This semester I am again using the SMS text messaging service Textmarks to send periodic alerts and updates to students enrolled in my “Computers in the Classroom” section at UNT. The service has changed its terms and pricing a bit in past months, and this semester I’ve been on a free trial. Last spring I did opt to pay, but I think it was just $10 per month to remove ads from messages. At this point, unfortunately, a similar ad-free service is $20 per month.
I am opting to go with the ad-free Textmarks service, but based on my experiences last semester with their ads I would NOT recommend using this “lite” / ad-free version with K12 students. Most of the ads my students received following my messages last term after my allotment of SMS messages was exhausted were along the lines of “meet singles in your area.” 🙁
I love the concept and function of Textmarks for keeping students updated, but their pricing model seems a bit steep for widespread educational use… Certainly when individual teachers / instructors are footing the bill.
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