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Best Remind Tips and Tricks for Teachers

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The best Remind tips and tricks can help turn a communications platform into a powerful tool that will enhance the learning experience of students in and out of class.

From working remotely with students to better organizing trips and tests, Remind is a great way to get messages directly to students and parents. But with onboard smart features it can do more.

What do we mean by smart features? The ability to share images and have replies in quick sticker-style tick or cross format is just one such way to enhance communications.

Read on to find out more for ways you can enhance your teaching with students by using Remind to its fullest.

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1. Take a quiz using Remind

It's easy to share a link, video, or image using Remind, so it's possible to send a question related to a class topic. Then, using the above mentioned stamps, get a quick reply with a tick, cross, question mark, or star. 

This allows you to get a quick cross-section of the class to see how well students are taking in what is being taught. It could also be a nice way to drum up excitement about a subject before taking a school trip, for example.

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2. Set up a student-led group

You can set up a group in which all the participants can reply, which makes for an open platform in which students can talk to one another. In this case, it can be nice to make a student, or multiple students, administrators, to allow for leadership development within a group. It can also be a nice way for a student to present in a group without the pressure of being in a real-world scenario.

A group can also be a great place for students to share resources and ideas about a subject when you give them the freedom to take control of that space. You never know, it might grow into something new that you hadn't even conceived of.

3. Share weekly updates

Remind can provide a good forum for updates about what's being learned in class,  right there on a student's smartphone. This places the information in an area they pay attention to and can be a great way to reinforce what's learned in class.

In addition to providing students with a collection of regular updates, which they can refer back to, it can also be to keep the parents or guardians in the loop so they're aware of their child's progress and can actively help talk about the learning.

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4. Use Remind with athletics and other extracurricular activities

Remind can be a simple alert tool, which means closing off messages so they're sent with no replies possible. This is a great way for the athletics department to share important information or for school clubs to promote their events.

For example, sports teams can post results and stats from a contest to help drive schoolwide interest in a team or even encourage others to participate in physical activity as well.

5. Send messages of encouragement

Remind can be used as a way to praise students beyond the classroom. Send messages of encouragement and affirmations to students for their hard work.

This could be on a student-to-student basis or as a group with messages that can help bind and uplift them. Help a child feel better about a poor result after they clearly tried, or confirm when they have done really well with their latest quiz or assignment submission.

6. Organize meetings in real time

Remind is a great way to send out invites for virtual video meetings in real-time. Since Remind integrates with both Google Meet and Zoom, it's really easy to schedule a meeting.

Students will be sent the alert along with a link. As long as you specify the time and a subject, everyone can be there prepared and ready to take on whatever live learning you have in store for them.