With technological advances moving at the speed of light today, sometimes effective communication can get lost in the shuffle. One of the areas in which messages should not get confusing or left behind is between schools and parents. With a company called Remind, that problem can be fixed in an easy, effective way.
More than 27 million educators, students and parents use Remind every month. RewardExpert spoke with Remind’s Vice President of Marketing, Kylee Hall, about how using Remind just makes sense for everyone that sends and receives communications that matter.
Communicating the Right Way
Remind helps students and parents stay on top of what’s going on at school. Hall said, “With Remind, they can get the information they need, when the need it—no matter what tools or technology they have access to.”
It is communication platform that lets everyone in a school community connect directly through the devices they already use. Hall explained that teachers and administrators are able to send messages to any phone without sharing personal contact information, like cell phone numbers.
“Every message is documented in communication logs that they can download. Our privacy policies have also been certified by iKeepSafe, an independent organization that focuses on federal and state-specific laws around student data privacy.”
In addition, two-way messaging allows students and parents to respond via text, the app or online. “Instead of spending their time tracking down handouts and playing phone tag, teachers can reach the people they need to with Remind and focus on what really matters,” stated Hall.
Connecting Schools and Students
The company was founded in 2011 by brothers Brett and David Kopf. As a child, Brett was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia and struggled in school until he met a teacher who worked with others in his life to change his approach to learning.
Hall said that Remind’s goal is to connect every student with their own support network. “We’ve grown from fostering communication at the classroom level to supporting engagement across entire schools and districts.”
For only being around a relatively short time, the company has accomplished a lot. Hall pointed out some statistics.
- Over 50% of all teachers in the United States use Remind every month.
- Remind is actively used in more than 7 out of 10 U.S. public schools and 95% of U.S. public school districts.
Getting Started With Remind
Hall said that “Remind is built for education,” and explained the importance of making it simple to sign up. She said the fastest way to get started is by “texting a unique class code to the phone number 81010—that takes only a few seconds. Teachers can also add parents to a class if they have their contact information, and administrators with a Remind plan can import contacts directly from their school information systems.”
People can get Remind messages as texts, smartphone notifications and emails, and can also log in to their accounts on the mobile app or online at Remind.com.
Remind serves all types of schools in the U.S. and around the world, from pre K–12 to higher education. “It is also used to support a variety of organizations outside of school, including sports leagues, summer camps and after-school programs,” said Hall.
Bridging the Gap
Hall said oftentimes there could be a communication gap between school and home for a variety of reasons such as email and printouts, outdated contact information and technology that remains out of reach for many families.
“To make sure students get the support they need to thrive, Remind helps educators, students, and parents build the relationships that can support better learning.”
She also notes that the company is excited about bringing Remind to entire schools and districts with their new Remind plans. “These build on our communication platform to help administrators centralize, track and improve engagement across their communities. The plans support communication at every level in a school or district, and they bring Remind another step closer to our vision of giving every student an opportunity to succeed.”