In terms of learning, Bloomz's biggest advantage is that it makes it easier for teachers to keep parents in the loop as to what students are doing, how they're performing, and how parents can be more involved. Teachers can use Bloomz to facilitate organization of activities such as conferences and volunteer programs. They can also use Bloomz to effectively communicate information between school and home, eliminating the need for newsletters, agendas, and the like.
Teachers can also have students check their own behavior in the behavior management and reporting feature. If a teacher adds consistently to the photo albums and behavioral management system, it could be simple for students to snag that information and place it in their portfolio.Continue reading Show less
Bloomz, like many two-way parent-teacher communication apps, provides teachers a simple way to effectively communicate with classroom parents. Parents can sign up to receive app, email, or text notifications (although you may have to do a bit of digging to find out how to sign up for texting). Teachers have access to a central website and can control a wide variety of factors, from how parents communicate (for example, with each other or only with the teacher) to what type of information goes out to families.
Among Bloomz's many features are helpful tools such as those to schedule parent-teacher conferences, request and organize volunteer help, or send out photo updates of student activities. Teachers can effectively eliminate the need to dig up contact information, make phone calls, and send emails to parents. A behavior management and reporting option awards students points for good behavior -- they can watch a flower grow on their page as the points grow. Students can also use the app or website to develop their own digital portfolio.
Bloomz provides a great deal of functionality and interactivity for maintaining a valuable, robust school-home connection. Parents and students can view a calendar, behavior, sign up for conferences or volunteer work, and view photos from both the website or an app. Students will enjoy seeing the petals bloom as they view behavior points blossom into a flower. This reward system may work for some, while others may need more.
Bloomz offers students the ability to develop and enhance their digital portfolio by reflecting on behavioral goals, class activities, and looking through shared photos. Outside sources like writing samples, artwork, projects, and more would have to help fill up the portfolio, but Bloomz offers a good starting place for building one.