Text Messaging Tools

There are many free tools available that can be leveraged when implementing text messaging in teaching. The intended purpose, frequency, and substance of messages are among the factors to be considered when selecting a text messaging tool. The following is a listing of free texting tools. If you find another free tool, please leave a comment with the tool title, description, and link.

  • Broadtexter
    Mobile clubs and marketing.
  • Celly
    Platform of tools that enhances school communication: Create cells, instant mobile networks that connect your school Members can join a cell by texting or logging in to the web.
  • ClassPager
    Text your classroom. Broadcast updates to parents and students. Engage any student on any device — during or after school. Ask and answer questions, individually or with groups of students. Incorporate modern technology in your teaching safely and easily.
  • ClassParrot
    Safe and simple tool that lets teachers reach students the way their friends do.
  • Follow My Teacher
    SMS service geared specifically for K-12 schools and teachers
  • Google SMS Applications
    Use Google applications via SMS text message.
  • Google Voice
    Using a Google Account, you can setup a Google Voice phone number that you can set to auto ring an office and/or mobile phone number. Send and receive text messages at your Google Voice phone number using either the smart phone app or web interface.
  • gText
    Free group texting – A network of group communication.
  • Let’s Talk by CloudTalk
    Social messaging service that goes beyond texting and voicemail: FREE personal text and voice messaging, 1-to-1 and group conversations, public and private conversations, for Web, iPhone and Android.
  • Poll Everywhere
    Creates stylish real-time experiences at events using mobile devices. Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It’s the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere.
  • Remind101
    Safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents.
  • SMS Mac
    Use your Mac to enter SMS text and send the SMS through the Internet.
  • TextMarks
    SMS service for educators and educational institutions.

If you find another free tool, please leave a comment with the tool title, description, and link.