With the beginning of school and our own administrative staff now endorsing the use of Remind by communicating to our faculty and staff using it, I’ve been sharing its potential use in the classroom as well. We all know (and even lament) how today’s students rely on their devices. So why not capitalize on that reliance by capitalizing on it for educational use. Our high school bookclub has been using Remind for around 2 years, and we have found it as the best way to communicate meeting dates/times, when the book club books are in and available, and more. It is available through a website or an app for most mobile devices. The following are Google Drawings I made for use as helpful resources for my teachers. (Download larger image here.)
But some of my students and/or parents can’t join for a variety of reasons, such as limited data plans on their phone, no way to receive texts, dislike of texts, etc. No worries, let your intended audience know they can subscribe via email. (Download larger image here.)
After creating an account, the user will have to find ways to communicate the necessary information for users to subscribe. Remind provides a handy printable PDF that can be used, but one can also verbally share as it’s almost always simple enough to just say it or write it on a simple sign. Here is how I made our library book club “handout,” which I’ve printed and maintained ready to give to students at the circulation desk. (Download larger image here.)
In this “showcasing” of why Remind is a good classroom tool, I also share the ability to schedule messages, which is a nice feature in Remind that often wins over even the most reluctant. (Download larger image here.)
In some kind of follow-up training, I will share the now available chat features. I will also help my teachers use the widgets offered in Remind to add to their online spaces. Finally, since all our classes are semester long classes I will share how to remove users closer to the end of the semester.