While email is a traditional way to send formal correspondence with each other there is a more engaging, on the go, way for educators and students to communicate with each other called Remind.com.
What is Remind.com?
Remind is a free service for educators to broadcast short timely announcements and updates to subscribed students via free Remind smartphone app (recommended) or traditional text message (without exchanging phone numbers). Alternatively Remind can also broadcast to subscribed email accounts and post broadcasted messages to a webpage archive. Remind was developed for educators, previously known as Remind101, their audience is K12 and their user policy seems respectful to users privacy, in addition Remind is an approved UH ITS Third Party Online tool. Lastly Remind works with your existing UH Google account by simple selecting to sign in with Google.
How does Remind.com work?
It starts with the course instructor creating a Remind Classroom and join link. The instructor then shares the join link with their students who would join the Remind class to receive messages.
Examples of using Remind.com for instruction would be for messaging course announcements or assignments reminders (Remind messages can be schedule to be delivered ahead of time). Another example is to use Remind as a student friendly way to receive questions from your students. Lastly, remind could support student communication within small group projects (eliminating the exchange of personal phone numbers or social media accounts) because Remind could allow for messaging between students in a small group directly within the Remind app.
Real World: Using Remind within instruction:
“I have used Remind for course announcements. Student are encouraged to sign up to receive messages, if they don’t I also embed the Remind message archive page within my Laulima course site.” Brent, ED 279
“I have also used Remind as an alternative way for students to ask me questions or seek clarification about course assignments. I also find students are able to snap pictures of their computer screen with their phones and easily include the images in their Remind message to support their questions” -Brent, ED 279
How will the Educational Media Center use Remind.com?
We’ll be using Remind.com to engage with participants as well as to delivery announcements and resources related to EMC Workshops on the Go professional development series.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can students message each other through Remind App?
A: Instructors can enable or disable the ability for students to message each other (such as for small group work) in the Remind App. Students using the Remind App will always be able to message their instructor/ facilitator.
Q: Will phone numbers be shared with the instructor or other participants in Remind?
A: No, phone numbers will remain private and are held by Remind.com, they are not shared within your Remind community (including with your instructor/ facilitator)
Q: If I sign up to receive messages via text will I be charged?
A: If you phone plan does not include unlimited text messaging you should be aware that standard text messaging rates do apply (consider using the Remind App)
Q: Can I unsubscribe from receiving Remind text messages?
A: You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP or let us know and we can remove you.
Q: Can a student reply to a Remind text message from their instructor?
A: No, this is a one-way broadcast. You will not be able to text us. (consider using the Remind App, which does allow for 2 way messaging)
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