Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Remind 101

Hey everyone!! I can't wait to tell you what I am using this year (and let me start out by saying this is not an infomercial!! I swear I'm writing this on my own free will to help you!)

As we all know our world is changing and calling every parent each night to tell them about something special occuring just isn't happening... that's where this dandy little app and website (I just found this part out) come in handy!!

It's called Remind101

Long story short you invite parents to join by text or email (I just found this out too!! It keeps getting better!) and what the app allows you to do is shoot a quick text/email through their server to your subscribers!! This way you don't have to give out your cell number or anything!! It works just like any major companies text services... You know those text 493493 to 32098432 to receive updates about blahblahblah?? Well this is it!
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A system to text parents with info.   I might like this.
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What the parents will see...

Oh and did I mention you can have more than one class??? That way you can text different messages to different groups!
After checking it out online I found that parents can do it by email too! So I have the app on my phone... if I want to say "Hello Parents, just found amazing deals at Target! .50 for 24 ct Crayola crayons" I can shoot that to anyone that subsribes to me in one message :)
And JUUUUUUUUUUUUST found out that you can schedule messages for later!! Have folders due each Friday? Why not shoot a text reminding parents Thursday night to sign and return them in the morning?? (did you see I already have 6 subscribers and the year hasn't even started yet!! I think the parents are excited too!)

AMMMMMMMMMMMAZING right?
Woah woah hold the horses!
Did I forget to mention:
IT'S FREE!

 
Using Remind101 paired with my personal behavior system has kept my students' parents in the know of what is occuring daily in our classroom!
 


 


 
 
 
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46 comments :

S. Simpson said...

WOW, I LOVE IT!!!!!! What a great way to stay in touch with your parents. I am sooooooooo pinning this post so that I can remember to use it next year. Thanks for sharing, this was one of the best informercials that I've seen. . .even better than the expandable hose that I almost ordered from TV last night : )
✰ Stacy

Simpson Superstars

Miss Trayers said...

Wow-amazing the technology available today! I am looking for way to beef up my parent communications so I appreciate you posting this idea! :)

Lisa R. said...

I would definitely join!! You should definitely become a spokesperson for promoting products- you had me hooked!! :) This is why I love your blog...you always have great tips to share! I am definitely using this next year! :)
Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Brett Kopf said...

A spokesperson indeed! Haha, thanks so much for sharing remind101. We are also adding a 'repeat' feature so you can say, "Send this message every Tuesday and Thursday at 8am", then schedule it and it will send out automatically every Tuesday and Thursday!

-Brett, cofounder remind101

aware said...

This is awesome! I've already signed up :) Thank you for sharing.

Liz said...

Great idea to keep parents informed!
Liz
Come check out my new blog Teaching in Valley

Elizabeth said...

I heard about remind101 at the end of last year and was sad that I didn't get to use it it them. I am excited about using it this year. I already have it on my iPhone. Glad to see that someone else is using it. :)

Elizabeth
The First Grade Jungle Room

Brett Kopf said...

We'll be coming out with an updated version of the iphone app soon and an Android app is in development.

-Brett

Primary Possibilities said...

That is really cool! I will have to set this up for next year!!!

Stephany
primarypossibilities.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

I've seen this around, but didn't know too much about it. Thanks for your post with all the info. :)

Amanda
The Teaching Thief

Laura Starnes said...

Definitely doing this in August! Thanks for sharing the info and yes, I would sign up for one from your blog! =)

Laura
Kinder Kraziness

Where Seconds Count said...

Once the android app is out I would love to try it!
Amy
Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

Where Seconds Count said...

I forgot to add that I hope Brett Kopf reads this and gives me a heads up, I know I will forget to check back.:)
Amy
Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

Jackie said...

I'm planning on using remind 101 this year too! Using it for your blog is a great idea!!

Jackie

Third Grade's A Charm

Rie said...

Thanks for the information. I just downloaded the app and can't wait to use it.

Rie
Hip, Hop Hurray! Tales of the Reading Rascals

Suzanne said...

I am so excited to start using this! Thanks for the info - going to download it now!
Krazy Town

Courtney said...

I LOVE THIS!! Can't wait to put it to use! thanks:)

Courtney said...

I LOVE THIS!! Can't wait to put it to use! thanks:)

April Kreitzer Wolfe said...

Love, love, love this!! I love it so much that I already signed up. Thanks for the info.

April
Wolfelicious

Melody said...

