How I Use It
I use it to mass send via text messaging or email, reminders of upcoming quizzes or exams, reminders of when work on projects are due, and updates for what to expect in class the following day. I also use the product for my media journalism group, to remind them of video announcing product dates or to notify them of cancellation of video production. I have also used this to keep parents informed of how their child is progressing in the class, if they request it.
This tool, Remind101, is such a time-saver for me as a teacher, and technically a life-saver for the students. It does not actually provide actually learning to the students, but is a means of keeping them informed of up-coming assessments, when projects or homework is due, and other notification needs. It is very easy to use and cannot be abused by the students. I have not found any real drawbacks yet using it other than those students in the class who do not have access to technology at home or have a cell phone.