Are you looking for a way to text students safely? This free app is for you!
There's no denying that today's students are glued to their cellphones. It used to drive me nuts! But then I started to wonder how we as teachers can use this behavior to our advantage <insert devious cackle here> Hmm…
Since students never drop their cellphones, why not use them as a method to keep in touch about their learning? Enter Remind, the safe way to connect with students and parents on their personal mobile devices.
Simply put, Remind allows you to message students on their devices without having access to their phone numbers, and without them having access to yours. An important distinction for both you and your students' privacy. Teachers, parents, and students also have easy access to their chat logs so they can go back to review message history, if needed.
Signing up takes seconds, and you can send group texts to your entire classroom or messages to individuals.
One of my favorite features of Remind is the scheduling feature. Once your classroom is set up, you can schedule group messages as far in advance as you need to. This is great for putting in reminders about important due dates or exams. Spending a few minutes putting reminders in all at once ends up saving a bunch of time later on.
All in all, Remind is a wonderful way to take advantage of your students' device addictions. It's a sure-fire way to make sure they don't miss an important classroom update.
Do you deliver updates to your students via their mobile devices? How do you manage this in your classroom? I'd love to hear about it, leave me a comment on this article.
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for SimpleK12.com. She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.