SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Right now, millions of K-12 teachers are making preparations for one of the busiest times of the school year. Meanwhile, the team behind Remind101, the innovative service that gives teachers a safe and free way to text message students and stay in touch with parents, is gearing up to help those teachers better communicate with their students.
"The start of the school year is the ideal time for teachers to try out new ideas and methods that can make them more efficient and help their students get more out of the classroom. This year, we're planning to introduce hundreds of thousand teachers to Remind101 so they can stay connected with their students and also engage with the parents of these students," said Brett Kopf, co-founder and CEO of Remind101. "The many teachers who are already using Remind101 tell us our service makes a huge difference in the classroom by supporting the latest teaching methods. But we're not standing still: we have some major enhancements planned for release over the next few months."
Remind101 sees rapid adoption by K-12 teachers who want to keep in touch with their students
Since its launch less than two years ago, Remind101 has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity among K-12 teachers. Already, more than 200,000 teachers are using the service. Collectively, these early-adopter teachers have sent more than 110 million text messages to nearly 4 million students and parents. Teachers are mainly using Remind101 to keep in touch with students while they're out of the classroom — in keeping with the trend toward flipped classrooms, which emphasizes learning at home and collaboration and discussion in the classroom.
"Teachers tell us that it solves one of their biggest challenges: communicating with students and parents to ensure they're aware of critical classroom information such as homework, reading, quizzes, schedule changes, and more. This translates into more projects being turned in on time, and less teacher effort spent chasing down late submissions — which frees up teachers to focus on teaching," said Kopf.
Some Remind101 users have seen a dramatic increase in the number of parents who attend their regular parent-teacher conferences. "Before using Remind101, only 10 out of 24 parents showed up to my parent-teacher conferences. Since using Remind101, that number has shot up to 21 parents," said Jared Fox, who taught English at Jefferson Parish Public Schools in New Orleans.
"The trend of flipping classrooms has meant communication with students and parents after school hours is more important than ever," said Todd Nesloney, fifth-grade math teacher at Fields Store Elementary, Waller, Texas. "Alternate means of communication, such as emailing or keeping planners, leave too much room for excuses and forgetfulness. By using Remind101 to deliver evening lessons and other crucial material directly to their phones, I'm confident that my students will not miss important deadlines and other information they need to complete their assignments."
For Christopher Deon, who teaches English III, English IV, and Speech I & II at Rosepine High School in Rosepine, Louisiana, safety is one of the biggest benefits of Remind101: "Remind101 has revolutionized my classroom. It lets me keep my parents and students engaged while ensuring I conform to guidelines on how mobile phones can be used for teacher-student communication."
Remind101 on track to double use by teachers this school year
For the 2013/2014 school year, the 14-person team at Remind101 is aiming to boost usage by teachers through word of mouth (teachers are often enthusiastic adopters of social media to alert each other to tips and tricks), new product features and new apps, and events. Remind101 is sponsoring various EdCamps across the country and in addition is sponsoring a weekly iPad give away in August to get more teachers connected and ready for Back to School.
Some of the core benefits of using Remind101 include:
- Safety – teachers never sees students phone number and visa versa, preserving privacy and ensuring safety;
- Accessibility – students and parents use mobile phones or emails to receive messages from their teachers, without the need for a smartphone;
- One-to-many – messages go to the entire class, and students and parents can't reply, saving teachers from having to manage another inbox;
- Audit trail – a log of all sent messages is kept if needed for any administration or audit needs.
How Remind101 works
Remind101 provides a free, safe messaging service for teachers to communicate with students and parents via text or email. Teachers sign up for an account, create classes or groups, gather subscribers, and start messaging. All without ever sharing their personal cell phone number, or collecting phone numbers from their students or parents.
We believe great education is the first step to solving many of the world's most pressing problems. Our purpose is to build products to make it incredibly easy for teachers to provide that education. Working hand-in-hand with teachers, Remind101 aims to eliminate communication obstacles between teachers, students and parents. Across all grade levels and institution types, Remind101 provides a safe, simple communication solution to help teachers extend their classrooms. Millions of teachers, students and parents rely on Remind101 to power their classroom communication. You can find Remind101 on Twitter (@remind101), Facebook (facebook.com/remind101), Pinterest (pinterest.com/remind101), or on the web at www.remind101.com.
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