A new and free resource called KiKutext is a mass text messaging service for teachers to communicate better with students and their parents. A few excellent features of this resource include the phone number given to the teacher so that they do not have to give out their own number, in addition to texting the entire class there is the ability to individually text students and/or their parents, the ability to add multiple classes and have everything archived online, and the ability to text via the Internet so that the teacher's phone is not charged for too many text messages! Furthermore, the service does not use shortcodes so it works with any phone service! Finally it has a wonderful feature called "status reports" where parents can get quick text message updates about their child (the teacher can choose from a pre-selected list or create their own). All correspondence is archived in the teacher's private account.
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