We don't have to be out in the classroom long before we begin hearing comments like:
"I forgot that at work."
"I was so busy last night by the time I got home I forgot."
"I can't remember that!"
"That was due?!"
"Oh right, we're doing that today.... I don't have it."
I get it, our students are very busy and most of them have after school sports, work one (or more jobs), care for younger siblings while their parents work evening shifts, etc. The Remind101 app, however, allows teachers to assist their students in remembering important classroom information without consistently nagging them or threatening consequences.
Remind101 is an automated communication service that allows for teachers to text reminder messages to their students in the evening after school or in the morning before school. This site is SO EASY to use and in literally 5 minutes (probably less) I had set up an account for my class. Here is what I like best about Remind101.
1 ) Its FREE
- I don't have the money to pay for lots of resources while I am student teaching
2 ) I NEVER see my students personal cell phone numbers
- They sign up by texting a pre-assigned code and all I see is the name they
sign up with
3 ) I don't have to use MY personal cell phone number!
4 ) Sign up is SUPER EASY for myself and for students
- They provide a specific screen to show to your students when they are
- I also included the signup screen image in our course outline itself
5 ) You don't need a SMART PHONE to utilize the service
- There are a lot of different apps out there that allow teachers to
communicate with their students, share homework, and answer
questions but what do you do for your students who don't have a smart
- I love that this app is more accessible for students
Once students are signed up, I can see my list online of who is all using the service (remember, I don't see they cell phone numbers, just their names). I can then send out messages to be texted out (ex. Chapter 3 questions, #1-5, are due at the beginning of class tomorrow). I can even schedule messages beforehand so if I think of something while I am lesson planning, I can schedule an appropriate text to send out at the right time!
I am pretty excited about this because I feel that cell phones are the easiest way to reach students at the high school level! During my last student teaching placement I used Remind101 with both my Grade 11 Canadian History class and my Grade 11/12 Global Issues class and heard positive comments from both classes :)