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Remind

By Charles G. Doe - Posted May 1, 2016
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Company: Remind, 77 Stillman Street, San Francisco, CA. 94107; email: contact@remindhq.com; remind.com

Price: Remind is free for teachers and schools, although standard text messaging fees may apply. Optional paid features may be introduced in the future, but for now, all is free.

Audience: Remind is intended for use by teachers, students, parents and administrators. It allows 140-character text messages to be sent to smartphones. Email can be sent to students 13 and older who have email addresses, or parents can provide theirs for younger children.

Format: Remind is internet-based and involves the use of smartphones for texting or any device that can be used with email for email or web-based notification.

System Requirements: There are no specific system requirements beyond being able to access the internet and having a device to check sent messages, whether text or email.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support: A

Description: Remind is a communication tool that helps teachers or administrators connect instantly with students, parents and/or teachers, and teacher-librarians. Once set up, Remind sends quick, simple messages to any device.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: Teachers or administrators begin by setting up an account for free, then entering contact information for target groups, whether classes, faculty, or schools. Or contact information could be sent home so parents could sign up themselves using codes supplied by Remind. An app is available for use with smartphones and other iOS and Android devices. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Remind is a well-designed, easy-to-use messaging program with one objective—communication to any group of up to 10, or a whole class, for any reason. Communications can be “conversations” in which students, parents, etc., can respond and teachers can respond back. Or Remind can send text announcements of up to 140 characters with attachments with no responses possible.

Teachers can use it as an instructional tool, or teachers and administrators can use it as a means of notifying parents or students of upcoming events, homework, etc., or as an announcement system in case of emergencies. Even librarians would find it useful to remind students or teachers about upcoming events and programs put on by or in the library, or book signings at the local bookstores, and so on.

Remind was originally design to send text messages to smartphones. But it has been expanded, and a smartphone is no longer necessary in order to send or receive Remind messages, which can now be emailed or posted on the internet.

Teachers can send messages via the website by logging into their account at remind.com. Teachers who would like to send Remind messages via a mobile device can use an app or a mobile browser with a smartphone or tablet.

Teachers can choose to receive messages on Remind by going to Message Settings in their accounts. When they do, class participants and colleagues can send or reply to messages via text, app, web, and email. Communications can be managed by setting office hours to show participants the best time to reach teachers and disabling replies once a conversation is over.

Remind is safe to use, as every teacher has a unique code and number. Students or parents subscribe to the teacher’s alerts by opting in to the teacher’s notifications. Teachers never see a student’s phone number, and vice versa, and the message history is saved and can’t be deleted. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Remind is easy and fast to use. It has a bit of a learning curve for those just beginning, but generally is very intuitive. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Support is available onsite and with instructions that are part of Remind. FAQs and other resources are available. Remind Support can be contacted via email or using an online form. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Remind is an excellent communications program that is well-designed, easy to use, and priced right. I highly recommend it in all educational settings, including colleges. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Charles Doe is a 39-year teacher, including 10 as an elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools, Hastings, Mich. For the last 17 years, he has written articles and reviews for Internet @ Schools. His email address is charliegd@sbcglobal.net.


 
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