The app that I have chosen to review is called Remind. It has many uses for teachers in the classroom as teachers can use this app to remind students and parents of upcoming events in the classroom including, assignments, field trips, assignments, and assemblies. Essentially this app works by a teacher sending out a mass message to “remind” parents and students of important information. However you can also send direct messages to people inside the app privately. This is a great feature so then if there are any discrepancies it can be recognized right away. Some of the benefits of this app are that it allows you to translate to 70 different languages. With the increase of the english second language students, and parents it will make it much easier to communicate with students and parents who speak a different languages. Another great feature of the app is that it does not involve your phone number. This is great for teachers as it eliminates the opportunity of a student or a parent to abuse your phone number and avoids any parents or student predicaments that may arise from having your personal phone number.
The only disadvantages that I can see is that you are only able to use this app for free with one classroom, which may become expensive if you are in high school (however I still think it would be well worth the investment) and that the maximum limit in a message is 140 characters so all of your information has to be short and sweet.
I would rate this app 5/5 and I know that this a great addition that I will incorporate with my students, ensuring that we are on the same page. I would highly recommend every other teacher to add it to their repertoire.