Communicate With Bloomz

Empowered Learner, Digital Citizen
Bloomz

Overview‚Äč

Bloomz is a communication platform that helps students succeed in the classroom and at home. It is a great tool to use to stay connected in the school community and send real-time messages to a class or person. Parents and students can view a calendar, view behavior, sign up for conferences or volunteer work, and view photos from both the website or an app. Students will enjoy seeing the petals bloom as they watch behavior points blossom into a flower.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to communicate with their teacher through messages, emails, discussions, and activities.
  • Be able to communicate with teachers regarding their children and monitor their behavior.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Instant Messaging: Instant Messaging is a means or system for transmitting electronic messages instantly.

  2. Student Portfolio: A student Portfolio is a collection of student work that can demonstrate learning and be used as an effective assessment tool.

  3. Behavior Management: Behavior Management is a method of behavioral modification that focuses on maintaining order and focuses on shaping and maintaining positive behaviors while discouraging negative behaviors.

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Watch this introduction tutorial for an overview of Bloomz.

  • Go to the website Bloomz to sign up. Enter your information to sign in and click on Create Class and enter your information into the table.

  • You can now share your class code with parents.

  • You can message your students and parents. You can also add files and pictures to your messages.

Updates from Bloomz:

  • Welcome! Build your class community here!

  • Invite all Parents by entering emails or phone numbers or share access codes to join your classroom group on Bloomz.

  • All your class communications, including calendar events and reminders, show up here, in one view (By the way, see all the tools Bloomz can replace for you).

  • Everything posted here is private, between you and your class parents.

  • Post quick updates on what the kids are learning in class or share a photo to help parents stay in the know.

  • Make an announcement to remind parents about an upcoming test or field trip.

  • Visit our support site to learn more about all the cool features in the app, get help on how the tools work, and find helpful resources for introducing Bloomz to class parents.

Accommodations

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. Have students log into Google Classroom and click on the link for this website. They will enter the class code. They will now receive messages from you to their email. If you teach older kids and they have cell phones, they can download the app on their phone.

  2. Send out an email or reminder for parents to sign up for Bloomz also. This will be great to send pictures or even chat individually with parents. Students can also upload their work into their student portfolios

  3. Students can also respond individually to the teacher with questions they may not feel comfortable asking in front of the class. This is great for shy students.

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • This provides feedback to parents on how well students are doing in class.  Teachers, parents, and students can message or email each other.

MITECS Competencies & ISTE Standards

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner
1a.  Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

Digital Citizen
2b. Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Websites:
Bloomz

Bloomz Helps Parents Connect with their Kids' World

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

Students will be able to message each other for activities, questions, and discussions for the assignment.

Integrated Arts

Students will be able to message each other for activities, questions, and discussions for the assignment.

Math

Students will be able to message each other for activities, questions, and discussions for the assignment.

Science

Students will be able to message each other for activities, questions, and discussions for the assignment.

Social Studies

Students will be able to message each other for activities, questions, and discussions for the assignment.

CREDITS
This task card was created by Rachel Mills, Harper Woods School District, June 2020.