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Bloomz

By Charles G. Doe - Posted Jan 1, 2017
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Company: Bloomz Headquarters, 8335 165th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052; info@bloomz.com; bloomz.net

Price: Bloomz, free to schools, parents, and teachers, doesn’t currently generate revenue because sponsors fund it.

Audience: Bloomz was developed for parents and teachers and is useful for PTAs and adult education programs as well. In addition, a full school version recently became available. It is not intended for direct student use. 

Format: Bloomz is a mobile and web communications app that can be used on smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers.

System Requirements: Bloomz is currently supported on Chrome, Internet Explorer (10, 11, and the newest version, Edge), and Safari. Chrome is preferred. Bloomz can be used on both Apple and Android smartphones. iPhones require iOS 7 and above, and Android devices need Android 4.1 and above.

Description: Bloomz is a free app for facilitating parent-teacher communication in any situation in which educators, instructors, and teachers need to be able to communicate quickly with parents. Bloomz has successfully been implemented in preschools, middle schools, and high schools, as well as adult education programs and PTAs.

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

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: Installation is a matter of downloading and installing the app on users’ devices, registering with the Bloomz website, and proceeding to enter contact information of those teachers who wish to participate. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Bloomz is an easy-to-use and elegant solution, simplifying the process of communicating in educational settings. It is especially good for project-based learning and other educational situations requiring frequent communication and coordination. Bloomz is an excellent complement to learning management systems as well.

Teachers can send notifications to parents and classes in multiple ways, including the phone app notifications system (iOS or Android), email and text or SMS (a kind of text messaging), and in-app badges. Communications can include attachments such as photos, videos, and documents.

Bloomz is an invitation-only network, which means new members can only gain access to Bloomz through an invitation from an existing member, a class code, or an invitation requested directly from Bloomz. Since teachers always control who accesses information, Bloomz is a private and secure network.

When teachers invite members via email through the Bloomz app, members are automatically added to the contact/member list. Parents can always decide when to join Bloomz, but as long as the member list is up-to-date, all announcements, photos, and events sent through Bloomz will be distributed to all members. Private responses can be made as well.

Bloomz can be used for posts, announcements, alerts with inserted pictures, or other attached files. Posts can be scheduled for future dates, have an RSVP attached, or be shared on Facebook and translated into 84 languages automatically. One-to-one or one-to-many messaging is possible, as well as class or group chats.

The Bloomz app can be used for class connections and updates including reminders for assignment due dates, registration deadlines, class calendars, etc. Event RSVPs can be tracked, or Bloomz can be used for volunteer and conference sign-ups. Teachers can also use it to build a portfolio of student work and keep a timeline of it through the year. Behavior can be tracked and reinforced. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Bloomz is so easy to install and use that most technology users will have no difficulty at all. Ease of Use ?Rating: A

Product Support: Needed support is available with a limited online support center including a useful FAQ and a blog with contact information, which is all that is needed. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: As communication be-? comes increasingly important in these fast-moving times, Bloomz is an extremely useful, easy-to-use, and inexpensive com munications tool. I recommend it for all ages. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Charles Doe is a longtime teacher who spent 10 years as an elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools in Michigan. He has written articles and reviews for Internet@Schools for more than 20 years. His email address is charliegd@sbcglobal.net.


 
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