Schools can improve communication with parents using TEXT messaging

Now TEXT messaging is becoming mainstream among adults too. If you have seen the Verizon commercial where parents are busy TEXTing and updating Twitter and Facebook, you will realize that TEXT messaging is not just for the youngsters anymore. I think this is a right time for communities like schools to start taking advantage of this phenomenon.

It is time for schools to reduce the paper work of communication and Go Green. Some schools are adapting to e-mail communication but frankly I would rather get early dismissal alert from my kids’ school on my cell phone than in the e-mail box where I get around 150-200 e-mails everyday. The point I am trying to make here is that even if schools are trying to go on e-mail communication, TEXTing has its own place in school-parents communication and properly designed system can use both the mediums properly to make sure that there is no communication gap between parents and schools.

Most parents have a cell phone and would not mind to receive important announcements from the schools via TEXT / SMS. It is convenient for parents and it would reduce expenses for schools such as phone bills, photocopying, printing and mailing. It would also reduce staff workload by freeing up time that would otherwise be spent on preparing communications by school administrators or teachers. Weather alerts, 11th hour changes like cancellations, change of venue are some of the good candidates. Even parents can send a TEXT about their child’s absentee.

TEXTing is becoming ubiquitous among adults as well. Why not use this medium for more than just changing your Facebook status to “I am sitting on the sofa”?

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4 Responses to “Schools can improve communication with parents using TEXT messaging”

  1. Carl Says:

    Very good article HB on a subject that has been receiving increasing coverage recently, but once again done a little bit better by you.

    It’s funny because I recently came across a book called ‘is: The Phenomenon of the Facebook Status’ that gives an insight into life in the 21st century via Facebook Statuses and has been receiving fantastic reviews.
    It has a website with a Facebook Status Generator that has been getting a huge amount of hits.

    http://www.theisbook.com/status-generator

    Keep up the good work mate, looking forward to reading more of your stuff

    • hummingbytes Says:

      Hi Carl,

      Thanks for the feedback. We looked at the URL provided by you and had a good chuckle. Thanks.
      Also thanks for being tuned with the blog. Readers like you will make it big!!
      Any suggestions related to these topics are more than welcome. We are always looking for new ideas to write and also to bring to the customers through our products.

      Thanks..
      Hummingbytes Inc.
      http://www.hummingbytes.com

  2. Peter Fry Says:

    In Ireland, all schools communicate with parents through texting. 450 characters can now be delivered instantly onto thousands of mobiles. The combination of this and mobile websites will be the future of advertising globally. Less than 70% of homes have PCs in every country in the World. Nearly everybody has a cellphone

    • hummingbytes Says:

      Hi Peter,
      Thanks for sharing the URL. Unfortunately it still has not caught up in the US. Are you a part of iwordsales.com? Are you guys based in Ireland? There maybe something we can work together. Please let me know if you are interested in discussing. We can send you an e-mail to your e-mail given by you.

      Thanks..

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