Feedback wanted: has anyone used texting services in classes?

A couple of weeks ago I read an article in the NY Times really resonated with me –  here’s the gist:

As a professor who favors pop quizzes, Cedrick May is used to grimaces from students caught unprepared. But a couple of years ago, in his class on early American literature at the University of Texas at Arlington, he said he noticed “horrible, pained looks” from the whole class when they saw the questions. He soon learned that the students did not know he had changed the reading assignment because they did not check their e-mail regularly, if at all.

I have the same problem – my students often didn’t get word that assignments were modified or there were changes to the schedule because I let them know via the email function in our e-learning platform. So I’m wondering, have any of you used Class Parrot, Class Pager, gText, or any other systems for sending group texts to students? I’m particularly interested in ClassPager, which maintains the privacy of both instructor and student numbers.

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