Finally there is a new way to communicate with students and parents without giving up your privacy. Remind 101 is a free app that sends text or email reminders out to parents and students. Once you create your teacher account you will be prompted to create a group. Remind 101 will create a special group code and phone number, you give students and parents the code to text or email and they are immediately signed up. This app allows you to write a text message from your phone or the web (up to 140 characters) to the group of your choice. Parents and students cannot reply to the message, this is just for reminding purposes. As an alternative you can give parents and students your email address in the message if they have further questions. I have sought out some of my friends who have kids in middle school and they said that this would be a life saver because they may not always check their email on time.