Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Loving Bloomz!

Have you heard of Bloomz? It's an app that has changed my life as a teacher. I started hearing about Bloomz over the summer. It seemed to be all over Facebook. It claimed to be a safe way to stay connect with parents through updates, texts, and e-mails without giving out you cell phone number. Several teachers who had used it the year before had been raving about it. I have to admit I was skeptical. I think my biggest concerns were that the parents would think that they could contact me 24/7 or that I would have that "one parent" who was constantly texting me about one thing or another. Well I am happy to say that none of that has happened. In fact, I am loving the close/immediate contact I have with these parents. I have about 1/3 of my parents that took part in being connected through Bloomz.

The way it works: I downloaded the app and set up a class. I then sent out letters to all my parents asking if they wanted to join. If they were interested I sent them an invite via e-mail. The invite contained an unique code for them to use that would connect them to the class. Once connected they could see all my posts and text me through the app.

My absolute favorite feature to the app is that it will translate the posts into almost any language. This is huge for me. I teach in a school with a high ELL population. Being able to send out a text or update and know that the recipient  will be able to read and understand it is priceless. The other great great thing about Bloomz is that you don't need to have a smartphone to stay connected. Parents can sign up to get e-mail updates of any posts.

Check out the overview below.

I highly recommend this app as a way to stay connected with your parents. The parents that have taken the leap of faith with me on this journey are thrilled with Bloomz.

I have report card conference in a few weeks and I am hoping to get a lot more parents on board.

Have you used Bloomz? I would love to hear about your experience with the it.


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