Mobile devices are ubiquitous among students. The majority of them use a cell phone of some sort be it a smart phone or just a plain one. While solid scientific research on the potential use of the these tools in education is still lacking, more and more educational experts are talking about its use in the classroom.This is mainly due to the inevitability of these devices in our students lives. You can see how eager students become when the recess bell rings , the first thing they do when they are out is checking their mobile.
As educators and teachers we should wisely draw on the things students love and turn them into educational learning tools . For instance cell phones, since almost every student has got one then why not leverage the power of this device to the classroom. There are a bunch of tools to help you do this. Check out these Group Text Messaging Tools to start with and here is another list of another 4 awesome text messaging tools you can use with your students.
1- Remind 101
A safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents. It is a free and you can watch the video below to learn more :
This is a private communication network that works with any mobile phone or device . Members can join instantly with one text and exchange group messages, polls, reminders, and web alerts. Watch this video to see Celly in action in the classroom.
Study Boost is a great website for students . It allows them to collaboratively study using text messaging and instant messaging . It also enables them to keep their learning materials fresh even outside the classroom . Study Boost offers a new way for students to interactively learn on the go . Watch this video to learn more
SendHub is a group text messaging system that allows users to send texts to individuals and groups of any size. This is a great tool for teachers. They can use it to create a group of up to 50 people ( students and parents for instance ') and start sharing updates and important messages. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reach parents quickly.