Looking for more ways to engage parents and students? Try taking Remind101 for a spin. This is a tool that I have been incorporating into my classroom for quite sometime, and the feedback from parents has been fantastic.
Let’s be honest. Increased communication with parents is vital to ensure the most successful year possible. Frankly, it’s a non negotiable for parents to be aware of current activities and beyond happening in their child’s classroom. Study after study indicate the importance of working collaboratively increases student achievement.
It’s super simple to sign up. Simply visit the Remind101 homepage and fill in the appropriate fields in the right column.
After signing up, you will asked to create a class name. Type the name in the blank field and click add.
You will then be presented with a unique phone number and class code. You can then have parents and/or students text the number and code. By doing this, they will be automatically subscribed and will receive text updates. There is also an option to receive email updates if they chose.
Once parents and/or students sign up, you can send out a message to everyone, or select a specific individual or group. I teach elementary school, so I only have one class. But if you teach middle or high school, you also have the option to create multiple classes on the left column.
There is also an option to schedule messages for a later time, as well as sending an attachment with your message. Keep in mind you are limited to 140 characters, so brevity in the name of the game. There iOS app is designed beautifully for ease of use.
Additionally, you have the option to embed a widget into your classroom website. This is done by clicking your name in top right hand corner of the page and “My Widgets.” This will generate code to copy and paste into the HTML of your website of blog. Click my classroom website for an example.
The possibilities for types of messages you can send to parents is limitless. Let’s increase parent engagement and make them aware of all the wonderful things happening in our classrooms! So, what ways are you using Remind101 to engage parents?