Free SMS alerts to students

Why might you want to send SMS text messages to students? The LSN funded MOLeNET project has identified various reasons including:

  • send regular prompt revision questions before a test or assessment
  • for pastoral support – term dates, assignment due dates, change of rooms…
  • interactive SMS quizzes with SMS feedback
  • reflective blog entry sending SMS to web-based blog
  • produce SMS summary of a discussion
  • share thoughts or opinions with peer group
  • promotional tool for new students
  • provide regular induction advice for new students

Setting up a bulk SMS system can be costly and take a lot of time. Over on the RSC Scotland North & East Higher Education blog, MASHe, we show you how to setup a free bulk SMS broadcast system using twitter and a 3rd party application, twe2.