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Communication

with Remind for K-12 Teachers


Instructor: Rebecca Beatty

Introduction
Remind is a free software that allows teachers to communicate in an efficient and safe
manner with students and their parents. Teachers can send messages to an entire class, chat
with smaller groups, or reach out to other teachers within the school. Although Remind can be
used on a computer or phone, the messages do not show users phone numbers or email
addresses, keeping the entire process safe and streamlined.
K-12 teachers can all benefit from this technology, although they may use it in different
ways. For example, a kindergarten teacher may notice that many of her students are not
dressing properly for the cold weather, and send out a friendly reminder to parents about the
recess policy. A high school teacher could schedule messages to be sent to her class about
studying before an upcoming quiz. Remind is simple to implement and use, but very versatile.

In this tutorial, K-12 teachers will learn the basics of communicating with Remind. First,
they will invite their students to create Remind accounts and join their class. Next, they will
learn how to send and schedule announcements. Lastly, they will explore the chat feature by
connecting with some of their fellow teachers.

Objectives:
Teachers will set up a Remind account for at least one of their classes by inviting the
students and their parents to join Remind.
Teachers will use Remind to communicate with students and parents by sending a class
announcement and scheduling a future announcement.
Teachers will explore Reminds chat feature by starting a chat with one or more of their
fellow teachers.

Instructional Materials: To complete this tutorial and tasks, teachers will need access to a
computer with an Internet connection, contact information for students and their parents, and
information about upcoming assignments or student requirements.

Instructional Tasks:
1. Setting up a class account: After logging in to Remind and creating a username and password,
teachers will be prompted to invite students and their parents. The teachers will input their
class contact information to invite their class to join Remind. Once students and parents have
joined, teachers will be able to see their names listed as class participants.

2. Sending and scheduling class announcements: Teachers will create and send a welcome
message to students using the announcement feature. They will select a class, type the
message, and hit send. After the message is sent, it will be marked with a delivered stamp.
Next, teachers will schedule an announcement to be sent in the future. They can remind
students of an upcoming assignment, give information about next weeks field trip, share study
tips for midterms, or create another announcement of their choice. After scheduling the

announcement to be sent, teachers will be able to see it in the scheduled announcements


section of their dashboard. The announcement can always be edited or deleted before its
scheduled send date.

3. Using the chat feature: Teachers will begin a new chat by selecting one or more other
teachers from their list of participants and sending a message. In order to practice sending and
receiving messages, the chat should include multiple messages from each participant. If there
are no other participating teachers within the school, the teacher can instead chat with one or
more parents or with two or more students.

Assessment: After completing the instructional tasks, the teachers will fill out a survey at the
end of the tutorial. This survey will direct teachers to reflect on their experience using Remind
and give feedback for future instruction. The teachers will also be given a link to Reminds very
helpful resource page for any future questions they may have.























Welcome to this tutorial, Communication with Remind!



Remind is a software that allows teachers to communicate safely and effectively with students and their
parents. With Remind, you can send messages, schedule announcements ahead of time, and chat with
other teachers throughout the school.

At the end of this tutorial, you will be able to:
Invite students and parents to use Remind
Send out whole-class announcements and reminders
Schedule messages to be sent at a later date
Chat with 1-9 other Remind users in the school, including fellow teachers

Getting Started
Before beginning this tutorial, log on to http://www.remind.com and create an account. Be sure to
specify that you are a teacher, as well as the name of your school. While setting up an account, you will
be prompted to create a class. For the purposes of this tutorial, you will only need to set up one of your
classes, but, if you have more than one, feel free to add them now.

Inviting Students & Parents
Once youve set up at least one class, Remind will prompt you to invite your students and their parents
to join the class. There are two ways you can do this.

First, you can invite them via email or text message. From your classs dashboard, click Phone or email
invites on the right side of the screen.







You will be able to enter phone numbers and email addresses at the same timejust be sure to

separate them with a comma or semicolonand hit Send Invitations. A green confirmation box will
pop up on the screen.





A copy of the email sent to parents and students can be viewed at the following link:
https://help.remind.com/hc/en-us/articles/202811755-What-is-in-the-parent-notification-letter

Another method of inviting students to join your class is to give them your class code. This is the 3-10
character code beginning with @__________ that is listed under your classs name on your class
dashboard.


All students and parents have to do is log on to www.remind.com/join and enter the class code to join
the class. They will be given the option of receiving texts or emails from you in the future.






As students and parents join your class, youll see them pop up under your list of participants.



Sending Announcements
You are now ready to send announcements to your class! All you have to do is select a class from the left
side of your dashboard. There will be a box for sending announcements in the center of your class page.
Type in your message and hit the blue Send button. The message will then be marked with a
Delivered stamp.



To schedule a future announcement, click Schedule directly underneath the announcement box.
Select the date and time your students and parents should receive the message, then click the blue
Save button.


1 scheduled announcement will immediately appear under the announcement box. By clicking there,

you can view, edit, or delete your scheduled announcements at any time.



Using the Chat Feature
Reminds chat feature allows you to chat with a group of 1-9 participants. To start a new chat, click the
Chat icon on the left side of your dashboard (under Classes) and then New Chat.


