10/18 Tech Talk: Remind 101

This week’s Tech Talk is: Remind 101

Remind 101 provides a free and easy way to contact your students/parents via text message. The great part about it is teachers never see students’ phone numbers, and students never see theirs. Once a teacher creates an account, students/parents sign up by sending a text message or an email; they never even have to visit the site. Teachers can add up to 10 different groups of people/classes to communicate with, and can even schedule messages for the future if they would like. Parents/Students CANNOT reply to your texts.

Watch this video to learn more! – http://vimeo.com/28086897

If Remind 101 is something that you want to try, watch this tutorial video for help – http://vimeo.com/27158590

If you are a Twitter user, Remind 101 has a page. From what I can see, it seems as though the creators of Remind 101 are very willing to help! They do state in their privacy policy that…”If you are a minor (under the age of 18), you may only use this service and disclose Personal Information with your parent or guardian’s express consent.” So, if you intend to use this service with your students, I recommend notifying and getting permission from parents first.

Classroom integration idea – send home directions on how to subscribe to your Remind 101 updates in one of your first parent newsletters! Once parents sign up, you can text them about tests, field trips, etc. and not ever have to worry about them getting your personal phone number!

Have a great day!

***Follow-up Comment:  I did contact Remind101 via Twitter to ask about the possibility of ads being texted to parents/students.  They ensured me that this would NEVER happen.


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