The first tool I tried for this activity was Remind Chat. I have a Library Teen Advisory Group in Remind that I often wished could reply to me so I was super excited to see that they could now respond. As I played with the new features there were some that stood out to me as being exceptional as described:
- You have the ability to add notes about each person that only you can see.
- You have the ability to pause a chat at any time.
- You can choose the times that you can receive chats from students.
For this assignment I tried it with my co-librarian who is a member of the chat group. Overall I really like it and I will try it with a small group of students but there were a few things to note.
- Each student that replies back to you is assigned a different phone number I imagine that could get confusing if the chats get long but isn’t something that would stop me from using the product.
- I received a chat after my office hours. The person responding to my chat got a warning that read “it is quite late, are you sure you wish to send this message.” but was still allowed to send it to me.
- Pausing the chat worked by just sending @pause and it was just as easy to resume the chat.
Quizlet and Socrative from the article Free Digital Formative Assessment Tools… Important Thoughts Before Implementing are both tools that appear very useful but in my current role I don’t see how I would use them. For now I will keep them in my digital toolbox and wait for an opportunity to use them.