Twitter for Teachers

While working at Microsoft I had the opportunity to work on the Text My Class project in the education product group. Modeled after Twitter, this app was designed to help teachers to manage the ever-changing list of contacts in each class. After subscribing to a text message request students would receive short messages from their teacher about upcoming tests, study assignments and anything the teacher wanted to share. Student’s replies appeared in a threaded message view where teacher’s could manage the conversation from a computer or iPhone web browser.

Cool features:

  • Hosted on Microsoft’s cloud services Windows Azure
  • Integrated with SMS system Upside Wireless
  • iPhone web app
  • Live update feed built with jQuery AJAX (just like Twitter!)
  • Tested at Seattle-area public and private schools