App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly.
Summary: Teachers' text reminders give students -- and parents -- a reason to check their phones
Pros: Meeting students and families where they (often) already are -- on their phones and online -- can help make education a priority.
Cons: Without mindful use it could be more enabling than empowering; students in varying parts of the digital divide may have different access.
Bottom Line: Well-designed, widespread messaging tool can keep students and families connected with their schools -- provided they have access.
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