How to Call/Text Parents WITHOUT Giving Them Your Phone Number

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Hi Everyone! It's Beth from Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher. I wanted my first post to be something fun and exciting but then I thought a practical tip would be much more useful during these difficult times - How to Call/Text Parents WITHOUT Giving Them Your Phone Number!

How to Call/Text Parents WITHOUT Giving Them Your Phone Number

Since I have been teaching from home, I needed a way to contact parents. I definitely do not want all of the families to have my personal phone number, so I researched different options. There is the old trick of *67 but that prohibits parents from contacting you back when they don't answer the phone. 


Here's What I Found Instead...

If you are a fan of Google, then this product is for you. It's called Google Voice, and it's FREE! Let me walk you through the steps of setting it up and using it. I used my computer to set it up but you can download the app and use your phone.
  1. Go to Google Voice.
  2. Click Continue to accept the terms of use.
  3. Find a phone number. I found that putting in an area code first makes it easier to find a number than using your zip code or area code.
  4. Select the number you would like to use.
  5. You will need to verify your personal number using a text code. Once you do this, you are set-up.
  6. Now you can make calls online.
How to Call/Text Parents WITHOUT Giving Them Your Phone Number

If you would like to use your own phone, add these steps (or just sign up straight from your phone).
  1. Download the Google Voice app.
  2. Log into your Google account. It will already have saved your phone number this way.
  3. Decide how you want to use your new phone number. For example, I have mine linked to my phone number so it will ring this way.
  4. Try it out!
Since I linked this to my phone, I now can choose when I dial which number to use. When someone calls me, they say their name and I can choose to answer them or they can leave a voicemail. Bonus...the voicemail transcribes itself so you have a record!

I hope this helps you with Distance Learning. If you would like more resources to help you during this time or just want more ways of becoming a less frazzled teacher, check out my blog or find me on Facebook or Instagram

Have a great day,
Beth

Distance Learning is a struggle. Teachers need to find new ways to communicate with parents and families. While emails remain important, the main source of communication is through phone calls or texts. This blog post shares how to gain the ability to call and text families without sacrificing your personal information (like your phone number). #conversationsfromtheclassroom #confessionsofafrazzledteacher

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