Looking for new ways to stay in touch with parents and students this year using voicemail and text messaging? I certainly am as I teach several courses for adults and 5th graders at my church on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings this year, and as I lead our youth deacons in our “Stories of Faith” podcasting project. Two free website services I’ve discovered recently and am planning to use this semester are:

TextMarks: Create text-alert groups using cell phone numbers, permit others to subscribe to alerts, facilitate one-to-many and many-to-many text discussions. I’m using this with our youth deacons group, along with a private Facebook group.

Phonevite: Create voicemail reminders for groups, schedule delayed voicemail updates if desired, record Phonevite messages from your mobile phone anywhere, anytime. I’m planning to use this with our 5th grade parents to send out updates and stay in touch.

Both of these tools provide great opportunities to send out reminders and updates. And they are both free!

Thanks to Michael Richards for sharing Phonevite on Bit by Bit Show 34 from 28 August 2008, and Jym Brittain for sharing Textmarks in a comment to a blog post here last month.

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4 Responses to Free Mobile Alerts: One-to-many text messaging and voicemail

  1. jdixon says:

    you might want to check out liz kolb’s site about using the cellphone in the classroom if you haven’t already seen it.


    my favorites lately are chacha and gabcast.

  2. Wesley Fryer says:

    You are right, Liz’s site is great! I have it included on my Cell Phones for Learning workshop curriculum. I have heard about ChaCha but haven’t tried it yet. Gabcast is one of my favorites as well!

  3. jdixon says:

    everyone i have shown chacha to is amazed. i had a teacher text me the other day that he was addicted to it.

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