This year I am using Remind101 for texting parents and students of important class information and reminders. In the past I collected phone numbers, etc. from everyone to do this. However, using Remind 101 has streamlined the process and made it much easier.
After setting up an account in Remind101, I created separate "classes" for each class I taught and for the parents of students in those classes. With each class you get a subscription code that you can give out for people to subscribe to it. Once someone subscribes, Remind101 collects their name/info., which allows me see who subscribes. The teacher can also unsubscribe someone if necessary.
I put my Remind101 subscription codes in my syllabus and will also put them out at parent teacher conferences tonight to advertise this optional form of communication to parents!
This is a screen shot of what will be displayed on the Smartboard in my classroom as parents walk in for conferences! (I have scribbled out the exact codes for privacy reasons.)