Common Sense Review
Updated April 2016


Full-featured parent-teacher communication platform
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • Bloomz offers many functions in one convenient app.
  • Schedule events and share your calendar.
  • Request volunteers and see when spaces are full.
  • Send messages to parents in your class.
Lots of functionality and options make Bloomz simple and effective.
No student use, and parent social network could be frustrating for teachers to manage.
Bottom Line
Provided all parents have access, Bloomz can be a great way to get them involved, but look elsewhere if you want students involved as well.
Caryn Swark
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Parents will appreciate being kept in the loop, and teachers can get them more engaged through volunteer sign-ups, conference management, and messaging.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Parent and teacher communication is key to student success, and Bloomz provides an effective way to maintain that link. Students can't participate, however.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

Helpful and easy to navigate with a FAQ, getting-started PDFs, and a question database for any issues that might arise.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

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.

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What's It Like?

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.

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Is It Good For Learning?

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.

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