My guess is that many of you have heard of Remind 101 (renamed Remind), a very helpful tool for teachers who want to use texting (or email for those without cell phones or unlimited plans) to contact their classes to tell them important information. Most teachers use it to warn learners about a school closure due to snow or remind them not to forget to bring something to class. To get a sense of how it works watch this video.
As with many technologies, the intended use is not always the ultimate use or at least not limited to it. (I’ll bet you know where I am going with this…) It is not exactly ideal that this uses only one way, “top-down”
communication, but I can see ESOL and ABE teachers using this easy-to-use technology to send small bites of information that might help accelerate learning outside the classroom.
- Messages can only be 140 characters in length but the key points or a brief summary of a lesson could provide some (albeit limited) help in the retention of material.
- Since the teacher can set when messages can be sent they could send a vocabulary word a day.
- And perhaps a question to ponder, received by students before class, might help with getting their minds wrapped around a concept or at least get them coming to class looking forward to what they will be learning.
Share any comments, your experience using this activity or any suggested variations you have (particularly using other technologies).