Thursday, August 23, 2012

Back to School Tech Tip: Safely Text Your Class with @Remind101

Ever wish you could send out a mass text to a group?

I started using remind101 when it first launched last year. I enjoy how simple and effective the site is to use.  A friend of mine also uses remind101 and states, "The impact it's had on my students turning in assignments and the amount of time it has saved me is incredible."
When I first started using remind 101, I immediately loved the platform and the thoughtfulness behind it.  The concept was beautiful in it's simplicity: A safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents.  Easy to use, easy to manage, safe communication.  100% free.   All of the bugs were worked out - no real phone numbers flying around, everything was safe and easy to use. 

Since then, the developers have not rested on their laurels, continuing to develop new ways in which we can safely communicate with important groups.  This summer, remind 101 has launched their free app, which provides another avenue of communication for those ever-so-connected teachers, players, and parents.  They have also begun support for Canadian phone numbers. 

As the new school year begins and you meet parents for the first time, it's the perfect opportunity to discuss with them how they would like to receive communication from their student's class - and remind101 is a great way to make it happen.

remind101 App now available in iTunes
free. fast. safe. effective

I'm so excited to recommend this app to Kleinspiration friends because Brett, a personal friend, and his brother have worked so hard to get this little project ready for teachers.  I've been working alongside Brett before the app launched to test the features while the product was in beta - how fun!  I'm honored to have such innovative buddies in the Valley.  The app is a great tool and is a direct reflection of how in tune to their audience the team at remind101 is.  We asked for an app-and they gave it to us. 

remind101 Description: (per iTunes)

Remind101 provides a safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents. It is 100% free and is used by over 200,000 teachers, students and parents to send millions of messages every month.

*Message your entire class of students or parents in seconds.
*Teachers never see students' phone numbers. Students never see theirs.
*Students and parents join by sending a text message. No computer needed.

*Revolutionized my approach to parent communication -Jessica D.
*Love it! Easy. Quick. Unique way of communicating with parents/students -Michael B.
*Communicating with a click from a mobile device is instant & saves me important teaching time! -Erin K.
*It has made a HUGE difference for many students in getting homework in on time -Craig N.
*Improved my students' morale, behavior, AND grades! -Catherine F.

*Unlimited students or parents
*Unlimited text messages
*100% free
*No ads, ever.
*NBC. NPR. Huffington Post. Edutopia. Edweek.
*K-12, higher ed, coaches, principals...
You can click here to see how other teachers are using remind101!

Sign up for Kleinspiration updates by following the steps below:

You can set up as many groups as you'd like.  This way, it makes sending group texts so simple!  Hmmmm.... perhaps I could set up a Kleinspiration group?  As I'm thinking out loud and writing at the same time, I think this might be a fun idea.  How cool would it be to get automatic updates as soon as I launch a give-away, freebie, or hear about a workshop that has limited seats?  

Yes, I can't wait to set this up for my class! 

First: sign up for a Free remind101 account: click here

Next: After you've signed up for an account, get the app!  

Then:  Check out remind101's Back-to-School Blog!

click play to view my short screencast on setting up an account
listen for bonus features in the video about freebies

Disclosure: remind101 is a contributing sponsor of Kleinspiration


  1. That is super cool! Not sure if I'm ready to text with parents yet, but this definitely makes it look safe, easy, and do-able!

    *Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge*

  2. Thanks Christina!

    You don't have to text back and forth. In fact, right now, it's just a one way service. You can send messages, but they can't reply.



  3. I believe the android app releases this week.