Sunday, February 22, 2015

Remind: Because We Need All the Help We Can Get!

Our blogger today is Andrea Tinkey, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Danville Community Middle School.

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How many times have you heard, "I didn't know we had homework!" or "I forgot to do my homework," as an excuse from students?  As a middle school teacher, this is something we hear all the time!  As much as we work to help kids keep organized and be responsible, once and a while it's just going to happen... they forget!

As a parent, how many times have you heard from your son or daughter, "We don't have any homework!" or the infamous, "I don't know," when asked what they did at school that day?  My daughter is only 4 and she already does this with me!

If this is something you struggle with, then do I have a program for you!  Remind (formerly Remind101) is a great program that allows teachers to communicate regularly with students AND parents about what is going on in the classroom.  Basically, you type up a message about homework, class projects, deadlines, tests, events, daily announcements, etc, and it sends a one way message by text or by email to anyone who has signed up for your class.  The great part is that it can be used on any platform, iOS, Android or even from your computer.

Signing up is super easy, and once you do, you will be prompted to set up a class.  Once you have chosen a name for your classes, they will give you an invitation code to give to students and parents so they can sign up for your class.  Signing up is up to them!   Messages do not come directly from your personal email or phone number so there are no worries about privacy!

You can schedule messages to send whenever you need them to. I usually set my messages up in the morning and have them send at about 4pm, when kids are just getting home.

With each message you can also attach a picture, document or voice clip that you want them to see/hear.  Users who have the app can also reply to messages with symbols to indicate they have seen it, or maybe have a question about it.

Parents that have signed up for my classes rave about how this program has helped them stay on top of what's going on and what homework students should have to work on, and students like it because it comes in a format they are used to using anyway!

Don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself!  Go to Remind.com or check out the app today!

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