I’ve found Remind to be key in my school-wide communication system. It allows me to stay connected to all members of my community — teachers, families, and students.
1. Guide students
I’ve always gotten to work early (6:30am or so) and it can be very cold at my school because we’re tucked into a little valley. During the winter months, it drops to the low 30’s, even at 7:30am. With Remind, I text a ‘Current Temperature at John Swett Elementary’ because we always have kids who show up in shorts and without a jacket. I’ve had numerous parents tell me they’ve shown my message to their child while getting dressed, insisting they change out of their shorts and tank top because Mr. Welcome said so! Kids listen to their Principal, and my advice is brought into the home with Remind.
2. Keep your staff updated
Instead of doing an Emergency Phone Tree, set up a ‘Staff’ class in your Remind account. You can simply message them without skipping anyone or ‘not’ getting ahold of someone. I’ve done the phone tree before with an entire staff, but I’m using Remind now! Remind is much more efficient, free, and reaches all staff in matter of seconds. All you need is a browser, or better yet, the app for your phone. Inform your staff during emergencies with Remind!
3. Promote your school events
No matter how much I push and promote our website, the majority of parents use their mobile device as their main conduit for information from the school. Of course we’re on Twitter but having the ability to attach documents to our Remind messages has risen the bar. Golf tournament sign-ups, Father/Daughter Dance announcements, and auction donation forms are all sent out via Remind and the new Attach feature. Keep your community informed with Remind.
4. Connect with social media
I’ve been dabbling with IFTTT as a way to streamline communication with our school community and have learned different recipes to bring it all together. There is a recipe for all Remind messages to be automatically Tweeted when you link all your accounts.
5. Stay up-to-date with teachers and students
The majority of our teachers use Remind with their classes as well. If you’re a Principal, make sure you subscribe to teachers’ classes, which will keep you more informed on class happenings. This will make you more connected to the students, even when you’re not inside the classroom.
When you’ve sent 100 messages, a little surprise will be sent to your inbox from Remind! (We’re all loving our t-shirts).