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BloomBoard Marketplace

By Charles G. Doe - Posted Jan 1, 2016
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Company: BloomBoard, Palo Alto, CA, (866) 316-1562; marketplace@bloomboard.com; https://bloomboard.com/welcome.

Price : Cost ranges from free to about $60 per module, with various features available for an extra fee. Special district prices can be arranged as well.

Audience: BloomBoard Marketplace specializes in K–12 teacher professional development but has a large number of student modules as well.

System Requirements: Use of BloomBoard Marketplace requires an internet connection and browser.

Description: BloomBoard Marketplace features access to thousands of free and paid learning resources for teacher practice and to improve student skills. These include courses, ebooks, articles, and videos from trusted content providers that can be accessed from a single location provided by BloomBoard.

 

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support: A

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Installation includes going to the website, creating a free account, and selecting and, in some cases, paying for a wide content range. Getting an entire district up and running with the product takes 2–3 weeks. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: BloomBoard -Marketplace has built tools and services for professional development that can be personalized for individuals and districts. These resources are both free and paid and come from highly respected third-party providers in the forms of books, articles, videos, live events, lesson plans, etc.

Teachers gain access by logging in to BloomBoard Marketplace then searching for specific resources based on subject, grades, time needed for the resource, source of the resource (from within the teacher’s organization or from third parties), resource type (reading, watching, etc.), or search by tags such as Common Core.

Users can also browse the long list of resources and choose one to see a   detailed description as well as reviews and ratings based on feedback from other teachers. Teachers and administrators can see a list of resources that teachers have used and other records, including tracking goals, observation data, and professional learning information.

BloomBoard Marketplace helps teachers set goals and create growth plans for themselves on the platform. Administrators can give feedback on those goals and, through a tagging system, link observation data to those goals so teachers can track their improvement and progress. This is all stored in the teachers’ own “e-portfolio.”

BloomBoard Marketplace users can upload and collect materials associated with observations, such as lesson plans or reflections. The administrator can also upload evidence, including photos and videos tagged to teacher effectiveness. These can then be shared immediately with the teacher once the observation is complete.

Resources can be filtered by grade and subject level, price, keywords, time commitment, location, Common Core, and ELL. Teachers can track, rate, and comment on each resource they use, how it helped them accomplish their goals, and whether they would recommend it to other educators. Teachers can also directly recommend a particular resource to another user within the platform.

Micro-credentials and CEUs are offered as well for competencies mastered. In addition, BloomBoard Marketplace includes a number of other excellent tools not discussed here as well as a huge collection of skill training resources for K–12 students and the tools and reporting and record-keeping functions necessary to use the resources most  
effectively.  Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Some training is needed, but BloomBoard Marketplace is well-designed and easy to use once the system and its possibilities are learned. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Phone contact and an online email contact form are available. The company also provides extensive training with videos, webinars, and in-person trainings. Webinars are free for all users, while in-person trainings are extra. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: BloomBoard Marketplace provides an excellent means of organizing and tracking use of all the wonderful, diverse professional development resources available on them internet. I highly recommend this well-developed resource in all K–12 school districts. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Charles Doe is a 39-year teacher, including 10 as an elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools in Hastings, Mich. For the last 17 years, he has written articles and reviews for  Internet@Schools. His email address is charliegd@sbcglobal.net.


 
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