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That being said, sometimes keeping parents in the loop with all that is going on at school is sometimes time-consuming. I don't always have time to type up a note, reminder, letter, or whatever, make copies, cut them in half, and manage to remember to actually give them to students to take home. And, let's not even talk about whether or not the note makes it out of the black hole called backpacks.
Anyway, at the beginning of this year, I started using Remind 101 - seriously, AMAZING! I set up my account before the school year even began, and when my parents came for Sneak-a-Peek, they were able to subscribe.
So, how does it work? Teachers create their account, are given class codes, a random phone number, and then set up as many or as few "classes" as necessary. There is a class-specific code that parents use to subscribe to messages specific to the needs of that class. For example, I only teach one group of students, so I only created one class for parents to subscribe. If I was a middle school math teacher, however, I might have 7 different math periods, and therefore, 7 different class codes.
Messaging is one-way only, and with randomly generated phone numbers, my personal number is kept snug as a bug!
As you can see, I simply named this year's group "2nd Grade 13-14." Parents LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! I have gotten nothing but rave reviews because, well, text messaging is easy.
Another great feature? Remind 101, has all of my texts I've sent throughout the year, which is great should I ever need to prove that I've done something (or not)! Hopefully, you don't ever have that problem!
Choose to send to your entire class, a subset of a class, or multiple classes you teach. I can send from my computer or via the app I have downloaded on my phone. Pure awesomeness!
Do you use Remind 101? I'd love to know how it's working for you and your class!