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    SWGfL and free texting for parents

    Went to a Dorset ICTiS conference yesterday and the woman from BECTA mentioned how good texting parents was in terms of increasing parental engagement- she then said something like: "you should all take advantage of your free texting"
    Now it might be Dorset LA IT but we got the impression she was talking about SWGfL
    Can't find anything anwhere- does anyone know about it?

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    We've not heard anything here.

    Although it wouldn't the first time they did something and then didn't tell anyone about it.

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    hi witch

    t'only thing I can find is:

    South West Grid for Learning Trust - Ja.net txt

    An optional service from SWGFL. Which, although it mentions that the basic 'one way' service is FREE to set up, this is NOT a free service. I think maybe the woman from BECTA has misunderstood thangs!


    UPDATE:
    ...hold the phone! On further investigation, it does mention on the SWGFL flyer (http://www.swgfl.org.uk/getattachmen...txt_guide.aspx) that the basic service is FREE! Just trying to find out what exactly the basic service includes....
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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Went to a Dorset ICTiS conference yesterday and the woman from BECTA mentioned how good texting parents was in terms of increasing parental engagement- she then said something like: "you should all take advantage of your free texting"
    Now it might be Dorset LA IT but we got the impression she was talking about SWGfL
    Can't find anything anwhere- does anyone know about it?
    Me Too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garoc View Post
    hi witch

    t'only thing I can find is:

    South West Grid for Learning Trust - Ja.net txt

    An optional service from SWGFL. Which, although it mentions that the basic 'one way' service is FREE to set up, this is NOT a free service. I think maybe the woman from BECTA has misunderstood thangs!


    UPDATE:
    ...hold the phone! On further investigation, it does mention on the SWGFL flyer (http://www.swgfl.org.uk/getattachmen...txt_guide.aspx) that the basic service is FREE! Just rtying to find out what exactly the basic service includes....
    Yup...seems the 'Basic' service is indeed FREE to setup and 'Rent', but you must purchase message bundles (which must be used in 12 mnths), which work out at a flat rate of 4.2p per messege sent...

    Hope this helps....ciao 4 now :0)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT_GUY View Post
    Me Too.
    Wish I'd known, we could have met up.
    What did you think of it? I thought it was very poor compared with last year and it really shows Dorset's involvement with RM

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Wish I'd known, we could have met up.
    What did you think of it? I thought it was very poor compared with last year and it really shows Dorset's involvement with RM
    Pretty much my opinion,

    As for the Merlin guy! Never has my Avatar been so apt.

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    Yep......

    SWGfL provide a no subscription texting service for schools - one way texting (anouncements) and 2 way is £10.00 per month. Texts are 4p each - there is no expiry time. see gotoourplace.com/secondary (service is available to any school.) see the Ja.net Text panel and links. To set up an account just complete the form and e-mail / text..

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