Although texting might be a big no-no when in the classroom, it is a crucial communication tool in the education industry. From communication between staff and students, to communication with parents, SMS is a trusted, reliable, and cost-effective solution that is hard to beat.
Let’s look at how SMS is being used in the educational industry:
Reminders and Notifications
Schools, colleges, and universities around the globe are sending out SMS reminders and notifications to their teachers, learners, parents, ground staff and more. These institutions are using SMS to communicate things like upcoming sports days or training schedules, parent teacher conference time slots, learner exam reminders, staff schedules (especially in time a time of COVID), and even reminders to students about what to bring on the next camping trip.
Exams and Test Results
Sending an SMS is one of the quickest and most reliable ways to send exam results to students. In many cases in South Africa, the Matric results are first released via SMS because of its efficiency and availability on all mobile phones, making it the perfect solution for students to get their results as soon as possible.
SMSes facilitate two-way communication between parents and staff in cases where confidentiality is essential. For example, parents can be notified by teachers about their child’s behaviour or lack of class attendance.
Event co-ordination is no simple task. Using SMS messaging for the organisation of event staff means that everyone knows what is expected when. From timetables to scheduled reminders, event coordination is made easy with SMS.
The communication needs within the education industry are diverse. From internal communication, to external communication with students and parents, the platform used to facilitate these interactions needs to be accessible, reliable and familiar to all parties involved, which is why SMS is the perfect tool.