WHO: Teachers looking for an engaging way to interact and communicate with parents, while sharing information in a private and secure setting.
HOW: Teachers create an account and set up a classroom. Next step is to invite the parents. This can be done via e-mail or printing invitations to be sent home. Parents can create an account online, or download the app on their phone to get started.
Once in Bloomz, teachers have a plethora of options to update their parents. Some useful examples include adding pictures to share from the class, adding calendar events, sending reminders, creating a volunteer sign-up, and scheduling parent-teacher conferences.
WHEN: Bloomz is a great addition to a classroom at all times. Teachers can capture special moments in class and upload for the parents to see. It is great when teachers need help with purchasing materials or bringing supplies in for an event.
Here is what one Grade 2 enjoys about using Bloomz in her class:
EASY to add a post, reminder, calendar event, picture, etc
QUICK just a couple clicks
PRIVATE because it is Secure for just your group, and private messaging is also available if you want to talk with an individual parent
FUN because I want to add and share pics and the parents love it too
FAMILIAR because it reminds you of “facebook” with the layout, and you can even “like” and “comment” like FB
KEEPING TRACK is easy because you can see exactly who viewed your post. Parents can’t say they didn’t get the message!
Parents have really enjoyed it for a lot of these same reasons. I even have a grandparent that is on because she wants to help and volunteer and wants to be able to see when events are coming up.