If you have been looking for an easy, privacy-ensuring way to quickly communicate via text message with your students and/or their parents, Remind is a perfect tool to do so. Merely open a free account, create classes for each of the periods you teach, and Remind will generate a code for each class. You can then either project the code to join on a screen or email it to your students. Your students will text your class code to the provided number, enter their name, their role as a student, and then hit submit. You are then free to begin texting your students to any device, including email addresses if they do not have a cell phone! (Note: Cell phone numbers are never exchanged between teacher and student as it runs all through Remind.)
They have a web-based login as well as an app you may download to your phone. Additional features include the ability to choose whether to allow your students to message or reply to you or not, and if you do, you may set office hours so that you’ll only receive messages during those times. You can send messages to individual students, a small group, one of your classes, or all of your students at once. Remind even provides you with the opportunity to send images, voice clips, and documents which you can also schedule in advance. Finally, Remind keeps a record of all of the communication you have with each of your students to maintain communication integrity.
I use Remind to “remind” students about quizzes, send last minute message to advisees, and most recently provide updates about summer reading. I also create a separate class for parents and invite them to join through email if they would like to have updates about upcoming due dates and events in our class.
The students have responded positively to this easy way to communicate and far fewer due dates are missed as a result.
Here’s to a great year of making a difference in the lives of our students!