Apply yourself with Remind

App gives teachers and students a new level of communication


Thor Hauerbach

An announcement sent out from Humanities teacher Christopher Davis.

Junior Anna Parsamyan is one of 140 humanities students the Davises had last year. Of those 140, approximately 70 percent of those students had signed up for Remind, a texting app teachers utilize to message students.

“When I had too much work going on in other classes, their class was the only one where I knew what we were doing and when the due dates were, which was very comforting,” Parsamyan said.

Aside from letting students know when due dates are, Remind can be used to eliminate common excuses. “It also doesn’t give students the excuse of ‘I didn’t know it was due’ anymore,” Parsamyan said. “I see [Remind] as something eventually being used by all teachers.”

Starting this year, Assistant Principal Dr. Brian Landisi started using Remind, an app to notify Clark students in the event of a schedule change or emergency. “I first used Remind at Glendale High School,” Landisi said. “To send a text, it takes seconds, and it’s great for reminders. Currently, we have about 40 percent of the school signed up, but I’d like everyone to sign up”

Remind can also be used to inform students when an important assignment is due. Teachers can use the app to tell students when it’s time to return to class when they are out on campus taking pictures for photography class, for example.

Last year, design and photography teacher Eric Kursinski let his students go out to class to shoot pictures, and when it was time to return to class, all he had to do was open up the app and send a simple text message which was instantly delivered to his students. “I also used Remind to notify the CSF tutors if I needed a student to help in a certain subject,” Kursinski said. “Aside from teachers using Remind, I could see clubs using it to notify its members about upcoming meetings and events.”

As for other uses, coaches can use Remind to encourage and motivate athletes, teachers can reach out to parents to update them on their child’s progress, and teachers can be there to help a student in need in a matter of seconds. Kursinski said that Remind has great potential for education. “I think if the stigma behind cellphones wasn’t so negative, apps like Remind could grow into something bigger,” Kursinski said.