We've missed lots of school because of the blizzard, which means that I've had to make changes to my schedule. How do I inform my students of these changes? It's easy if you use these tools.
My official class schedule is on Google Calendar.
When I need to make changes to our schedule I just make them in Google Calendar, and the changes appear for my students when they check the Assignment Calendar on Blackboard.
To inform my students about these changes I use these three tools:
1st: I post an Announcement in Blackboard that I have updated the Assignment Calendar. Blackboard then gives me the option to email that Announcement immediately to my students.
Remind to send a text message alert about the changes. I really like Remind because I can send the text immediately, or schedule it for a later time. (This is especially good if I'm working at odd hours; I don't want their phone to beep or buzz too early or too late with a text from their teacher!)
3rd: I update the changes on the WhatsDue app. WhatsDue creates a class calendar for my students that resides on the app on their devices. Any change I make automatically generates a text alert to my students. I like WhatsDue because students can use it to send themselves text reminders of upcoming due dates and deadlines.