Mar 25 2012

Safe Text Messaging for Teachers- Remind101

jim

http://remind101.com/

If you have never heard of Remind101, you are in for a treat! This hidden gem touts itself as a “Safe way for teacher to text message students and stay in touch with parents. Free!”


Remind101 from remind101 on Vimeo.

So many districts have policies in place that disallow teachers from sending text messages to students. But text messaging is probably the most effective way to get in touch with students- and in many cases, parents as well. Email is quickly becoming outdated, especially among students. This awesome site allows teachers to send out a text message to whoever opts-in to receive the text message. Here are some caveats to this free service:

  • Teacher creates account and a unique code is generated
  • Teacher can print a customized instruction sheet for students/parents
  • Students and parents can then opt-in to see the messages sent by texting the code to the given number (will be long distance in most cases)
  • The teacher sends a text message to Remind101 who then relays the message to users
  • The teacher never sees the student/parent phone numbers, but can see the names of the people receiving the messages
  • It’s one-way messaging: students and parents cannot send a text message back like normal text conversations
  • If a student/parent doesn’t have SMS, they can opt to receive the text message via email
  • Teacher can have up to 10 classes
  • Teacher can schedule when text messages are to be sent
  • History of teacher’s messages is kept to know what was sent and when

Imagine the possibilities for sending out reminders:

  • upcoming tests
  • extra-curricular events
  • last-minute alerts
  • links to study resources
  • and lots more!

Personally, I have tried out the service with my church’s LifeGroup so I can send messages to the group throughout the week. I simply type the message and schedule it to be sent. It has been awesome!