As educators we know that effective and frequent communication with parents/ guardians helps support the needs of our students. Typically, we pick up the phone in our free time to call home to discuss the happenings of our classrooms with parents. What if you could send a text or email instead?
Have you ever heard one of these in your classroom:
I didn’t know there’s test today.
I forgot my project.
I couldn’t remember which pages to read.
I did’t write down the assignment so, I forgot which numbers to complete.
Remind will allow you to send text to all (or just certain ones) of your students, parents or guardians without you having to use your personal number to send it. It is a one way free text messaging/ emailing system that students and parents would have to opt into to use. Another plus: you can use Remind on any device as long as it has an internet connection.
Remind will allow you to schedule your message to send at a later date (maybe for that big test reminder?) and allows you to attach documents, photos or a voice clip if needed.
Getting Started with Remind
1. Go to http://www.remind.com
2. Click on the blue Teacher Sign Up button.
3. Input your name, email, and a password. OR Click the Google button to sign up using your Google account. (I’d recommend the Google method so you don’t have to add another password to your long list of those to remember.)
4. Click the blue Add a New Class button on the left to set up a code specific to each class you teach or group you wish to communicate with.
5. Enter your class name and type a code you wish to use. (Sometimes your code will be taken, but remind will suggest a code for you.)
6. You will be shown a screen with the number students or parents/ guardians should a text to along with your class code. Alternatively, a student or parent/guardian can scan the QR code. If you wish to send a sheet home to request that parents join the contact list, click Download PDF at the top print out the handout and send home with the student. There are also directions on how to sign up to receive email reminders on the handout. You could also invite anyone you wish to join your contact group through email if you have their email address on hand.
You can always find the invitation screen from your dashboard by clicking the blue Invite students & parents button found on the right hand side of the screen.
In the TO box you have 3 options:
-you can send a message to all classes
-just the classes you select
-individuals who have subscribed
After selecting your recipients, type your message in the box. If you wish to attach a document or picture click the paperclip. If you wish to schedule your message to send out at a later date, click the calendar and set your date/time.
From your dashboard, you can see who is registered for each class by clicking on the class on the left and then looking at the list of subscribers on the bottom right hand side. You can clear the entire class or just remove one person. To remove one person click on their name in the list and click Remove from Class
- Remind students of homework due the next day.
- Remind parents of an upcoming event in your class.
- Invite parents to a special event in your school.
- Remind students to bring an item needed in class.
- Send an request of parents to return your call.
Why it Matters (Teaching Rubric)
An effective communication system in the classroom leads to a Respectful Culture (essential competency 3.4) by communicating in a way that is professional, positive, and inclusive of all students. By regularly sharing information about the classroom to families, responding promptly to contact from parents, and developing activities designed to engage families successfully, Remind can help you provide a venue for Stakeholder Engagement and Communication (competency 4.4).
Today’s challenge is to look over Remind and reflect on how you could use this resource to enhance communication with the stakeholders in your classes / school. Share those reflections in the comments below and if you have another great way to communicate with students, parents or guardians please feel free to add it to your comments as well. Commenting on others responses is a great way to share ideas and make educational connections, just remember that “active participation” is more than just an “attaboy” for someone else. Enjoy!
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