You will see on your dashboard if you have any new messages.
When you click on the mailbox tab you will be able to search for a student and compose a message to them. When you do this you will have the option to send just an email, just a text or both.
You can also look at previous messages/conversations with students. When you click on the student's name you will then have the option to “Archive conversation”. If you Archive the conversation it will disappear from your inbox, however, if the students messages you again your whole conversation will reappear.
When you compose a message (email) you also have the option to send the student a text alert. As always this text alert will cost 16c but is useful if you think the student might not check their email very often.
Students can reply to text messages and you will see their replies in your inbox.