Remind, An Administrator’s Perspective

remindLast week, I was involved in an early morning debate with my 5 year old daughter. She was confident picture day was tomorrow, while I was convinced it was today. The debate was settled by a quick call to the school. Like countless instances in the past, this situation got me thinking about the effectiveness of Remind. As a classroom teacher, I used Remind because I wanted a communication tool that, as the Remind slogan says, actually reaches “parents where they are”, on their mobile devices. Parents are busy people, students can be forgetful, so if effective communication is a desired goal, then the traditional agenda has outlived its day. Furthermore, if using an agenda to teach responsibility is also a goal, then I’m confident we can come up with more creative ways to impart this learning skill in our students. Teachers using Remind already know this, but what would Remind look like at the school level? What if an administrator had the ability to quickly send messages that will simultaneously reach the majority of their school community? Maybe buses are delayed, volunteers are needed for hot lunch, or despite my belief, picture day is tomorrow.

These are the steps to make this happen in your school community. Visuals for all steps are contained in the slideshow below. NOTE: Administrators should be solely responsible for the Remind account. 

  1. Set up a Remind account for your school by going to Remind’s website.
  2. Enter some basic information into the “Welcome to Remind” window. For TVDSB schools, I would recommend using your FirstClass email.
  3. Select the “I’m a teacher” option.
  4. Enter the desired title and name for the administrator. This name will appear in each message sent.
  5. Enter the name of the school.
  6. Download the PDF file to print/email/post on in high-traffic areas. To build a large participant base, this information needs to be communicated in all possible ways. Word of mouth will also help spread awareness.
  7. Watch your participant list grow, and get ready to send your first message!

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2 responses to “Remind, An Administrator’s Perspective

  1. Hi David, I am happy to report that as the principal of Northdale Central, I have a Remind account for 2 years our community. I love it! I feel very responsible to advise followers of everything from hot lunches to late buses but I also share fire drill and code red practices. I even send photos from events and share behavior situations we want families to be aware of; e cigarettes, snow fort disagreements, and lateness.
    My 2 favorite reasons for having the school wide Remind account is that our multiple household families are getting the messages at the same time and no one feels they are missing out because it is not their visit day. And, parents email me to say thank you for providing dinner conversation topics i.e.: “so tell me why Mrs Zeisner is worried about snow fort behavior?”.
    I also have one for our staff and can quickly advise of school closings or celebrate our soccer championship.
    I love it and it makes a big difference when I can see it has been read and appreciated by the “likes” families indicate. Easy and effective tool plus accountability both ways, from school to home and home to school to stay connected.

    • Hi Catherine, thank you so much for sharing how you’re improving communication in your school community. You certainly have some very creative uses for Remind! I hope more schools are willing to embrace this tool.

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