Remind is a real-time “text” messaging tool that allows users to communicate with groups (e.g., entire classes or student organizations) or individual people. Remind has more than 20 million users and is employed in more than 70% of public schools (Remind, 2018). Users can write text messages up to 140 characters. For teachers, this means being able to send out messages that students and parents can’t miss. For students and parents, this makes it easier to stay on top of assignments, deadlines, updates, and events going on in school. If you are looking to enhance communication in your school or community Remind could be a beneficial tool to try out.
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Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model exemplifies the integration of technology into teaching. This model is an effort to prove more meaningful uses of technology in the classroom rather than using “tech for tech’s sake.” As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool.
Here is an example of how Remind might fit within the SAMR model:
Far too often, technology is used as a direct substitute for other low-tech tools (e.g., pencil and paper). While substitution has some benefits (e.g., students develop their technology skills and knowledge), we encourage you to think about how you might use Remind to modify or redefine learning.
Text message the link to a math website site for homework.
Send students the directions to an at-home science experiment for homework.
Send out the first sentence of a story and ask students to complete it. Give students the character traits of a character in their book and ask them to describe them using different words. Ask parents to read the next chapter of a book with students for homework.
Send students reminders for the next deadline. Ask students for feedback. Remind students they require a parents physical signature.
Keep parents in the loop on class progress. Send pictures to parents of their students on their class trip. Ask Parents for approval on school trips and fundraisers.
Nisbet, K., & Opp, A. (2017). Effects of the Remind app on parent-teacher communication at a mixed-income middle school. Retrieved from Sophia, the St. Catherine University repository website: https://sophia.stkate.edu/maed/227
Dyer, T. D., Aroz, J., & Larson, E. (2017). Now you see me: Using Remind to achieve proximity online.
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