Over 52% of UK Colleges & Universities send critical messages with ConnectTxt.
ConnectTxt online applications allow you to send and receive SMS text messages securely from your desktop to a large group or single mobile phone instantly, in a way that is proven to save time and money.
- quick, discreet, to the point, to the person and inexpensive
- instantly send a message to a group or individual from your computer
- schedule a message to go later in the day, week, month or year
- track the delivery of the message to the handset
Students at Holy Cross Sixth Form College in Bury received their AS and A2 exam module results via text message last week.
"Students at Holy Cross Sixth Form College in Bury received their AS and A2 exam module results via text message last week. About 600 students opted to receive their results via their mobile phones earlier in the day than those who preferred to receive their results on paper. This was very successful and allowed the college to greatly reduce the queues associated with collecting exam results. Students were very pleased to be given the opportunity to receive their results this way.
Holy Cross College, a Beacon College and in the top 10 nationally for exam results, now uses text messages to student mobile phones regularly every day as an important means of communication. Almost all students carry mobile phones and therefore this is a very effective way of passing important information to them. In January when the college had to close because of the snow, the students and staff were sent texts each day to let them know whether the college was going to open or not, in addition to messages on the website and local radio. Around 8000 texts were sent during the 4 days that the college was closed.
The texting facilities are integrated into the highly-regarded IT systems created by the college's Software Development Team and make use of the texting services provided by ConnectTxt (www.bbconnecttxt.com). Staff can type messages in to the systems for a single student or groups of students and opt for those messages to be sent via text, email and/or displayed on wall-mounted terminals which display messages when the students swipe in and out of the college. By making use of the ConnectTxt's XML connector the college's programmers have been able to seamlessly integrate the texting service into their existing software so that staff don't need to log into the ConnectTxt site to send texts."
Nick Walker, IT Manager, Holy Cross College