Full-featured school-to-home communication platform delivers with style

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Price: Free
Platforms: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Web

Pros: Communicate and interact in a multitude of ways, including voice, text, and email.

Cons: Feature set could be overwhelming. Teachers with free accounts run up against paid features.

Bottom Line: This multifunctional platform connects families, teachers, and students with a ton of features.

On the student-facing side, Bloomz can help teachers manage assignments, communication, student health, and social and emotional learning. Options for posting assignments, activities, and reminders include options to share files, photos, videos, and text. Have older students check their own behavior in the behavior management and reporting feature to encourage self-regulation. Add consistently to the photo albums and the behavioral management system so that students can snag that information and place it in their portfolio.

On the home-facing side, Bloomz is a great choice for facilitating organization of activities such as conferences or volunteer programs, as well as for giving families a glimpse into everyday classroom happenings. Use the options to communicate, whether through posts, photos, videos, or individual or group messaging. The reminder feature is especially helpful since it's easy for information to get lost in the feed. Anyone who misses a post can still get reminders for upcoming events, due dates, and deadlines. This is a bonus for busy families who don't have time to read every post but still want to be kept in the loop.

Bloomz is a learning and behavior management app and website that provides teachers with a simple way to effectively communicate between school and home. From the dashboard, teachers can share information in a variety of ways by creating posts, events, activities, assignments, and photo albums. Parents can sign up to receive app, email, or text notifications, and teachers can control a wide variety of factors, including how parents and guardians communicate (for example, with each other or only with the teacher), what type of information goes out to families, and whether to communicate in a parent or guardian's preferred language. Note, however, that message translation is a premium feature. So, parents can set a preferred language and will receive class announcements and posts in that language, but direct messages from the teacher are translated only under the premium plan.

Among the site's many features are helpful tools such as those to schedule parent-teacher conferences, request and organize volunteer help, or send out visual updates of student activities. Photo, video, and file sharing, including through Google Drive or Classroom, mean that teachers don't have to spend a lot of time getting important information out to kids and their families. There's also a behavior management and reporting feature that allows teachers to award students points for good behavior and set class goals for tangible or intangible rewards. Finally, students can use the app or website to develop their own digital portfolio.

The sheer amount of features Bloomz offers is impressive. Kids can check the feed for updates, assignments, and fun class photos while monitoring their personal page for behavior points and items for their portfolios. Having everything in one place makes it easier for teachers who want to keep families in the loop about what students are doing, how they're performing, and how they can be more involved. In terms of connecting families to schools, Bloomz provides a great deal of functionality and interactivity. The behavior tracking tool, if used mindfully and not punitively, can teach kids the value of teamwork and cooperation toward group goals as they work on their own personal behavioral goals. Bloomz also offers students the ability to develop organizational skills and enhance their digital portfolio by reflecting on behavioral goals and class activities, uploading digital work, and looking through class photos. 

The biggest downside is the upselling: Teachers will encounter features that, when clicked on, lead them to an opportunity to upgrade. And the fact that the message translation feature is only a part of the premium plan really hinders targeted communication to parents who might be reluctant to come to the school campus. Also, the sheer amount that the platform covers might work great for communities with very tech-savvy teachers and parents, but it could be a bit overwhelming for adults who don't feel as confident with technology. In those cases, trying to house everything in one place could ultimately be too much. So, depending on your school and classroom community, Bloomz may cover everything you need and be an all-encompassing solution.

Learning Rating

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It has tons of customization options and an appealing interface, but some less tech-savvy users might encounter a learning curve.


Assignments, behavior, and portfolios all add value to the proven benefits of the connection between home and school.


Teachers can communicate with individuals or groups of students. Tons of support options include video tutorials, a translation feature for non-English-speaking families, and a helpful blog.

Common Sense reviewer
Marianne Rogowski
Marianne Rogowski Instructional Technology Facilitator

Community Rating

Normally Amazing, but...

The customer service end, so far, has not been very helpful. I have been locked out of my account for about a month now, ever since the new security update earlier this school year. The update just wanted to send a verification code to everyone's email with a security code. Once each teacher enters the code, your account would be unlocked. However, the code typically does not get sent to my email, at all. On the rare chance that it does, it does not get delivered until about an hour after I request it and the codes are only good for about 10 minutes.

I've been emailing back and forth with customer for about a month now, and the issue still isn't resolved. I've gone over a week without hearing anything from customer service, most recently. When I do hear something, I typically get the same response that explains the security update, but it does not actually change/fix anything. One wonderful worker did manage to unlock my account on my phone (app), but I still am unable to use Bloomz on any computer (website). I've also tried searching for and requesting Bloomz's phone number, so I can just call in and do it all over the phone. That request has always been completely ignored each time.

I usually love the app and so do my classroom parents, but I see no reason that this isn't shouldn't have been resolved by now.

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Privacy Rating

Data Safety How safe is this product?

  • Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users.
  • Unclear whether users can interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
  • Unclear whether profile information must be shared for social interactions.

Data Rights What rights do I have to the data?

  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Users retain ownership of their data.
  • Processes to access or review user data are available.

Ads & Tracking Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Traditional or contextual advertisements are displayed.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.

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