Review by Marianne Rogowski, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2018

Remind

Teachers' text reminders keep students -- and parents -- up to speed

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Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Character & SEL
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
Pre-K–12
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Pros: With over 70 languages and options to share files and links, it's easy to keep students and parents informed and involved.

Cons: Without mindful use, it could be more enabling than empowering; families in varying parts of the digital divide may have unequal access.

Bottom Line: Well-designed, highly effective messaging tool has the potential to keep students and families connected with their schools.

Use Remind to efficiently reinforce communication systems you already have in place. In addition to a class blog, learning management system, or student agendas, you can send or schedule a text message (including attachments) to remind students and families about important due dates, upcoming tests and quizzes, schedule changes, field trips, or other pertinent information. You can also use it to extend encouraging messages before or after exams or tests, or even before a day with a substitute teacher. 

For extended vacations or year-round schools, stay connected here and there while kids are on break; suggest books to read, send out interesting facts, or ask kids to respond to optional polls to reinforce tidbits of learning while they're away. Forgot to mention something in class, need parent volunteers, or want to give kids a quick review before tomorrow's test? Remind integrates with applications such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, SignUpGenius, Quizlet, and many others, making it a one-stop school-to-home communication tool. For even more ideas, check out Remind's Twitter feed or the site's blog to get updates about new features and useful examples related to time management, communication, and positive messaging.

Editor's note: In the past, Common Sense Education has partnered with Remind. However, our reviews maintain editorial integrity and independence.

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Remind is a safe, classroom-friendly communication website and app where teachers can send messages, en masse or targeted, to individuals or groups without disclosure of anyone's personal contact information. Messages can also be translated into over 70 languages. While Remind used to be a one-way messaging app, new features allow parents and students to respond as well, but users can independently decide to disable this feature. Teachers can share text, audio, or video messages as well as links, files, and images. Users can even collect funds for fundraisers, supplies, or events (with a small fee per transaction).

Sign-up is easy: Simply add members by sharing a link, having them text a class code to a five-digit number, or sending them a PDF with written instructions. If you're using the tool for kids under 13, parents must provide email verification. After a confirmation text, they'll begin receiving all messages through either SMS or email. Teachers can manage up to 10 classes with an unlimited number of subscribers per class. While Remind is great for sending reminders about homework and assignments, other options for productivity allow teachers to set office hours, create collaborative groups, add co-teachers, get read-receipts, and schedule messages.  

Organization and time management are important predictors of students' success in school, and consistent communication between school and home helps students develop these two crucial traits. By sending assignments, reminders, and updates through Remind to the devices students use every day, teachers can empower them to be more proactive about their learning. Encouraging students to respond can help them self-advocate, and teachers can foster social and emotional learning through relationship building and words of encouragement. Inviting families to subscribe can keep them informed about what's happening in class and give them a way to support students who need it. 

Remind shouldn't be overused. Today's parents and students are often inundated with information -- much of it repetitive -- about deadlines, upcoming events, and assignments. Teachers will want to limit what they send to more important, more pressing information. Plus, you don't want students so dependent on constant messages that they fail to develop the skills necessary to keep track of their own responsibilities. Keep in mind that some students will not have access to a device and will be left out of the conversation, so teachers should make sure that any information that's shared can be accessed elsewhere.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Students will be grateful for the extra support and timely reminders in their obligation-dense educational lives, while parents will appreciate being kept informed in their preferred language.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

This supplemental tool can help students keep track of assignments and develop effective communication skills. Teachers should strike a balance between providing reminders and encouraging responsibility.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

If they have access, students who struggle with follow-through can benefit from class reminders, encouragement, and parental support. Setup and sign-in are quick and easy, and Remind integrates with multiple third-party applications.


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Marianne Rogowski Media specialist/librarian

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Featured review by
Kristen Z. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Marshall Elementary School
Wexford, United States
Great website/app for keeping parents in the loop with upcoming events, tests/quizzes, and any other reminders!
I love this product, and I love that they even made changes to update it through the year that I have been using it. That tells me that the creators are listening and making changes to best meet the needs of educators. I would love to maybe have my students who do have smart devices to sign up next year so that they can get the reminders as well. The parents loved it too! Even though I constantly send out emails to communicate with my the parents in my classroom, the parents commented that they liked ...
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