Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 20 - Remind 101




“I forgot to study for the test.” 
''I left my field trip permission slip at home.”
“When is the science assignment due?” 
Wouldn’t you love a program to remind students and parents of important dates and assignments via text messages and emails ?  

There is an easy and safe solution.   REMIND 101.






REMIND 101 is a notification program that sends out text and email messages from the teacher. It does not provide conversation interaction.  Teachers create a class in REMIND 101 and the class is assigned a unique code that is used when students and parents sign up for text or email notifications.  




Once they are signed up, students and parents will receive a text message or email from the teacher anytime it's sent to the class.  Teachers log in to REMIND 101 via the web to post a reminder.  Each message is limited to 140 characters.




Student and parent phone numbers are not displayed to the teacher since all subscribers are identified by name only.  Teachers may create up to 10 classes.

REMIND 101 has the ability to schedule messages to be sent at a specific day and time.  

This is a free notification service.

Your challenge:
Share your thoughts on how REMIND 101 could be utilized in your classroom.  How do you currently publicize announcements or assignments?  Have those avenues been successful?

27 comments:

  1. For my own children, I LOVE the idea of Remind 101. It is better than a Connect Ed phone call because those are done on a school/district level, and this could be personalized for a teacher's own needs. On the other hand, many of our parents either do not have a cell phone, or their phone numbers are not entirely reliable, so I am not sure how useful this service would be.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this one! I knew there were services like this out there, but hadn't had the time to search for them. I think this would be extremely useful, since high school students are always on their phones. I think it is great that parents would be able to be notified, too. Frequently parents ask if mybigcampus/Angel is available to them. I know MBC is piloting a parent resource at the moment, but usually just the student has access unless they share their user name and password with their parent. I currenly use the calendar in mybigcampus to communicate assignments and upcoming due dates. I use the announcements feature to let students know something easily. However, unless a student signs in to check MBC, these resources go unused. Once again, it feels like the teacher has to jump through many hoops in order to make sure students are doing their part. I would like to see an app that STUDENTS sign up for that would text/email them anytime a teacher updated the class site (or something similar). I do like this service and I will probably try to use it starting next semester, but when are we going to start transferring responsibility to the student?!

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  3. This seems to be a great service. I know I am going to sound like I am in the stoneage here, but I don't do texting so I am not sure it is for me. I am happy however to see that there is a place online that I can leave messages that way. As well as set them up for the future. It would be interesting to see how many parents would actually sign up and what they would want to be notified of. Many Parents might actually want to homework assignment sent each day so they can check to see if their child is doing the right assignment. Could be interesting, but might also eat up 30 of their text a month. It would be nice however when I send out progress reports and have upcoming tests to warn parents. Definitely something I consider using this year. I do agree with Kati though that many of the families now a days can't have the features needed to make this tool invaluable.

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    1. No worries...I'm "in the stone age" with you. I don't have texting on my phone :)

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  4. I think Beth and I are in the same boat. I currently use MyBigCampus to post reminders or announcements, but I've had very limited success. A lot of students simply don't log on, no matter how many times I tell them that I'm posting important announcements on it.

    This program looks really awesome. One of the benefits of Remind101 is that the student wouldn't have to log into a service to check the messages, it just goes straight to them. I think that could make a big difference.

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  5. I can see some definite benefits to using Remind101. Like Rachel, we post announcements and calendar items on an Internet based site (we use our weebly website), but the extra step of "going there" lets some last minute information slip through. Sending a short reminder directly to the student - without interaction - would be helpful. We'll certainly consider adding Remind101 to our communication arsenal.

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  6. I know teachers who use this tool and have found some success in it. A question came up before with it on notifications to students cell numbers- is that okay? I have ran into the problem of calling a student's cell number before because they gave it to me on a form rather than a parent number and was told it "didn't count as a contact". I also wonder about the cost with this program. Is it truly free? While most kids and young parents are unlimited texts what about the handful of people who still have a text limit or pay per text. It's something to think about. And, I agree with Beth and others, it's one more thing for ME to do when I already post on MBC, classroom board, and daily reminders in lessons...

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  7. I like the idea of using this for Big announcements and news about class, I do not believe I would use it on a daily basis as it could become one more thing for my student to delete without reading. I feel that this would be better suited for high school students as they seem to have more and better phones than my middle school students.

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  8. I use Remind101 and have had positive feedback from students and parents. I teach middle school and most of my kids have a phone or ipod that has a texting service. This just serves as extra reminders for them in addition to what I post on MBC. What I like about Remind101 is that parents can sign up for it (I had them do that on parent night) and they get news their child doesn't often share. I do not send out noticed often -- only if we have something major coming up in class. I usually schedule it to send out in the evening. I want them to get the reminder when they are more likely at home.

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  9. I use Remind101 for parents, for Link Crew, and for National Honor Society. Parents sign up at open house and I am able to send out information like 'there's an assessment in chemistry on friday!' For Link Crew it is especially wonderful because there are over 100 students in Link and it is hard to find ways to communicate with them otherwise. I have heard of a service that allows students to reply to the text without seeing your cell #, anyone know where I can find that? I think replies would be helpful at times..

