Google Voice Stay in touch with parents without giving out your personal cell phone number!

Keeping in contact with parents is a necessity in the classroom, but most teachers do not want to give out their private number to parents or students who might contact them 24/7. So what's the solution?

GOOGLE VOICE!

Here's how it works:

Step 1: Create a Google Voice Phone Number.

Go to Google Voice to select a phone number.

If you want a number different from your personal phone number, select I want a new number.
Teacher Tip:

Search for phone numbers that contain certain words, or numbers, for easy sharing. For example, if your last name is "Jones" you could search for a phone number that contains "Jones" such as 1-555-55-JONES (1-555-555-6637).

Note: Numbers are subject to availability.

Step 2 - Link your Google Voice Phone Number to your Phone.

Enter your cell phone number (or any number where you would like to receive the calls) and any calls that your Google phone number receives will be forwarded to your personal phone!

Enter your phone number and select Home, Work, or Mobile.

Step 3 - Verify your Phone Number.

After you link your personal phone to your account, you will be given an automated verification code. Click on "Call Me Now" and Google's automated service will immediately call your phone. Then, you will be prompted to enter the verification code.

Afterwards, you will also have a chance to set up your voice mail and name greeting.

Step 4 - Share your New Number!

Settings Menu

Check your settings by clicking the cog in the top right hand side of your screen. Make sure that the box next to the phone you are receiving calls from is checked!

You are now ready to receive calls on your new Google phone number!

How Will It Work?

Parents call the provided Google phone number and the call is automatically forwarded to your cell phone. When the caller dials the number, he or she is asked to record a name before connecting with you.

When you answer the call, a recording is played that says, "You are receiving a call from ____________." You can choose to answer the call or send it straight to voicemail. The caller has NO IDEA whether you picked up the phone and parents will never see your private number!

Worried About Getting Calls 24/7?
Teacher Tip:

Customize your settings to only receive calls when it is convenient for you!

For Example: Adjust your settings to not accept calls on weekends or after 9pm on weeknights!

First, go to Settings.
Then, adjust your Ring Schedule.
Dial *67 before calling parents back so that they do not see your number on caller ID!

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Laura Sprinkle - Digital Learning Specialist
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