Bloomz: An Award Winning App for Parent Communication



Recently, a few of my teacher friends introduced me to the Bloomz app. My first reaction was "Ok, I'm going to let you try it for a few weeks and see how it goes". Well, it didn't even take me a week before I signed up.

This summer, I researched all sorts of new platforms for parent communication. I researched twitter, Facebook, Remind 101 and our school website. I ended up trying our school website, thinking it would be less controversial with parents. However, it wasn't as user friendly as I would have liked. Not many parents signed up, which kind of defeated the whole purpose.

Bloomz is platform is that is available on your desktop and your smartphone/tablet. Bloomz was the winner of The Peoples' Choice Award and Finalist for New Product or Service of the Year.


What I love most about Bloomz is the format. It is very similar to Facebook but it is completely PRIVATE. Parents must have a code or personal e-mail notification to view your class page. Parents receive notifications from the smartphone app or they can receive email notifications.

From a teacher perspective, the smartphone is very easy to use. I can easily post photos of a class project or a quick reminder to parents.

My Favorite Features



Messaging
Allows you to "chat" with a parent or group of parents instantly. This feature is very similar to text message without having to give out your personal cell phone number.

Parent Chat
Parents can create their own chats with each other to organize class parties. They can also contact each other privately about attending birthday parties, playdates, etc.

Calendar
You can create your own classroom calendar on Bloomz. When you creating an event, you can set alerts for parents for the day before. You can also ask for volunteers or items for an event if you are scheduling a classroom party or field trip.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
You can schedule parent teacher conferences in the app. The conference will appear only on the teacher and parent's calendar.

Post Files and Photos
As the teacher, you can post files and photos to the class page in a way very similar to Facebook. You also have the option to post an announcement that will be pinned to the top of the page for a short period of time.


Sign Up Now

Have I convinced you yet? If so, you can sign up <<<here>>>. Happy communicating!

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