have an easy and safe way to mass communicate with the students and parents in your class without needing their personal cell phone numbers or having to give out yours?
Consider using Remind101, which is a free service that allows you to setup a classroom distribution list to mass communicate with your students and parents.
Remind101 is an opt-in service, which means that students and parents must sign-up for your list. This is ideal since an exchange of personal contact information never has to take place between you and your students. Remind101 works as an intermediary for the classes contact information.
Much like a real text message, the teacher simply logs into their account on Remind101 and is directed to a simple interface that lets them address the message (choose from their created classes) and then write the message. It is limited to 140 characters, much like a normal text message.
Keep in touch with your students to:
- Remind them of an upcoming test
- Ask them to bring something to class
- Provide homework reminders
- Alert them of a change in plans
Keep in touch with parents to:
- Keep them informed regarding events in the classroom
- Have them remind their child to study for a test or to complete homework
- Invite them to an open house or conferences
- Make them aware of issues in the classroom
Obviously, the list could go on. There are several services that are similar to this and, despite Remind101 being new, I am very pleased with how well it works and how enthusiastic the developers are to add new functionality.
Check them out at http://remind101.com.