Greetings, esteemed colleagues!
I wanted to share with you some information about a very cool FREE tool I use with my advisory, my grad class, a cohort I direct in a summer program, and the class I'll be teaching in semester 2.
It's called Remind101, and it allows you to have students "join" a class using their cell phones (or e-mail if they prefer), and you can send out broadcasts to the whole group from your cell phone or from the web. However, PRIVACY is insured in that the students never have YOUR cell number, and you never have theirs. The students also cannot text you back through this service. It's one-way and controlled by you.
Here are a few links and more information:
Remind101's Back to School Blog
Top Ten Ways to Use Remind 101
A PDF explaining what Remind101 is and how it works can be found HERE.