As teachers we are constantly needing to communicate with students, other teachers, parents, and other stake holders in the educational process.
Great care must be taken to secure the student’s contact information and protect yourself from potentially career threatening liabilities. Remind101 (now Remind.com) makes the process easy and secure.
Remind is a web site using the twitter engine to send text messages to groups of students, parents, or anyone you choose. The text messages are sent from a third party phone number and can not be replied to in any way. While it may seem a bit frustrating at first, you can see how this is necessary to protect both student and teacher from any possible hint of impropriety. The message is sent from the web site by the teacher to groups of students. Each students receives the same message. It is impossible to sent a private message to a single student.
Remind is a free service with basically unlimited group creation and student messaging. It is also possible to embed HTML widgets into class web pages and blog sites to show the last message sent. Students, parents, or other recipients must register at the remind.com web site or they may send a text to a number that the web site provides in order to sign up for a specific class. Students who have multiple teachers using the service will get all their messages from the same number.
If you are sending SMS private messages to your student’s personal phones or devices you are placing your career and reputation at great risk. Most schools have strict rules against this practice for good reason. To avoid the liability and still provide the information your students need, check out Remind.com. You might find it worth your while.