How I Use It
Remind 101 allows teacher to send one-way messages through text or e-mail to students and/or parents. The recipients cannot directly respond back, but it uses a dummy phone number for the texts to keep the teacher's number private. You simply set up your classes which gives a code and number for students to text which enrolls them in the class. From there you can send messages to all your students, individual classes, or even individual students. I use it as a tool to send messages to students during the evening to remind them about upcoming activities like if we had homework the night before, a test or project coming up, or even just to remember to bring their library books the following day. I also used it to message my students if I knew I was going to be out the next day to let them know ahead of time what they'd be doing in class day that with the sub. Students liked getting the messages from me since they come as text messages and that's all a lot of my students want to do.
I've only used Remind 101 for one year and had some difficulty with getting all of my students to enroll in the program. Next year I might make it more mandatory just so everyone benefits from it which would give me more incentive to use it more often. It's great that it allows me to text all of my students while keeping my phone number private, but students did complain that they wished there was someway they could respond back to me if they had questions since it is only one way communications from me to them.