Well I successfully began my 15th year of teaching and have a great group of kids! I have already gotten a few requests from parents to text them if I need to contact them. While I believe that parent and teacher communication is very important, I am not very keen on giving out my personal phone number to parents. In addition it happens to be against school policy to use personal cell phones for school use. So I have been looking into a few options on the internet. I came across www.text4free.net, but it appears to only provide sending a text. There was no way get a response. Then I came across Google Voice. This feature of Google is very cool! With Google Voice I can send a message through my computer to a cell phone. It gave me a new phone number and even set up voice mail for me. I tested it out and it was very easy to use. I think using Google Voice will satisfy the parents that want to be notified by text, and I don't have to give out any personal info.