Similarly to many other teachers, I'm sure, I am trying to raise test scores and achievement, increase homework completion, increase parent contacts, and meet my APPR goals this year. I am wondering about a tool to do just that. It is called Remind101. I am going to start using it with my classes (students and parents) this week. I'll keep you posted.
I heard about it from a friend of mine who is using it and has great things to say.
Here is the website Remind101.com
Here are a few teacher blogs that discuss it
A great discussion of the set up and features
I think most kids want to be successful but are not in the habit of keeping track of multiple classes, doing homework, remembering what they need to do, etc. Also, let's face it, our kids are connected and used to technology. While it may not always have a place in the classroom we need to connect with them where they are.
It is free, anonymous, and very easy to set up. You can schedule messages to go out ahead of time. I think its worth a try.