Connect with Your Class via Remind
It’s never about “the app” but rather what is done with the application that makes it so special. Seeing how Remind has transformed the way I connect with my class over the past three years makes it easy for me to confidently tell you that this is one of my absolute favorite apps… ever!
#1 Education App in the App Store
Remind is a free, safe way to communicate with your students or your student’s parents via text messaging and email. They never see your number, and you never see those who subscribe. Simply set up an account and get started. Remind even makes it simple for you to print off a PDF to send home with kids so that parents know exactly how to subscribe to your messages. You can even schedule messages ahead of time. Each Friday, before I leave the classroom, I sit down to review my calendar for the week. I schedule out all reminders that need to go out. That way, I don’t have to worry about it during the week, and I can focus on my students. I love how simple it is to use.
I recently had a chat with the founder, Brett, about some exciting new features. You can also check out their wonderful space in San Francisco. It’s quite the set up! You’ll even see a surprise visit from a fellow Michigan friend.
Introducing Stamps and Voice Clips
– the following is adapted from the Remind blog –
We are excited to announce Stamps, a new way for students and parents to provide instant feedback on your Remind messages! With Stamps, you can easily ask questions and get quick answers from your class in real-time. For example, you can find out who is going on a field trip, who is confused about a new topic you introduced, or even, who likes the messages youâ€™re sending.
Itâ€™s simple. You send a message to your class, just as youâ€™ve always done with Remind. Students and parents receive the message on the Remind app and can choose one of four stamps to give feedback â˜… âœ“ âœ˜ ?. Youâ€™ll get timely updates when class members stamp your messages, so you can check the stamps later or watch as they arrive in real-time while in class.
You can also leave 15 second voice clips as messages to be sent. This is a new feature that allows the teacher’s voice, or student’s voice, to be heard. I appreciate this addition the team has added. For those using Voxer, you already know the power in hearing the sender’s voice via message. What a great way to offer feedback or clarify announcements!
You can watch the ten minute video of Brett and me discussing the new features – click here!
Lastly, I’d like to encourage you to watch one of my favorite videos the Remind team has published. This is the story of how the company began… thanks to their amazing founder, Brett.
Sign Up for Remind Today!
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