Amber Hodges

Amber Hodges

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 16:43

October 19, 2021 - Remind Class Settings

One of the most beneficial things you can do when getting acquainted with any new program is to become familiar with its settings and features.  Today we are going to dive into the different class setting options in Remind, and what they can do for you!

Class settings

Class settings differ from account settings in that they are specific to that class.  Settings can vary from class to class depending on your preferences.  To locate the settings, open the class and select the “Settings” tab across the top.   The first thing you’ll come across on the settings page is the option of renaming the class, changing the icon, etc.  This is also a place where you can locate the access code for the class.  The second section is where the bulk of the adjustments will probably be made.  Let’s look there a little more in-depth.

remind settings

Class visibility is on as a default setting.  That allows you to see the class in your class list on the main page.  The next option is a restriction for those joining your class.  If you want to approve those who join your class, simply click that button on--the default setting is off.  Participant messaging is the big kahuna in this section because it determines what enrollees are allowed to do as far as communication goes.  If you don’t want students to be able to message each other, you can restrict that access here.  As a side note, any time someone responds to a message you send to an entire class in Remind, only the teacher will see the response.  This doesn’t require any adjustments to be made in the settings.

remind archive

The bottom of the settings page has an archiving section.  Here you have the option to archive the class you are finished with using.  If you are looking to just get rid of the class, go ahead and click the “Archive Class” button. If you were interested in reusing the class code--maybe you personalized your code and you want to reuse it--you click on the “Reuse Class Code” option.  That will eliminate messages and participants in the class, and allow you to use that same code to add new participants.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 19:30

October 12, 2021 - Create a Class in Remind

Not only is Remind a great tool to use in the classroom, but it also works great for coaches and advisors! If you are over a group of students (teams, clubs, groups, etc.), here is how you can create a Remind group and enroll them for quick messaging possibilities.  Let’s do it. 


Creating a Class in Remind

To create a class, click on the “Add Class” button on the top left of the home screen, then select “Create Class.” When the pop-up appears, give it a name, make sure it’s part of your school domain, and select the button agreeing to only message people older than 13.  


add a class in remind

Populating Your New Class

When you create your own class in Remind, it won’t auto-populate like our classes do.  That means you will have to manually enroll people, and there are several ways to accomplish this.  To get started, open the new class in Remind, a blue button will appear on the top right corner that says “Add People” click there. Now, you have two options:


 You then have the option to add students, parents, or other teachers (assistant coaches/advisors) by hand.  This is time-consuming, but beneficial because you can ensure that everyone you want to be added to the class gets input.  You will need a name and an email address for each enrollee, which can be found in mystudent. Once you input all their information, you just click the “Add People” button on the bottom. 

add people manually


On the left-hand side of the screen, you will see a selection of options to help people self enroll in the class.  This option is much less time-consuming for you but doesn’t guarantee enrollment. The options include projecting the instructions for enrollment, which would be beneficial to do during a team meeting or parent meeting.  Another option would be emailing out the instructions to those you want to be enrolled.  The email will include a link for them to click on that will enroll them into the course.  The whole process is pretty slick.  You can also print a PDF to hand out or send home.  All the options are simple for enrollees to complete, so just determine which meets your needs best! 

email out instructions image

Once you have your class created and populated, you’re good to start messaging, sharing files, and keeping the line of communication open to your group.  Have fun!  

Tuesday, 05 October 2021 12:42

October 5, 2021 - Send a Message in Remind

Remind is such an effective way for educators to communicate information with parents and students.  One of my favorite features of this program is the ability to schedule messages.  This provides me with the ability to create a bank of specific messages I know I want to go out, and then select a day and time I want them to send. Scheduling messages will save time and energy, and I can’t think of a single person who doesn’t want that.  Are you ready to try it? Here’s how:


Creating the Message

To create a message, click on the “New Message” button on the left side of the home page.  When the pop-up appears, select which groups you’d like to receive the message you’re about to create.  Once you check the box, it will put the class in the box on the right to show who is receiving the message. Go ahead and click continue.  

remind message

On the message screen, type the message you’d like to send in the box at the bottom.  If you wanted the message to go out immediately, you would click the SEND button on the bottom right.  To schedule the messages, we take one additional step before hitting that button.  To schedule, click on the clock icon beneath the message box, then input the date and time you want your message to send.  The clock icon will turn blue and the “Send” button changes to “Schedule” when that is set.  Click that schedule button, and you’re done! 

remind scheduled message

Editing a Scheduled Message

What if I want to make changes to a message I scheduled to go out? Easy! Just open the class in Remind.  Toward the bottom of the screen, you will see a notification of scheduled messages right about the button to create a new announcement.  Click on the scheduled messages, and when the pop-up appears, click on the “Edit” button.  

remind edit message

Now, instead of sending out messages on Sunday night to remind my classes to bring their rotation stuff to class on Monday, I can create and schedule that announcement for the entire quarter in one sitting, and spend my Sunday nights watching sitcoms and eating popcorn with my family instead!

Grading in Canvas is simple, and a great way to simplify one aspect of our jobs as educators! This week I’d like to share some quick tips and tricks when it comes to utilizing speedgrader, especially when it comes to leaving feedback.  Let’s do it! 


Sorting Students

One way to speed up the grading process is to organize the order in which students appear in the speedgrader.  To do this, you’ll select the settings option in speedgrader, and open the options tab.  There, you can have speedgrader sort students by those who have submissions that need grading, no submissions, and already graded.  This makes flipping through submissions quick and easy! Once you have this set up, speedgrader will organize students this way from now on.  

Issuing Feedback 

For me, one of the hardest parts about soft closure last spring (and my school has had several this year as well!) was being able to give helpful feedback to students.  This took a lot of time and energy, and often there seemed to be miscommunication.  NOT ANYMORE! Speedgrader offers a myriad of options for issuing feedback, and I utilize all of them.  


Option 1: Attaching a file
This is helpful if a student needs to be reminded about specific instructions, rubrics, etc.  By clicking on the paperclip icon, you can attach any file.

Option 2: Video feedback

This is my most used feedback tool! This tool allows you to record audio and visual information to send to your students.  For example, a math teacher could demonstrate how to do a problem correctly! This tool allows me to explain what my students need to know or correct, but allows them to see my face! No more fear of the red pen.  This makes the feedback more friendly and eliminates possible misunderstandings. So many options here, and all you need is a webcam (our Chromebooks have those)!

Option 3: Voice Recording

By clicking on the speaker icon, you can record yourself explaining the feedback.  This works like the video recording, minus the visual component.  I find that speaking the feedback, rather than typing it out, is quicker and more efficient.  This would also be a great way to help give feedback to students who may struggle with reading comprehension!