My April Bright Idea (sort of): Text your kiddos with Remind 101!

Parent emails are sooo 2009.

Enter: Remind101.

Have you heard of it? It's a totally free and safe website that allows teachers to send text messages to their students (or parents, primary teachers!).  This is a great solution for those quick reminders that we need to get to our students or parents fast, like...

"Don't forget to bring your sneakers for the field trip tomorrow!"

or

"Don't forget to bring me something chocolate on Friday if you want an 'A' on that math test!"
 
Okay, before I go on, full disclosure since this is the 'Bright Ideas Link Up':


This is not really my idea. If it was, I would be neither blogging nor teaching.  I would be spending my days on the beaches of some remote island sipping pina somthing-or-others and counting my twenty dollar bills and diamonds because I'd be website-creating genius.

Since that's not me, I'll simply share another's actual idea and stake claim on the idea that my idea is to tell about the idea someone else had.  You with me? (It's okay if you're not. Keep reading anyway.)

I recently did discover Remind101 and it's absolutely awesome.

Here's one thing I've learned about sixth graders and how they're not completely like second graders. They love, love to text.  So, why not capitalize on that?

I can send protected group texts to my class like this one:

The message goes to my whole class - and the kids can't text back because it doesn't come from my phone; it comes through Remind101's system.  So they can't text back questions or responses. They just get the text.

 I was able to oh-so quickly set up a free account.  Here's what you do:

1. Go to Remind101 and sign up for free! (Booyah!)
2. You'll be assigned a fake number and a class sign up code.


3. Students text your code to the fake number and follow the prompts.
4. Visit your dashboard to send messages and see who is signed up.


Now your students are signed up to receive your messages.  How cool is that?  So, totally *ohmygosh* cool. That's why next year I'm going to have all my parents sign up at Back to School Night and my sixth graders, too.

I think this Bright Idea is a great one for building great communication!  Hope you get to try it out!

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4 comments

  1. I have used Remind101 with my school families (I teach 2nd) since the beginning of the school year and I have had tons of positive feedback. Parents love the quick reminders I send and it is so easy and unobtrusive to do it via text. I love it! ~ Lisa

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