What once was an excuse of “the dog ate my homework” now has become “I didn’t get your e-mail!” and the fact of the matter is – that may very well be true. E-mail is a tricky game to navigate because filters stop them, one wrong character sends them into the never-world, and many simply get buried in a barrage of other e-mails.
Text messages, on the other hand, have a 99% open rate. That’s right – pretty much everybody sees your text message, and almost exactly as soon as you send it.
That’s why it was so great to discover Remind 101. Remind 101 is a text messaging platform designed specifically for teachers to contact students or parents WITHOUT having to store all of their phone numbers OR having to give up their own. Let’s face it, none of us want our students prank calling or texting us on a Friday night.
The possibilities are great, and the opportunity to send a quick message without the students being able to text you back may leave some of you with a brief feeling of glee.
And the best part? It’s incredibly easy:
If any of you have students who are regularly checking their phones during class, you may be able to come up with a couple of clever ways to use the service during class time.
You may even want to send one someday that simply says “Stop looking at your phone and pay attention!” ;)
All jokes aside, the testimonials and submissions on Remind 101’s website make me wonder why I hadn’t heard of this service before. It looks like a lot of people are putting it to great use, and hopefully you can be among them.