Today’s post highlights a text communication tool for educators called REMIND. As you know, teens and their phones rarely part. So why not send their devices class reminders and shout-outs from you?
REMIND is a notification program that sends out text and emails messages from the teacher. The teacher’s phone number is NOT displayed and the service does not provide conversation interaction. Teachers create a class in REMIND and the class is assigned a unique code that is used when students and parents sign up for text or email notifications.
Once they are signed up, students and parents will receive a text message or email from the teacher anytime it’s sent to the class. Teachers log in to REMIND via the web to post a reminder. Each message is limited to 140 characters.
Student and parent phone numbers are not displayed to the teacher since all subscribers are identified by name only. Teachers can create up to 10 classes and have an unlimited number of students and parents signed up in each class. REMIND has the ability to schedule messages to be sent at a specific day and time.
Teacher view to submitting message:
Student view of received message:
The best part of REMIND is that it is FREE!
There are a couple of text services that have limited free texts and work on tiered pricing for additional users. They are; ClassPager and KikuText (website is no longer available)
In the comments section of this post describe a way you would use a text service.