Remind for the Elementary Classroom
Type of Technology: One Way Digital Messaging
SAMR Model Rating: Substitution/Augmentation
Grade Level: 3-12
Subject Areas: All
Remind is a communication tool specifically designed with education in mind. It is a real-time communication tool for messaging students, parents, groups, or an individual. Messages can be accessed through the app or in the text messaging of any phone platform. Messages can be translated into 70 different languages and the sender can see when/if the messages are received. Teachers can schedule messages and the app has an activities platform to help plan and organize events.
Every student in my 1:1 classroom is required to join our class on Remind. My partner teacher and I decided to both be teachers for one class and have both of our students grouped together. Remind allows for multiple teachers per group or class with messaging privileges. We’ve used it to send reminders to our students after school, before school, and even during school. Once, my students left my room to head across campus, to transition to another classroom, and forgot materials that they needed. Rather than running out the door and shouting to them, I just sent a remind – “Come back, you forgot your backpacks!” Their iPads chimed in their hands, and they returned.
We also encourage parents to join Remind. While the reminders are for the students, some parents like to keep track of what their students are up to. It help the teachers with accountability. Reminders such as “Don’t forget to dress for PE tomorrow”, “Bring your instrument tomorrow for our concert rehearsal”, and “Field Trip forms are due in the morning”, are great for kids to take agency over their responsibilities, but it never hurts to have a little support from parents. Unlike student accounts, parent accounts have the option of two-way communication. Parents on remind can follow up or ask questions to posts that teachers make. This is a great way to answer quick questions or schedule follow ups without having to go through email or releasing your private phone number.
Administrators may find Remind useful as well. If teachers are already using the app with their classes, then they already have accounts that principals can use to create groups. Email lists and group text chats can be clunky or difficult to keep track of – especially if all members are not in each other’s contacts. Remind can offer discussions in grade-level groups, planning/project teams, or entire staff.
Remind is a simple and extremely efficient way for teachers to communicate with their students. It gives the feel of a quick social media post, without all of the baggage that comes along with using apps that have an age 13+ terms of service agreement.