- asking questions
- using and applying technology
ProsLots of functionality and options make Bloomz simple and effective.
ConsNo student use, and parent social network could be frustrating for teachers to manage.
Bottom LineProvided all parents have access, Bloomz can be a great way to get them involved, but look elsewhere if you want students involved as well.
Common Sense Reviewer
Parents will appreciate being kept in the loop, and teachers can get them more engaged through volunteer sign-ups, conference management, and messaging.
Parent and teacher communication is key to student success, and Bloomz provides an effective way to maintain that link. Students can't participate, however.
Helpful and easy to navigate with a FAQ, getting-started PDFs, and a question database for any issues that might arise.
In terms of learning, Bloomz's biggest advantage 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, although they should be careful to note who in their classroom does and does not have access to the app. They can also use Bloomz to effectively communicate information between school and home, eliminating the need for newsletters, agendas, and the like.Read More Read 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.Read More Read Less
While Bloomz provides a great deal of functionality and interactivity for maintaining a valuable, robust school-home connection, there are two issues teachers should be aware of and that affect the learning experience. One, not all parents may have access to the app and would need to rely on limited SMS or email notifications. These parents will be able to text with their child's teacher and get text/email updates, but they won't have the fully realized and visualized app experience. This could exclude some parents and create a tiered system. For instance, if some parents coordinate playdates using the app's social-network features, those parents only on SMS/email will be left in the dark. This isn't necessarily a deal breaker but definitely something teachers should be aware of and plan for.
The other issue is that Bloomz is, by design, focused on improving communication between parents and teachers exclusively; it doesn't support students. Teachers who want an all-in-one communication and calendaring tool will need to look elsewhere or maintain a separate tool for students.Read More Read Less