Mobile platform helps teachers, students stay connected

connected-schoolsRemind101 is a mobile platform that closes the communication gap between home and school, helping students, teachers, and parents stay connected in a modern way. It allows teachers to send reminders, notifications, and updates via text or eMail—and already, more than 30,000 schools are signed up, its creators say.

Signing up takes less than two minutes on the website, iPhone app, or Android app, and it only takes seconds for students or parents to join a class by sending a text or eMail message to a designated number, Remind101 says. Safety is a primary feature of the service: Teachers never see students’ or parents’ phone numbers, and students and parents don’t see theirs.

Teachers can manage up to 10 classes, sending messages to an entire class or to individual students or parents instantly—or they can schedule a message for later if they’d like, such as a reminder about a test that’s in a month.

“I have been using Remind101 for two and a half years. My students and parents love it,” one teacher reports on the website. “I love how it helps my students be more productive, because they don’t have the excuse of, ‘I forgot.’”

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