Skip to main content

Google Voice Simplifies Student/Parent Contact

 


I started using Google Voice in 2015 and it’s even more useful today in the teach-from-home era.  I know there are many apps out there like Remind or ClassDojo but I recommend Google Voice. It’s simple, free, and gives you a separate phone number to give to parents and students.

It’s simple for parents as it functions like a regular phone number; there are no join codes for parents/students to sign up.  Also, when students transfer in or out they don't have to be added to the class or deleted.  This saves time and frustration of constantly updating it if you work with a transient population.  

If you have Gmail (Google Email), a Google Voice number is free. Don't have Gmail? That's free, too. You can look for a number in your area code or you can get a random number.  You can search for available text strings as well. My number contains my last name.

I have it send me an email to my primary account when I get a new text message.  Google Voice can be run all from your computer or you can install an app for your cell phone but still use the new phone number. Calls made from the app show up on Caller ID as the Google Voice number, not your personal one.

I have found many benefits to Google Voice. It works wherever my cell phone works so I don't have to find a phone at school or bring my laptop to that phone. Second, parents have been more willing to pick up the phone when I call from this number instead of the school number that is usually a mass robocall. Students and parents are more willing to send a text expressing they need help with homework, checking grades, or want a conference, which has opened the line of communication.  

Just this week, Google Voice was a huge help.  Our computer platform went down for some people and I was one of the unfortunate ones so my students were waiting for class to begin.  The students started to text or call me, I was able to let them know what was going on and to spread the word to their classmates.  

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Pixel Art with Math Problems

    A pixel art activity provides instant feedback and some excitement.  My students enjoy doing these because they can see right away if they are doing the work correct and they also like to race to figure out the picture first.    Integer Operations Add/Subtract Pixel Art This is an online activity where students complete addition and subtraction of integers. The students will input their answer in the table and a color will appear if they are correct. When the students are finished they will have a picture.   Distribute Equations Pixel Art This in an online activity that has students solve equations with the distributive property. Several of the equations also require knowledge of combining like terms after distributing. Students solve the problem and type the answer in the table, if they are correct a color will appear. When the table is filled they will have a picture. One Step Equations Pixel Art This activity is done online in Google Sheets. The students solve each equatio

Baby Yoda Pixel Art Template

  This template is set for 3 sets of answers.  I have the answers that are currently set, you will need to reformat them to use with your content.   Baby Yoda Pixel Art Template Be on the lookout for this activity given 2 ordered pairs and asking for slope, y-intercept, and the equation of a line.  I'm also formatting this for converting between percents, decimals, and fractions.  If you want to reformat it before I post the above activities here is how. 

Among Us Template

  If you are looking to create an Among Us Pixel Art for you classroom but not sure how this template is set up for 10 questions.  You can add your questions to the questions cell and then update the formatting on the answer cells.  If you aren't sure how to update the formatting check out the video below. Among Us 10 Question Template