Thursday, September 15, 2011

Connect With Parents In A Snap @!

There's another great service fresh on the tech scene that can empower your communication with parents and students. In a snap, can help you send texts and emails to your students or parents keeping your number private unless you give it to them. has many similar features to GoogleVoice, 
but is different!

For one, you register in a snap, and use it to send short texts, and emails of 140 characters or less to notify or remind parents of tests, quizzes, HW deadlines, fieldtrips, school events, and any other quick information parents and students need to know.

With Google Voice, you have to register your contacts if you want to see who is calling you, but with, the onus is on the student and parent to subscribe to you. subscribers cannot respond to your texts or emails like they can with Google Voice. also allows you to create separate groups to send your text and/or email of 140 characters or less in different languages.

Here's how works:
1.) Register at as a teacher, administrator or parent who would like to refer your child's teacher, providing your role, email and school.
2.) Once you register, you will receive an email from to:
• confirm your email
• add the cell number you would like to register (Remember this always remains private!)
• choose your Class ID and
• accept terms of service
3.) After you submit this information, will send the cell phone you registered a text message that says: “Thanks for creating TrendingTeacher! Your texts to this number will be broadcast to followers. Followers text TrendingTeacher to this number to subscribe.”
(By the way, I chose the Class ID: TrendingTeacher and assigned a phone number to me which no subscriber can call or text, but subscribers will recognize the number as 917-477-3564 whenever I send them a text or email. )
4.) Give this number to subscribers, so they will recognize it and know when you are sending them texts or emails, and so that they can subscribe to your class ID. has a ready-made letter to send to parents
letting them know you will be using this service! Check it out on their webpage!

Click on this video screencast to listen to directions for registering parent/student subscribers and how teachers can send their texts/emails to parent/student subscribers. Be sure to click on the TV icon on the bottom right corner to enlarge the directions:

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• Parents and students can register to receive text, emails or both.
• You must use the cell number and email address you registered at to send texts and emails to subscribers.
• Parent/Student Subscribers never see your original number; they can’t respond to your message, or to each other.
• Parent/Student Subscribers can always unsubscribe by following the same directions above and adding the word STOP.

Now you can text/email parents from the comfort of your home if come across educational programming on TV that will enhance whatever students are learning in class. has many possibilities for enriching parent, student and teacher communication!

Make Teaching a Breeze By Connecting With Parents in a Snap! 

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