Remind (Remind101)

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Formerly Remind101, Remind is an awesome app for communicating with your students and parents. Remind provides for one directional communication. It is perfect for sending out mass notices. Over the years, Remind has listened to the educators and added many awesome features.  Remind is safe. You don’t give anyone your phone number. Remind provides a number for you to share with students, parents, and anyone that wants to keep up with your class. You don’t see their phone numbers. Remind controls the in-between. You can also create up to 10 classes per account. This is generally enough to handle most class loads. Each class can have an unlimited subscribers.

Remind now allows messages to have attachments! Now you can send pictures and files along with your messages. You can also message small groups. If you want to send a reminder to those students presenting the next day, now you can do it easily.  There is even an app that allows push notifications. That means that those students that rely on tablets or hand held devices other than smartphones can now also be included.

Tip: When you begin using Remind, you will want to send notices about everything. I urge you to take a moment and make a plan. Let everyone involved know how and why you use Remind. If you begin sending notices about daily activities, students and parents will rely on you to continue to do so.  I personally don’t send daily notices. I send notices about new units, emergency notices, test reviews, etc. I expect my students to manage their daily activities themselves.  Used wisely Remind will help students learn self reliance and time management.

Website:  www.remind.com

Platform:  iOS, Android, and is available on any browser.

Cost: Free

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Feedly

Feedly

Feedly is a recent addition to my app arsenal.  It is a blog reader.  It has changed the way I read blogs.  Now I have a way to keep up when the people I love to follow add a new post.  It becomes automatic.  It allows me to choose how I want to see the blogs in a list or in magazine style. There is a bookmark function that allows me to save any blog for later.  I can also categorize the blogs I read.  This allows me to separate the blogs into subjects. If I don’t want my professional blogs to mix in with my hobby blogs, I can just read the individual category.  I put Chat Archives in their own category.  I can now go back at my leisure and read through them without them popping up in my other professional readings.

There is an upgrade version.  The upgrade version allows you to connect Feedly to many other apps.  I see where this might be handy, but at this time the free app serves me well.  If you use the premium version, please feel free to comment.  We learn better together.

Website:  www.feedly.com

Platform:  iOS, Android, and is available on any browser.

Cost: Free version and Paid version ($5 per month or $45 per year)