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  10. I think this could be really helpful. I know my students are much more likely to see the reminder or announcement if it is texted rather than posted on MBC. I can also see using this to send information to my cheerleaders. I look forward to trying it!

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  11. I agree with sevral of the posts that say this is just one more thing that is being placed on the teacher's shoulders and when are we going to make the parents and students more accountable. I am not a very fast texter nor do I text a ton. I think if I need to talk to someone why not just pick up the phone and call them. I am glad someone pointed out about texting plans because this is something I had not thought of. However, I will try this starting next week and put something in our weekly newsletter to the parents about it and see how many join. I have several parents that even though we have the students highlight their homework in their agenda books that they either don't or the parents don't look at it and amybe this would be a good way to keep them informed about a homework assignment or upcoming test. I have a feeling though it would still be the same parents that are already involved that would participate and the ones that we need to sign up will still be the ones not signing up. I do like that it is much like our Connect Ed and I love getting reminders about events from the Connect Ed. Does it have an automatic email that it sends when it sends the message like Connect Ed does? This would be another helpful feature.

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  12. I currently use the classroom set-up we have on Angel and it is very ineffective. Parents and students who need to use it do not. I am not sure this would get more parents involved. We use Connect Ed and still have parents who give us bogus phone numbers so they don't even get those messages. Might be worth a try in the future.

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  13. I too agree that this could be great for important reminders/projects due or upcoming tests - one problem that I could see having is that I do not have any year long classes, therefore it means trying to get a different set of middle schoolers to bring me parent numbers four times a year. They do not always want you to have their numbers :-) and RDS does not always have the most recent cell number. I do like the idea though - I think even the school corp could use that. I would like a 5:30 text from Marsha saying that we have a two hour delay as opposed to the phone waking everyone up :-) I would also like this for my own kids' elem. schools, to keep up to date on what is happening.

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  14. I feel that communication with parents is so helpful! However, I sometimes feel like I overload parents with my weekly newsletter emailed to them and daily assignment book. The thing I do like is that this is limited to just 140 characters, so a quick, brief reminder. I've received emails from teachers at the beginning of the week and have forgotten things by Wednesday! A quick highlight or blurb would be nice. I also like that parents have the option to sign up. Like Melissa said, it may be mostly the ones that are already pretty involved, but you never know, sometimes the amount of people that enjoy and use texting surprises me! Many of my parents also use email at work, so they don't get any last email messages at night or one their days off. This could help that!

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  15. I use my blog to communicate most things about my class. However, we also have Remind 101 setup with my classes. I use it to update them of changes made at the last minute or to remind them of something that I'm afraid they might forget. My blog is usually a great place for communication--but since teenagers are attached to their phones--this service has also helped tremendously.

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  16. I currently post assignments on MBC, but it doesn't do a lot of good. It is basically for kids who are absent to be able to get their make-up work. I noticed that MBC is working on a reminder for students who have not turned in assignments so that you can remind them to turn them in, but this would help to eliminate that. The really good thing about this is that all students would have it automatically, they wouldn't have to search for it.

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  17. I think the idea of giving my students my cell phone number is very scary. I think this is cool, this is how they communicate. It may be good to try.

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    1. You do not use your personal cell phone number.
      Remind 101 assigns you a unique "phone number" that is used within their system. You originate your texts in the Remind101 interface at your computer.

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  18. I have been using this for the school year with choir and computer club reminders. I really like that you can schedule and have messages sent out. Only problem I've found is that you can't change a scheduled message. If you can, let me know! I had to cancel a meeting one day, and the reminder I had already sent out couldn't be cancelled, so they conflicted each other, and then I had to send out another message to counter the reminder! Otherwise, it has been a great program!

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  19. I love this idea and can't wait to try it! I also love the fact that it's limited to 140 characters, so that makes ME get to the point and quit rambling!
    Like Kara, I use my blog for any big changes in our schedule, etc. I also have a Google calendar embedded into my site, but I'm not sure how often the parents check it. It includes tests, special events, related arts rotation, etc.,
    Whether you like it or not, texting is how our kiddos communicate, and it's not going away. Don't try to beat them - join them! It might even be a little fun.
    I'm going to give this a try! So cool!

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  20. I love this program. I am already using it to remind parents of special events in my classroom. Great program.

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  21. We could use this class-wide, school-wide! Nice!

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  22. More specifically - I could remind students of missing work. I hate giving out the work over and over again...if it's on their phone, they have it.

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  23. I signed up for this and some of my students have already signed up as well. I like to use it to remind them of anything and everything--homework, parent notes, missing assignments... I think I'll even sign up the dance team members so they can receive notification of games and uniform choices!!

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  24. This would be fabulous to keep students and parents connected to the events occurring in class. We use Blackboard connect to call out and send out text messages, but that is a school wide event. This would allow a teacher to remind his/her students of events specific to their class. We all need reminders and I can't think of a better tool for students and parents!

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  25. I have been using this tool and my parents love it!!

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