Select the participants you want to add to your chat and click Send a chat at the bottom of the screen
to compose your message. Message receipts will show you when your message has been delivered and
read. The other participants can then continue the conversation or leave the chat group.

Try it out!

Complete the following tasks to master communicating with Remind.
Invite your students and parents to join your class on Remind.
Send an announcement to your class, welcoming them to Remind.
Schedule an announcement of your choice to be sent to your class next week.
Start a new chat with one or more of your fellow teachers. Be sure to continue the conversation
by replying to their messages.
Complete the survey on the following page and return it to the instructor.

For additional information on using Remind, check out their Help page and resources at
http://www.remind.com/help.


















Survey

Please rate your experience using Remind and this tutorial.

1. I was able to quickly and easily invite students to my class.

Strongly disagree

Disagree
Neutral Agree

Strongly agree

2. I was able to quickly and easily send an announcement to my entire class.

Strongly disagree

Disagree
Neutral Agree

Strongly agree

3. I was able to quickly and easily schedule an announcement to be sent at a later time.

Strongly disagree

Disagree
Neutral Agree

Strongly agree

4. I was able to quickly and easily begin a chat with other participants in the school.

Strongly disagree

Disagree
Neutral Agree

Strongly agree

5. I can see myself continuing to use Remind in my classroom.

Strongly disagree

Disagree
Neutral Agree

Strongly agree

6. Remind is helpful for communicating with other teachers in the school.

Strongly disagree

Disagree
Neutral Agree

Strongly agree

7. Students and parents are eager to begin using Remind to communicate.

Strongly disagree

Disagree
Neutral Agree

Strongly agree

8. The tutorial was easy to follow and understand.

Strongly disagree

Disagree
Neutral Agree

Strongly agree

9. I was able to learn useful information from this tutorial.

Strongly disagree

Disagree
Neutral Agree

Strongly agree

10. Any additional comments/questions:











Reflection


As a teacher, I have often checked my students understanding or helped them to study
for an assignment by asking them to teach a concept to someone else. The thinking behind this
is that if you are not able to fully explain the concept to another person, there are most likely
still gaps in your own knowledge. The same applies to my own learning about new (to me, at
least) technology. As I began to write out this tutorial, I started seeing gaps in my own
knowledge. While I might have been able to play around with Remind and figure out how to
navigate the features, I wasnt able to give clear directions (e.g. the schedule button is right
under the announcements text box) without going back and relearning the procedure.

I did enjoy this new format of instruction. My background is in K-12 teaching, and Im
used to working with studentswhether an entire class, small groups, or one-on-onein
person. There is a definite learning curve to distance education, and, while writing is the format
Im most comfortable with, Im looking forward to branching out even further into other
formats of virtual instruction. Assessment was the most difficult aspect of this for me. I tried to
plan an assessment that allowed teachers to self-assess their work without making it a chore.
As a teacher, I would be much less likely to participate in an in-service or tutorial if I had to
analyze and critique every step of my learning. Instead, I think its more important to give
teachers the space to explore new kinds of technology and decide whether, and how, it is best
used in their classrooms.




















Peer Reviews

(Rebecca Dublack)

Great work on your tutorial. Some of the things I really liked about it:
You incorporated 21st century learning in your introduction. Teachers can be
overwhelmed with the technology options available, so I think it's important to explain
exactly how and why this particular technology can benefit both teacher and student.
You brought up a lot of great features of BookWidgets--I want to check it out for myself!
Adding screenshots is a great way to add clarification to your tutorial.

A few things that could be improved:
The objectives could be simplified. I think your point would still come across without the
phrase, "Using BookWidgets" at the beginning, but make the sentences easier to read.
There are a few grammar issues throughout the tutorial. Some sentences are missing
punctuation.
While it was clear what the teachers need to do for the assessment portion, it was
unclear what would happen after the widgets were emailed to you. Will the teachers
receive feedback? If so, what kind?

(Alyssa Prior)

Hi Alyssa! I enjoyed reading your tutorial on PowToon. While I have used some of the features
on the website, there were others mentioned in your tutorial that I wasnt aware of. Some of
the things I liked about your tutorial are:
Your instructional tasks checklist gives a very clear and concise picture of everything
that needs to be accomplished throughout the tutorial.
The second half of your rubric (focusing on what teachers have learned and how it will
be applied in their classrooms) would be extremely helpful to the instructor (you!) when
planning future tutorials or in-service days for teachers. If you were to teach the same
tutorial to another group of teachers, you would have a good idea of what worked well
and what could be improved upon. Youd also be able to apply this feedback to
instruction on other forms of technology.
I love that you included a screenshot with every step of your tutorial. This is a huge help
when you are discussing the different buttons and features as it makes your tutorial
perfectly clear to the learner.

Things that could be improved:

It was a little unclear whether each teacher would be bringing their own lesson
materials, or if all the teachers would be using the same example book. There is a good
chance that all the 6th grade language arts teachers in one school or district would be
using at least one text in commonperhaps this would be a good choice for them to
work with?
The first three sections of the rubric were unclear. For example, in the first section,
would a rating of 5 mean that the teachers enjoyed the experience of creating a
PowToon, or that they created a high-quality PowToon?


Overall, great job!