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Did you get a weird call?

Date: January 13, 2011 Author: Mrs_A Categories: Technology 4

Immediately after I signed up for the edublog challenge I began to check out some other blogs that teachers have posted and came across the blog Digitally Create .   Many of the tools listed, I had tried or at least heard of at some point….but I was intrigued when I came across her post for Dialmycalls.com.

This excellent new tool allows you to set up a recording to send out to a group of people.  This service is free for a limited account (allows you 1 free group call to 25 people per week with a max. recordingtime of 30 seconds).  You could pay for a premium subscription, however…I don’t make a ton so I try to push the free resources as much as possible.

Anyway, I set up a recording to my parents asking them to contact me via email and leave their child’s name, current email, and best # & time to reach them….it was such an easy process & I could monitor the progress of whether the calls were successful, if they were delivered to a live person or voice mail, and even resend the call if I felt it were necessary.

2 parents have contacted me so far and i’m hoping for more in the next couple of days.

Give this website a spin and save some time while touching base with parents & guardians….the key to student success :-)

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4 Comments: "Did you get a weird call?"

  1. Published by: Michelle Wright Date: January 13, 2011

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    Great idea! My kids’ school district sends out automated calls for school closings and announcements and I think it’s great.

    BTW, I love your background and themes. I’m just getting the hang of all this.

    1. Published by: MissT Date: January 14, 2011

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      Thanks glad you enjoyed! Our district does the same for district-wide announcements, but I wish teachers could use it to give parents a heads up on upcoming projects, exams etc….not all of the parents use email and it can be very difficult & time consuming to get ahold of them by phone. The best thing about dialmycalls is that it will keep attempting to make the call until it has been delivered.
      Good Luck on your blogging endevours!

  2. Published by: Monica Date: July 6, 2012

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    Hello. I just came across your blog and read the post on dialmycalls.com. Did more parents contact you? Are you still it? How do you like it? I found an ipad app (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/remind101/id522826277?mt=8) called Remind101 that allow teachers to text students and/or parents. I’m thinking about trying it out this upcoming school year.

    1. Published by: MissT Date: August 27, 2012

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      I had received some more contact but not enough…many parents don’t return calls it seems. Thank you for suggesting Remind 101..I’m downloading it as we speak! Will let you know if I have success. Have a good start to the new school year!

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