I have been looking for several years for a way to better communicate with parents and students. I came across Class-Pariot
, a free texting based software. It allows anyone (students and parents) to send one text message to a number with a subscribe message. Then you can send one text and everyone who signed up will get it. As the educator, you can choose to turn off responses or allow anyone who gets it to text you back. I am using it now without students/parents having the ability to response to me.
I think this has huge implications for education. Parents often don't have time to read the classroom blog, or school newsletters, etc. This can provide them with details right on their personal handheld. Let us know your thought.
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