How I Use It
I use Remind for my instrumental music classes, primarily band. I can very easily send out a text alert reminding students and/or parents that fundraisers are due, report times have changed, or rehearsal information. This has been extremely helpful keeping things organized and in completing certain tasks on time. I have classes set up for band, band parents, band trip, and elementary band. I typically use this tool on a computer but there is an app available for both Apple and Android users.
I find Remind to be a great tool for many reasons. Remind is completely free to use and is made specifically for teachers. Since it is made for teachers, your phone number is never compromised. An anonymous number is assigned for students and/or parents to use to subscribe to your class. Student and parent phone numbers are also kept confidential. All the teacher sees is a name. Another great aspect of this tool is the ability to schedule an alert to be sent at a later time. Reminders can be set up for later the same day or months in advance. There are also app versions available for Apple and Android users. I have had issues in the past using the app on my phone, but whatever bugs were causing the problem have recently been fixed. As someone who prefers attempting to use correct grammar, I find the 140 character maximum limiting. I have had to edit my messages numerous times to fit all of the information I need to send out. I have thought about using Remind for actual classes and not just for fundraising reminders but have decided against it because I believe it can enable students to become unorganized. I don't want my students to rely on a text alert system to know what they need to do for class or when they need to study for a test. I do like the ability of keeping parents and guardians in the loop about what is going on in the classroom and what they should expect from their children. All in all, Remind is a great tool and it does exactly what it was designed for!