- asking questions
- social media
ProsMeeting students and families where they (often) already are -- on their phones and online -- can help make education a priority.
ConsWithout mindful use it could be more enabling than empowering; students in varying parts of the digital divide may have different access.
Bottom LineWell-designed, widespread messaging tool can keep students and families connected with their schools -- provided they have access.
Clear and easy to navigate, the teacher dashboard has a simple design and graphics that highlight the steps to set up classes and invite students and families. The web and phone apps allow you to attach documents from your own device.
Common Sense Reviewer
Students will be grateful for the extra support and the chance to use their phones constructively. Parents will appreciate being kept in the loop.
Communication is key to students' success. This supplemental tool can help students follow through with assignments, giving them a leg up. Families will appreciate the direct connection with the classroom.
Students can benefit from assignment reminders and class alerts -- but only if they have access. Should teachers need help, the site offers a thorough FAQ “Knowledge Base” with additional email assistance.
Remind works well as an efficient means to reinforce communication systems you already have in place. In addition to a class blog, teacher website, or hard-copy assignment sheet, you can send (or schedule) a text message (including images and audio) to remind students about important due dates, upcoming tests and quizzes, schedule changes, field trips, or other pertinent information. In fact, Remind suggests back-to-school nights or conferences as a great time to introduce the service and share sign-up instructions with families.
Remind can also be used to extend encouraging messages, perhaps before exams or tests or even before a day with a substitute teacher. Teachers can get around the 140-character limit by sending an attached document with longer messages, send field trip forms that have mysteriously vanished in backpacks, and use many other functionalities, making Remind a one-stop parent-teacher communication tool.
Editor's note: In the past, Common Sense Education has partnered with Remind. However, our reviews maintain editorial integrity and independence.Read More Read Less
Remind is a safe, classroom-friendly communication tool (on the website or Chrome app) to help teachers send messages, en masse or targeted, to students and parents. Using the tool, teachers can send messages to students and families without disclosing personal contact information and without students and families having to share theirs. Messages can also be translated into 70 languages. While Remind used to be a one-way messaging app, new features allow parents and students to communicate with the teacher as well, but teachers can independently decide to disable this feature. Teachers can also choose to communicate with individuals or small groups and even collect funds for fundraisers, supplies, or events (with a small fee per transaction).
Teacher accounts can juggle multiple classes. Sign-up is easy. Simply share a class code with students (or parents) in each class. Students use the code to enroll, and after a confirmation they'll begin receiving all messages. Students and families can choose to receive class messages as either a text or through an email account. Teacher accounts can include up to 10 classes with an unlimited number of subscribers per class. While Remind is great for sending reminders about homework and assignments, teachers can also use it to send photos, videos, and documents.Read More Read Less
Teachers and parents know that organization and time management are important predictors of students' success in school. Furthermore, consistent communication between school and home helps students develop these two crucial traits. Remind's simple tool seems to be predicated on these ideas.
By posting assignments, reminders, and updates to the devices students use every day, teachers can empower them to be more proactive about their learning. And inviting families to subscribe can help keep everyone up to date about what's happening in class. When asked about incomplete or missing assignments, "I didn't know" could become an excuse of the past. That said, while Remind automatically includes every subscriber, teachers have no guarantee that any message will stand out amid the excess of students' other texts. There's also no guarantee that all students will want -- or be able -- to subscribe at all. That makes Remind most efficient as a parent-teacher communication tool. Although it definitely provides value to students, the main draw will be a simple, private way to communicate with families.Read More Read Less
See how teachers are using Remind
- Great way to communicate with students and parents!Katrina W.
Carole Highlands Elementary School
Takoma Park, MD5October 12, 2016
- Phenomenal tool to communicate with parents and students alike; can also be used to check for understanding.Julia W.
Austin Elementary School
Austin, IN3June 21, 2016
- Remind is a great way to communicate with students and parents.Barbara L.
Portage High School
Portage, IN5June 21, 2016
- Easy way to communicate outside classroom with students and parentsJian L.
Clara Barton High School
Brooklyn, NY4March 30, 2016
- Great Tool To Text Reminders and Study Links to StudentsJodi T.
Beveridge Magnet Middle School
Omaha, NE4February 25, 2016
- Easy tool to supplement communication in your classroomRebecca C.
Wakonda Elementary School
Omaha, NE3February 22, 2016
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