Oh my word! This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this!! It is truly amazing the technology that is out there!

Thanks aain for sharing!

Cindy Foreman said...

This is great! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to use it!

Cindy Foreman said...

Ok I just set up my account and i am SO excited mi am going to put it in my welcome letter and in my ABC's of Kindergarten handbook. I love it, but I cant figure out how to get to the website that lets the parents sign up by email. Also do you know if they are going to create an iPad app as well? I am going to pin this too and tell my daughter about it too, she is a teacher as well and she loves techie stuff
Idle this.

Stephanie McMahon said...

This is great. Thank you so much for sharing. I am going to get signed up now!

Teacher-ific said...

WooHoo just signed up! Can't wait to start using it :)

Mrs. Shelton said...

Woo! Hoo! I love this!!! Thanks so much. I am all over it!

Sarah
Kindergarten Korner

robyn said...

This is so awesome! Thank you for sharing!!!
I just signed up, and can't wait to use it.
You are the best!
Robyn

Barbara said...

I like your Teacher Link-Up page.
Thanks!
❀Barbara❀
Grade ONEderful
Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

Corinna said...

Just signed up, this is such a great resource, thank you so much for sharing:))

Aloha,
Corinna
Surfin' Through Second

Christine said...

Hi Everyone! Christine from remind101...thanks A MILLIONS TIMES for all of this awesome enthusiasm!!! So excited for everyone to try out the service. If anybody has questions, feedback, or suggestions/wishes please reach out to: contact@remind101.com

Couple notes...

Amy - Email contact@remind101.com and I'll add your name and email to our "Android app available alert" list :)

Cindy Foreman - If you log into your account on www.remind101.com, click on a class, and click on "Invite" - on the left you'll see printable PDF instructions on how parents (or students) can subscribe to messages via email! As far as the ipad app - for now you can login by going to www.remind101.com in your safari browser, or use the iphone app!

Thanks again everyone!!

Linda said...

How neat! I love that idea, hadn't heard of it but would be great!

Linda
Down The Learning Road

Linda said...

How neat! I love that idea, hadn't heard of it but would be great!

Linda
Down The Learning Road

Shar W said...

This sounds like a great thing to use with families! More and more families rely on their cell phones today than ever.
I would sign up to receive these messages if you set it up through your blog- I have finally figured out text messaging without asking my adult children- I'm cool like that- ok, my kids told me I have come into the current century :)
Shar W.

Katie said...

This is so awesome! I signed up and have already sent myself two practice texts... lol. I mentioned it on my blog and linked back to you. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Lacey said...

This is awesome!! Can't wait for the android app. I would probably join if you made one for your blog!!!

Lacey
Challenges Make Life Interesting

Heather said...

That's such a great resource. I also recently read about using QR codes for parents for directions and due dates... I wonder if this can be configured to send certain info only when they ask for it so they can ask for directions for homework and whatnot..

Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

I love this!!! Do you happen to have a letter explaining this to parents? Thanks os much for sharing!

Andrea timmons said...

Awesome! I just created my account but am a little confused on the settings. How can i delete a person who subscribes or how can they delete themselves? Does anyone know this?

Jessica Ann Stanford said...

Andrea all they have to do is text STOP in response and it will delete them from the list.

Jessica Ann Stanford said...

Andrea all they have to do is text STOP in response and it will delete them from the list.

Andrea timmons said...

Thabk you!

Anonymous said...

Saw this on Pinterest and had to sign up! What a great communication tool to use with parents! Just wanted to check if there are any fees associated with this (other than if someone gets charged for text usage on their phone)? I saw remind101 folks on here, so hoping they can answer that! Thanks!

Ashley McFarland said...

WOW!!! I am SOOO ExCiTeD for this! thank you for posting!

Kristin Gre said...

Love you blog. I love new innovations too! I am your newest follower. I am a new blogger and TPT seller..

check out my blog at

Taking a Walk on the Teaching Side

and my TPT store at
My TPT Store

thanks!

Fabulous First Grade said...

I am new to blogging. I haven't done much this year. Our district has had SOOO many new things to implement this year. I need a blogger "how to" class!! lol I love the remind101. I will plan to use this next year with my parents. I might start playing this year though!!

Thanks!!

Angelica said...

Do you know whether the parents can message back or is it a one-way mode of communication?

eyelet4u2 said...

Thank you so much this will be so helpful to me this year!!