Increase Parent Communication and Participation with Bloomz
Someday I hope to be in my own Kindergarten classroom and the Bloomz app seems to be in perfect line with how I want to organize and communicate with parents.
I discovered Bloomz while researching for my Technology For Teachers class that I am currently enrolled in. Bloomz is a great app for communicating with parents and gaining participation because of the ease of communication.
Bloomz APP is available in App store for iOS and Android.
The purpose of this great app is to help teachers connect with parents with class updates, photos and video sharing. Teachers can use the app to schedule conferences, sign up volunteers, share class calendar or send reminders. There is also 2-way messaging with parents, a behavior tracker and teachers can build a portfolio of students work throughout the year. Pictures and information are easily shared on classroom Face book pages.
How to Use this APP
This APP is so easy to use and very handy for teachers . New users can try a demo class before ever inviting their students parents to the community. The Demo class is easy to use and helps teachers understand each feature of the APP. Teachers can post urgent messages, which are outlined in red with an indication of “alert”! Parents will also be sent an email with the alert.
Teachers can share class activities like art projects or STEM projects with pictures and videos. Sending out files like permission slips or volunteer forms are easy and fast. Parents can communicate amongst themselves about play dates between classmates or announce birthday parties. Teachers can share class photo albums and can easily upload to social media sites. Also features a class calendar, volunteer forms with a donation list and reminders. Parents can also sign up for pre-set parent teacher conference times. Behavior grids help notify parents of both good and challenging behavior.
My Experience with Bloomz
Although I do not have my own classroom to use this app with, I have played around with the demo class and it is actually really easy and fun to use. I am looking at how I can use this with my current 30 art classes but I may have to add 30 different passwords and logins. That may not be worth it to me where Artsonia pretty much takes care of that type of thing for me.
I did however, discover that each classroom can add specials classes like art, music and P.E. so that those teachers can track behavior and record video of activities. My favorite part of the APP is the ability to easily communicate with parents. The APP creates a community of parents that can get to know each other and use it to set up play dates instead of trying to find phone numbers of their children’s friends.
Here are a couple videos from teachers who have enjoyed the app in their class.
Top Dog Teaching also has a great post of information that I really enjoyed reading.
Class Dojo is another app that teachers love for classroom management.
Standards for Teachers
Standard 3 B Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills and work processes representative of and innovative professional in a global and digital society.
Collaborate with students, peers, parents and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation.
Bloomz allows teachers to easily collaborate with parents and community through easy communication, updates and notification.