Now that we’re finally approaching the end of 2020, we’re pausing to take a look back at how you and your communities stayed in touch during this exceptionally tough year—from coordinating sudden closures and adapting on the fly in the spring to recognizing the sobering impact of distance learning on student engagement and educator well-being alike.But we also wanted to wrap up the year on a more hopeful note: Despite the circumstances, communities around the country found a way to stay connected and keep learning. It isn’t always easy to reconcile day-to-day communication with the impact it makes. But this year, we thought it was especially important to at least try—so here are five numbers to show what 2020 looked like for you and almost 30 million other educators, students, and parents on Remind.
Essential communication outside the classroom:
13 BILLION MESSAGES were delivered on Remind.
Remote and hybrid learning depends on communication outside the classroom, and each of these messages went to an individual student, parent, or educator on Remind.
158 MILLION MESSAGES were delivered with video conferencing links.
This is a testament to the new role of video instruction this year—and all the communication, coordination, and technology that educators need to put into making it happen.
1.2 MILLION VOICE CALLS were made on Remind.
Sometimes, text messages or video conferences aren’t the best way to get in touch. Every call represents time that a teacher, administrator, or staff member put into calling parents and students directly.
School and district support for meaningful engagement:
MORE THAN 1,000 DISTRICTS have rolled out Remind to their organizations.
This year, we’re seeing districts of all sizes supporting two-way classroom communication instead of leaving it up to teachers to handle. While some district offices use Remind for central communication, others use it in conjunction with their mass messaging tools.
OVER 6 MILLION STUDENTS have access to mobile-first communication with their school communities.
This means that they and their families can choose how they prefer to communicate for learning—more important than ever when a login or reply is the difference between being engaged and being unreachable.We’re not sorry to see 2020 go, but we’re grateful to have been able to play a role in however you’ve supported your students this year—and we’d love to hear how you’ve been using Remind. Take care of yourselves and your communities, and we’ll see you in 2021.