How I Use It
Remind is a great way to send a text reminder to students and parents about upcoming test or deadlines. It works anonymously in the sense that you are not using your own cell number to push out the notifications. You can customize it to receive messages back (which I have been told is helpful for coaches who need to exchange texts with students) or you can turn of the exchange function. You can also schedule a text to go out on a certain date and time from either the web or the phone app. I print up the instructions on how to sign up for this service and hand that out at open house and conferences. Students and parents have remarked how helpful it is to be reminded of an upcoming test and many said they wished "other teachers: would use it".
Because you can send links with your text messages, this tool is more than just a way to remind a student or a parent about an upcoming deadline. You can send links to your files or to enhanced material for further discussion in the classroom. This product is very versatile!