ClassParrot is a free service that allows teachers to send text messages out to students and parents while keeping the teachers, parents, and students numbers completely private. The teacher creates accounts for each section of the class and gives a unique code to the students and parents in order for them to be able to be a part of that specific class to receive the messages pertaining to them. This could be very useful in my future classroom because just about all high school students have phones with texting and so do their parents. I could send out reminders of when homework, labs, or major assignments are due ahead of time so my students will remember to do the work. By sending the message to the parents, I would have another person outside of the classroom to remind the students to do the work. This could be a very beneficial technology.
To learn more about ClassParrot, go to http://classparrot.com/.