Are you using Remind? If you've never heard of it, Remind is an incredibly user-friendly way to connect with students and parents via mobile device. Your students will never have your phone number and you will never know theirs. It's secure and it's also completely free for teachers. This is my first year using Remind and I have to say, if you haven't tried it yet, you absolutely should. Here are five reasons why I think you should try it.
A teacher's brain is like a browser with at least one thousand tabs open. There are going to be days you forget to tell your students to do something- read page four, bring headphones, go to the media center for class instead of your usual location. Remind is an easy way to send out a message to your class when you need to.
Parents can sign up for Remind and know exactly what is going on in your classroom. The chat feature allows for easy back-and-forth communication for clarification on assignments, grades, etc. (You can even attach pictures and short voice clips for further clarity!) You can also translate for parents whose native language is not the same as your own. This has come in handy more than once in my classroom this year.
Remind allows you to easily connect with your teachers in your building through Remind School Pages. Teaching is best when it's collaborative. Having another way to reach out to your colleagues is always a good thing.
Remind has a feature that allows you to add multi-owner classes. This is a great feature that will give you and your co-teacher more tools to stay on the same page. Co-teaching can be tough as there are never enough hours in the day to communicate absolutely everything, so having one more tool in your tool belt that can benefit both students and teachers is incredibly helpful.
I absolutely love Remind's connection with the education community and how they understand what is important to educators. Their products reflect collaboration with everyone from teachers to administrators, media specialists, support staff, etc. Their campaign to #teachsmall really shows that they understand what is important - the small things. Read their heartwarming campaign and share your stories with them. Reading them has given me a nice little boost.
Hopefully I've given you a few reasons to try out Remind. Why do you love Remind? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!
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