Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bring Contacting Parents to the 21st Century!

If you've been following my blog for some time you already know that I LOVE Remind101. If you have no idea what I'm talking about read on! 
 
Back in July I was in the mode every teacher is in. (whether we want to be or not) I was lounging outside in my hammock with an ice cold lemonade in my hand while I searched through apps on my iPhone and iPad for the upcoming school year. It's always nicer to plan for the year when it isn't so close to occurring. Right!? Well anyway, I came across some apps that I found quite useful, but nothing to shout from the rooftops about (or put down my lemonade for that matter) then I found Remind101. 
 Immediately ideas came rushing to my head!! How amazing would it be if I could get my students' parents to sign up for a text alert system that was run by little ol' me!?! If you're a teacher like me there are 1,001 things going on at once in your classroom and sometimes notes just get lost in the route home. I don't know about you, but I don't have the time to call 26 parents every night after their children leave my classroom either.
 
This is where this miracle comes in handy!! Remind101 gives you the opportunity to send a text or email to the parents through your computer or phone app. They even have a feature to schedule a message to shoot out to the parents at any date or time that you need it to be sent!! Amazing right?? And what parent doesn't have their phone with them 24/7?
 Well once I found out about it I needed to spread the word, so of course I used my blog :) 
My original blog post 

I couldn't believe how many of you had not heard about it! I had so many people asking me how it worked and to tell you the truth I didn't truly know because I had just found it! I then knew that I was looping with my students, so I contacted the parents and let them know we would be using the system and before the school year even started I had 1/2 of my class enrolled in Remind101. 

I then found out that Remind101 wasn't only a blessing to me and my followers, but we in return were helping Remind101 out! I was contacted by them and their amazing staff about how my post was bringing them large amounts of amazing teachers like you to their site... read those posts here: Remind101's Blog

and the rest is history!!! 

If for some reason you aren't using it yet, you need to!! Every person that I have forced encouraged to start it doesn't know what they did without it :) So what do you have to lose?

Remind101 Website
Remind101 App for iPhone or iPad
Remind101 for Android







3 comments:

Mrs. Krol said...

Oh my gosh! I can't wait to try this. I have to admit that I hate making parent phone calls and I have been noticing more and more that reminder notes just don't do the trick. Can't wait to try this!

Julie Marciniak said...

I am so eager to try this! What a fabulous idea! Printing this post as we speak so I can "Follow Directions quickly" and get this app going on my phone! Thanks so much for sharing!

Happy Holidays from the Critter Cafe,
Julie
Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

Crafty Teacher Lady said...

This is an AWESOME resource! I'm a high school teacher and I'm always looking for ways to keep my students informed and for some reason they despise checking their school email accounts...hopefully this will help! Thanks for sharing!

Kelly-Anne
www.craftyteacherlady.blogspot.com