For the third year in a row, we're celebrating 81010 Day to honor the number that makes it possible to join a Remind class in 30 seconds flat.
It's an opportunity to recognize how texting helps make meaningful communication possible. It's a day for celebrating the impact you've made in classrooms and schools with simple text messages. And it's a chance to reflect on why texting is such an important part of Remind.
81010 fact: 95% of all Americans own a cell phone of some kind, including over 99% of adults ages 18-49. (Source)
When Brett and David first came up with the idea for Remind, way back in 2011, they had two simple requirements: It had to be easy for teachers to use, and it had to actually work. They'd talked to too many educators who printed handouts that never made it home, sent emails that never got responses, or made phone calls that never got picked up.
Families didn't always have computers or internet access at home. Some of them didn't have smartphones, either. But almost every student and parent had a cell phone they could use to send and receive text messages. And pretty soon, communicating with their teachers was as simple as texting a class code to 81010.Since then, Remind's expanded to email and our mobile apps—but we'll always make sure you can reach every student, everywhere, across every device.
81010 fact: A recent study showed that sending text messages to parents can help improve failure rates, attendance rates, and GPAs.
We'd love to hear about how you've shared 81010 with your students or parents—and so would other educators getting ready to go back to school. Just share your story on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #81010day. P.S. And if you're getting ready for the new school year, here's an 81010 poster you can print and customize with your class code! 🎉