By the time I sat with Brett Kopf, Co-founder at remind101, for an EDUKWEST interview I already knew that text messaging between teachers and students/parents in an educational scenario had become increasingly popular and that a few startups were working around more or less the same idea: providing teachers with a low tech yet ubiquitous and easy way to keep in touch with their class outside of school.
This might happen in the way of reminding them once again on an upcoming test or what they should prepare for the next lesson.
At the beginning, Brett and I talk about remind101 as part of the first class of Imagine K12 incubator and what influence this summer program had on the business idea and their startup in general.
Considering that for us in the tech or edtech bubble, we think of smartphones or tablets and always concentrate on the next exiting new technology to use in an educational context, we may sometimes forget what the masses still see as the state of technology and what they use on a daily basis.
When we look at education from that angle we can understand better why text messaging might be an interesting way for teachers to engage further with students and also parents.
Working with student information is always a data sensitive subject, so it’s an important feature that all data on remind101 is anonymized meaning that there is full security at both ends.
remind101 is currently open and free to use to all educators in the United States and Canada.
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