TidBits: Remind & Visuwords


TidBits is a new monthly column offering quick ideas and resources!

Remind (for text messaging)

Is there a disconnect between information you send home with students, and what parents are aware of? A recent NPR article reported that when teachers use text messaging to communicate with parents and guardians, student achievement improves dramatically, especially in high school.

Remind (formerly Remind101) is a free service that lets teachers send out group text messages to parents, without having to gather everyone’s cell phone number. But when a parent replies, it goes only to the teacher. Remind could be used for assignments, notices of field trips, and anything you want to let parents know about.


The English language is complex, and one word can mean a variety of things. Visuwords.com is a a fun and engaging website for exploring English vocabulary. Type in a word and see all its meanings assemble themselves!



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