Schools have been one of the most proactive bodies to embrace and effectively implement mass SMS services as part of their means of communicating with school children, alumni and staff. The UK education system has been a particular innovator in this field. They have embraced the mobile phone technology instead of trying to fight it.
It is clear that every student has a mobile phone. It is also clear that pretty much all students keep their mobile phones switched on throughout the day at school, despite being told otherwise. So, clever professors in the UK decided to implement this technology as a formal tool.
Fire drills, assembly, gatherings and general announcements are no longer simply printed in the school newspaper, but rather are disseminated in short burst (with referring web addresses) to parents, teachers and students.
But what has been the cost to the school?
Schools have found that for simple fee of 6.2 cents / minute with 160.com.au they can send out and reach over 1 000 school children (who subscribed to the program) and ALL of their parents instantly. All confirmed receipt of the message and confirmed having read it also. Impressive.
An account set up with 160.com.au allows you to easily customise your message, add and search contacts and send the SMS for extraordinarily cheap prices. Carnivals, emergencies, interviews and schedules are now easily conveyed to staff and parents for next to nothing.
Future of bulk SMS in schools
It is clear from the recent success in the United Kingdom, that this sort of technology will be invaluable to the success, respect and mutual cooperation within all spheres of education. But the best part of the story is that public and private schools alike can afford to take advantage of this technology. All that is needed is some bravery, a PC and 5 minutes of your time.