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A "Byte of Information" to satisfy your appetite for technology... Remind

posted Apr 23, 2015, 7:35 AM by Christine Lion-Bailey

March 17, 2015  In an effort to keep with the theme of Saint Patrick's Day, let's talk about how we can use technology to "go green" in the area of communication...

This week's featured tool is called Remind.  Remind is a free, safe, easy-to-use communication tool that helps teachers connect instantly with students and/or parents.  Remind can be used as an app on your phone/iPad or through the Remind website.  Remind is a great tool that teachers can use to communicate with their students and/or parents through text message without disclosing your personal cell phone number or having access to the cell phone numbers of your students/parents. Remind takes care of all of the correspondence for you and codes your phone numbers to maintain privacy.  

Remind can be used to send out information regarding your class, clubs, sports, etc.  Some examples of ways that you can use Remind are to alert parents/students that there is a test coming up on a particular date, that extra help is being offered (or that extra help is being rescheduled), remind parents that there is a special event taking place in the classroom, make parents/athletes aware that there is a game and it’s location, etc.  Remind will text message the student/parent for you using just your name (as you put it into Remind) to identify from whom the information is being sent.  Remind never discloses your personal information to the message recipients.

Remind is a great way to maintain communication with students/parents.  I know several teachers who use Remind, from elementary level teachers who use it to communicate with parents, up through middle school teachers who use it to communicate with their students.  As a coach, I used Remind to communicate with my athletes and their parents on a regular basis regarding games and practices.

Remind is free and very user friendly.  You can operate Remind through your phone or iPad by installing the Remind App or through any device that is connected to the internet by simply visiting the Remind website.  If you would like to learn more about Remind, explore the options that it presents for communication with students and parents, and/or set up a free Remind account so that you can start using it, visit www.remind.com.   Happy Tech-ing!