Wow! It has been too long since my last post!
The reason I’ve been MIA, you ask?
I’ve discovered Netflix. And Once Upon a Time.
I may be obsessed.
I was recently chosen to join the Remind Connected Educators program, and I am so glad I did! In joining this program, I learned more about a Remind feature that I will admit I was skeptical about…Remind Chat.
If you use Remind, you already know the basics about this amazing tool. Teachers send text/email messages to their students without having to share cell phone numbers. It really is brilliant.
However, have you ever needed to contact a specific student, or a small group of students? Do you need to remind a certain student that a deadline is approaching, or that the need to turn in their permission slip, field trip money, etc?
Remind Chat allows teachers to contact students individually, without having to share an announcement with the entire class.
This program would have definitely been a huge benefit for my students over our extended “snowcations,” as I call them. When students were home over our breaks, most likely watching Netflix and drinking hot chocolate, I would have been able to contact them individually, reminding them of assignments or instructional videos they needed to complete.
Instead of contacting individual students who needed to catch up on their work, I sent multiple messages to the entire class…pestering many students for no reason at all!
I am so excited that I am now able to use Remind Chat!
Here’s a question I’ve received …”why don’t you just email the individual students?”
Well, if all of my students consistently checked their email, I would most definitely do that.
I’ve found that students, as well as the rest of us, are more likely to check and read text messages at least quicker than we do emails.
Remind Chat conversations and announcements made or initiated by teachers, students, and parents are saved to the user’s account. These conversations can be easily printed or emailed at any time.
If you haven’t yet, definitely put Remind and Remind Chat on your list of things to learn this summer!
Thanks for reading 🙂