Remind: Safe Classroom Communication is an iPad and iPhone app designed specifically for teachers to communicate with their students, and parents if used for elementary school children. It is safe, secure, and private, and works just like a Twitter feed after setting up the account and approving specific members.
Remind: Safe Classroom Communication uses an interface much like twitter, with a subscribe system that requires direct add. The teacher creates a class, and then chooses if it is open or locked. You can add students, parents, and other teachers to the class board by email or number directly through your contacts, in class by sharing your unique @handle, or by sharing a link through an email list. If you choose to share in class, students can download and search for your unique @handle, text your @handle to a provided phone number, or email to the address provided to subscribe. It really is as simple as providing your students the info in class, having them subscribe, and watching their names pop up in the subscribers list.
What makes this so secure is that you cannot subscribe without the @handle or your teacher’s email. The app requires registering, however, this seems to be a really great idea.
Remind: Safe Classroom Communication does have limitations. For example, while you can provide a scheduled event, you cannot post the whole class calendar in an editable format. You could however post an image of the calendar, which means that you can snap photos of homework assignments to share with students and parents.
What I like is honestly that this is so simple. It can be difficult to keep up with a class blog, and sometimes Facebook is too open for children’s privacy. This app keeps the classroom information private within the app, and sends email reminders to parents, or if you are using it for older students in high school, college, or university, then to the student his or herself.
Photo attachments to share fun moments or class assignments
Scheduling of events at the top of the board for easy reminding
Cannot add scheduled events directly to calendar
Does not have an active calendar to add and change events, however you can post an image of the class calendar
The message board screen
Remind: Safe Classroom Communication is an iPad and iPhone app that allows teachers to keep in contact with their students in a safe and secure app. You must have the teacher’s @handle to subscribe, and the teacher must approve the request to the locked classroom prior to any students or parents being able to view the board. I think this is a great idea, as I had previously been using a Twitter account, but could not share field trips for safety reasons. I would recommend teachers try this out and see how it works for them. It is less work than a class blog, but still more work than a monthly newsletter.