Home Room Mobile Provides Secure Text Messaging for Schools -- Service Allows Teachers to Send Reminders, Key Facts and Quizzes to Students

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Studies show that the majority of American teens send at least 50 text messages a day on their cell phones. Home Room Mobile (http://www.homeroommobile.com), a student text messaging service, allows teachers to communicate with students in their world, using the devices that they are most comfortable with. Home Room Mobile allows teachers to securely text students with reminders for assignments, key facts from lessons and quizzes that test for comprehension. No cell phone numbers are exposed to teachers or students. All messages are retained indefinitely and are available for review by school administration.

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Home Room Mobile (http://www.homeroommobile.com) allows teachers to securely text a reminder, a key fact, or a quiz to an entire class of students with a few key strokes and the click of a button. The entire process takes only a few minutes per day.

Typical Reminders texted to students might include: “Research paper is due Wednesday”, “Remember your current event tomorrow”, etc. In order to re-enforce a Key Fact from a particular lesson, the teacher may text students a message such as: “John Adams was the second US president”, “Density stays the same, even if the volume changes”, and so on.

To ensure that the students are grasping key concepts, teachers can text Quizzes to the students. An example of a quiz might be: “Which form of matter has the highest density?, 1 – Liquid, 2 – Solid, 3 – Gas “. The student replies with an answer. The student is then is notified by text message if their selection was correct or not. If the student’s selection was incorrect, the student is given the correct answer to the question. Student responses are saved and displayed in a variety of detailed reports. Reports can be used to award extra credit to the students or simply to evaluate how well the students grasped a key concept.
Students sign up online and select their classes. In order to maintain privacy and confidentiality, the student never sees the teacher’s cell phone number and the teacher never sees the student’s cell phone number. In addition, all messages are stored in the Home Room Mobile database and are available for review by school administration.
In order to insure equal access to students that do not have cell phones, the messages and quizzes are available via the student’s account at http://www.homeroommobile.com. This allows the messages and quizzes to be available on any computer with Internet access.


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