Communicating with parents via text message is a convenient way to reach them. We can use the tool Remind to help send out class announcements via text message without using our personal phone number. Let's take look at how to get started with Remind.
1. Create an account at www.remind.com.
2. Select “Create a Class” on the left sidebar and name your class.
3. Enter the parent names and phone numbers that wish to receive text updates from you. The parent will receive a text message notifying them that they have been enrolled in your class with instructions on how to opt out if they wish.
4. Choose “Messages” on the left side and click the small icon with a pencil to compose a new message to your class. Choose one of the 4 options, compose a message, and push send. It’s that easy!
For explanations and tutorials of more in depth options available from Remind, visit their support section here.
QR codes can be a great way to quickly allow students to get to a particular website you’d like to share. You will need two things to create and use QR codes. The first is student devices capable of using a QR Code reader, such as an iPad, iPhone, or Android tablet. My favorite QR scanner is “QR Code Reader” by Scan, Inc., although any code reader should work. Next is a QR code generator, my favorite to use is qrstuff.com.
Now, let’s make our code. First, find the URL (address) of the website you like to share, in this case I want to share a YouTube video on adding and subtracting fractions with my students. I will take the URL and copy it by highlighting it, right clicking, and selecting copy.
Next, go to qrstuff.com. Right-click in the “Website URL” text bar and select paste.
Last, can change the color of my code if desired (optional), then click “Download QR Code” to save my QR Code as a picture file.
That’s it! My code is done, I can now print it off or put the image file into a Smart Notebook file- whatever I’d like. However you choose to display the code, your students will simply now take their device, open the QR reader app you’ve selected on the device, scan the code, and your YouTube video will open and play.
YouTube is an invaluable resource for students of all ages. However, when sharing YouTube videos with students to watch independently, sometimes inappropriate or unwanted videos will appear in the recommended videos on the sidebar or at the end of the video, as shown below. There is a trick that will allow you to remove these from the YouTube videos you wish to share with your students.
Below the video, click on the “Share” option.
Select “Embed”, then “Show More” to reveal more options for your video.
Uncheck the “Show suggested videos when the video finishes” checkbox. After this, a new address will be created for your video in the bar at the top. Copy everything that appears inside the quotation marks directly after “src=”. Lastly, paste and share this link to your students using Schoology, a QR code, etc., or save that link for to play to the whole class with the projector. When viewed from this link, there will be no recommended videos or other distractions from YouTube.
Try out this tip when sharing a YouTube video with students for a safer experience.
The Bedtime Math app, launched in 2012, spurs family math talk by sending parents daily word problems prefaced by a paragraph of story – about everything from subway-riding dogs to galactic travel – illustrated with a photo or video.