One of the more valuable ways that I can send messages to students and parents is through a service called Remind 101.
It allows me to create “classes” and alert all who are in that class about assignments, changes in scheduling, and activities.
Most students carry with them their smartphones and respond more quickly to texts. It allows them to contact me whenever they need. In fact, I used it frequently over the missed days due to weather. It works when the internet is down and there is no power in the house.
And it’s transparent.
As a parent of a high school student, I am on groups for her activities to alert me when there are changes.
It is a good tool for teachers, students, and parents that does not crunch the wallet. Teachers already pay for enough.
Now there is this:
Verizon is wanting to increase the charge for Remind to send messaging. That will not only disrupt being able to use Remind for teachers like me, but may result in charges to teachers to use Remind in the capacity we use it now.
Let them know that this is not good for teachers, students, and schools.