I've had a classroom blog for years. But when my school told us that we had to send home a paper newsletter, meaning it couldn't be exclusively online, I felt that I would be doing double duty. Why would parents go online for information if it is handed to them on paper? I noticed that I would have 3-5 "regular" visitors and the rest of the parents stopped by so infrequently that I couldn't justify spending the extra time. But for some reason I just couldn't give it up.
Enter Remind 101 to the rescue.
Not only is Remind 101 great for general communication with my parents, but I found that it increased my classroom blog traffic.
If you're not familiar with Remind 101, here's a little promo video. It was super simple to set up and I have had only positive feedback from parents. They love the communication!
(I'm not explaining how to use Remind 101 in this post, but rather how I use it to get traffic on our class blog.)
I keep the app in my school folder on my phone:
When I'm ready to send a text and share about a blog post I click on my current class:
Here's an example of some of the texts I've sent with this app:
Here's how I use it to promote traffic on our class blog/site:
I always text the parents to say "Pics are posted on our blog" or "A new game has been posted"
or whatever the new post is about. I put a link in the text so the parents can quickly access the post. It takes 5 seconds to send the text. As a result about 90% of my students' parents regularly visit our class blog using this method! It has made the time I spend on our classroom blog worth every minute!