Thanks to Cindy Trussell for suggesting this option for safe texting in the classroom:
ClassParrot is a website that allows teachers to send text messages back and forth with students, while keeping phone numbers private. Teachers sign up for the service for free and then add their class to the ClassParrot website which generates a unique code and phone number. Then you can share the code with students. Students send a text message to the phone number to sign up for notifications for that class.
Is it free? Kind of. The first 500 messages are free and then you get another 200 free messages each month thereafter. This could come in handy when email becomes unreliable. Just for kicks, ask how many of your students text.
Remember to attend Cindy’s session on Digital Detours this Friday: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/classes/facultyresources/etech-fair.cfm