For this first emergent technology review I stumbled upon an amazing resource for teachers called Remind101. This is a service that allows teachers to send out reminder texts or emails without giving out their personal information. This seems like a great tool for any teacher or organizer to use. When I was reviewing this tool I looked at several reviews from teachers who are currently using this tools, and reviews from parents and students who have teachers that use it. I don’t currently have a classroom, so I can’t provide a review from a personal standpoint but I am still excited to share this tool with you and will defiantly be using this when I do get a classroom!
Before I get into more details let me share that this exciting tool is FREE! Free to everyone anytime, with no limitation! I am so excited! I love free tools that actually work! FREE
Remind101 acts like any of the major texting service you might have for text alerts, like codes for movie rentals, or coupons for stores. When teachers sign up they get a code and they give out to parents or students. Parents simply text the code to the provided phone number and they are set up to receive reminders from you. One of the downfalls of the program is that parents cannot respond to the text message they receive, but you could include a statement to e-mail or call with questions.
As a teacher the set up is very easy. You set up an account get a code and hand it out to parents. There are no confusing buttons, or hidden pathways. It is really easy to navigate! Then as parents respond you can set up groups and classes, so your messages can go out to all the parents, or just certain groups of them. Another feature that Remind101 provides is the ability to set up reminders to go out in the future, and if something changes you can easily delete the message before it is sent out.
The reliability of the site seems to be outstanding. Out of the reviews I read, nobody complained of the site ever being down, or sending message at the wrong time, or with errors.
I love the privacy of this feature. Since your phone number is not connected with the site there is no way students or parents could get your information. In addition you are cannot see students personal numbers, which in some schools is a big no-no.
Going through the process of finding a emergent technology that I will actually use, and learning how to use it now is such a blessing! Now when I get my classroom I am going to be armed and ready to go!