This year, we will be using a new system called Remind101. This system allows me to send messages directly to my students without having to know their phone numbers or worry about protecting them from “followers” like on Twitter.
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
At the start of this school year, I will have my students access Remind101 and enter a code specific to my classroom. My students will not need the internet to set up their account because they will be able to do so from their phones. Once their account is set up, I will be able to send them “tweet-like” messages from my own computer or phone. I will be able to get messages and reminders to them while protecting their right to privacy. Unlike Twitter, Remind101 will not require me to waste time on explaining the lingo of Twitter, or worry that they will have missed my message because they were not logged in. While some may consider sending tweet-like messages to students as “time consuming”, the fact is that Remind101 will save me time, reams of paper and entire cartridges of ink I would have used to make copies of “assignment updates”, “what you missed”, and “important reminder” handouts.
WHAT ABOUT PARENTS?
The beauty of Remind101 is that it allows me to invite parents as well as students to set up accounts and receive updates on their child’s homework assignment. This is a strategy that will enable all student learners to succeed because it does not require students to record the assignment in order to be reminded of it later on.