Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar, "Bloomz: Engaging Today's Parents in the Modern Classroom" with special guest presenters, Laura Briggs and Horacio Ochoa.

March 18, 2017

00:28 to: Peggy George
Our Livebinder link for today:

00:45 to: Peggy George
Thank you Peg Volak for introducing our guests today!

01:35 to: Anthippi Harou 1
Your tweets, Peggy, are reminders for this special day for me!

01:36 to: @DrThomasHo (Indiana)
Where's Susie?

02:22 to: Peggy George
What an awesome job description Horacio!

02:44 to: Peggy George
Susie wasn't able to be with us today due to a memorial service for someone in her family.

03:23 to: Peggy George

03:40 to: Peggy George - Follow Bloomz on Twitter

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I'm so grateful for all of the ways we can communicate with parents--both tech and non-tech!

04:27 to: Peggy George Bloomz App on Facebook

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thanks Horacio!

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I think that parent engagement is different than parent involvement. It's much more than getting parents to volunteer at school but to invite and value their input for school decisions.

08:32 to: Peggy George
in spite of the research there are still many schools that just rely on parent-teacher conferences and printed newsletters--mainly one-way communication.

08:46 to: Peggy George
Hi Terri G. Welcome! So glad you could join us!

09:35 to: Peggy George
That quote by the teacher was so true! A lot for teachers to juggle!!

10:13 to: Peggy George

10:49 to: Peggy George
There are a lot of great resources about Bloomz, even short video tutorials, on our Livebinder today.

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Many years ago our school used a telephone hotline for teachers and the principal to send out recorded messages to parents. Not very effective because it was only one way and once you listened to it (if you did) it disappeared.

12:52 to: Peggy George
Laura is going to do some screen sharing to demonstrate some of these features to make it really clear. :-)

13:41 to: Peggy George
Love that they have 2-way messaging and that you can share student work with the parents!!!

14:19 to: Peggy George
What a simple way to have a portfolio of your child's work without having to create a separate portfolio!

15:56 to: Peggy George
If you have questions as we go along please type them in the chat. Then Laura will know what you would like to see her demonstrate with screen sharing. :-)

16:41 to: Peggy George
Do students need to create accounts on Bloomz?

17:38 to: Peggy George
I first learned about Bloomz from Vicki Davis. She raves about it in her podcasts almost every week!

17:40 to: Laura Briggs
Students do not create accounts but they have a way to login with a QR code to post their work to their timelines.

18:41 to: Peggy George
Laura please explain that further when you take the mic again. :-) What if they don't have mobile devices to read QR codes?

18:54 to: Anthippi Harou 1
Does each parent see only their child's portfolio or all the students' portfolios?

19:19 to: Peggy George
I'm sure parents love having everything in one place and it's more likely they won't miss important news and information about their child's life at school.

19:21 to: Laura Briggs
Parents can see only their own child's portfolio.

19:44 to: Peggy George
This is awesome! Lots of great awards!!

19:48 to: Anthippi Harou 1
Thank you, Laura!

20:46 to: Peggy George
I love that they were chosen as the Winner of 2016 Best at ISTE!!

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An anonymous panel of these educator judges selected products by scouring the exhibit hall floor during ISTE 2016, which featured 500 companies sharing solutions with more than 16,000 educators. The judges rated products on quality, effectiveness, ease of use, and creative use of technology.

21:25 to: Terri G.
Very cool! The other App that I am using does not offer video. My kids are special ed and hands-on learners. I need this video option💗

21:48 to: Peggy George
What can a teacher do if a parent chooses not to join Bloomz (lack of technology or maybe even lack of knowledge about how to use it)?

22:06 to: Peggy George
Video is absolutely a deal-breaker!!! :-)

22:33 to: Peggy George (Bloomz Blog)

23:04 to: Peggy George
if you have a mobile device handy download the app and follow along.

23:16 to: Terri G.
That's a tough problem. I always feel bad that I can give as much to those 2 parents. I do my best!

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23:55 to: Peggy George
you can also do this on your computer in a separate tab

24:36 to: Peggy George
We are planning to keep this Bloomz group going for Classroom 2.0 LIVE so we can keep sharing things with each other after the webinar (about any of the tech topics we have on our shows). :-)

24:49 to: Peggy George
Class access code: CLASS2

25:12 to: Peggy George
if you have questions or run into snags let us know

25:22 to: Peg Volak
Wait...if I'm on Chrome, am I a student or teacher? (Teacher)

25:26 to: Peggy George
I got a head start. :-)

25:59 to: Terri G.
On phone. Will need to sign up later😄

26:26 to: Peggy George
I'm very excited about that possibility!!! I would love to have some of you play on Bloomz with me. :-)

26:53 to: Peggy George
these instructions are in our Livebinder too if you want to try to do this later.

27:12 to: Terri G.

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27:38 to: Peggy George
lots of webinars to learn about Bloomz

28:05 to: Peggy George
how cool! boy and girl scout troops are using it!

28:51 to: Peggy George
Is there a way for parents to combine multiple groups in their account like school, teacher, boy scouts, clubs, etc.?

29:11 to: Peggy George
You're doing great Laura!!! Crossing fingers for screen sharing!

29:33 to: Peggy George
seeing that great! I hope all of you are too.

29:42 to: Peg Volak
Funny, I thought of the track car pool when you mentioned the girl scout troops!

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30:00 to: Peggy George
that is awesome! all of your groups right on one screen!

30:41 to: Peggy George
Don't worry! We won't be taking attendance or recording your behavior on our Classroom 2.0 account :-)

30:42 to: Terri G.
Is her page not sharing?

30:49 to: Peggy George
Hooray Paula!!!

30:57 to: Lorie Moffat
I see limited access, and can't see what you are sharing.

31:11 to: Peggy George
Terri, are you not seeing her screen?

31:43 to: Terri G.
Correct. Is it because I am not on the app?

32:12 to: Peggy George
oh I think we have to approve your posts before they display. Let's ask Laura.

32:50 to: @DrThomasHo (Indiana) #2
Verify me

33:06 to: Lorie Moffat
I think I need verified too.

33:12 to: Lorie Moffat
That's all I can do.

33:52 to: Peggy George
Did you get an email to verify your account Lorie?

34:00 to: Lorie Moffat
Refreshing the page worked.

34:31 to: Terri G.
I got the comments. Just not her sharing the app.

34:50 to: Terri G.
Slides were showing.

36:03 to: Peg Volak
This could be a party invite / sign up for food??

36:29 to: Peg Volak

36:35 to: Peggy George
Terri that may be bandwidth on your mobile device. App sharing definitely requires more bandwidth.

36:46 to: Peggy George
it will all be in the recording too.

37:14 to: Terri G.
Thanks for everything Peggy😄 will check out the recording.

37:40 to: Peggy George
that would be a great way to get parent helpers for a school party!

37:59 to: Peggy George
is everyone verified now?

38:35 to: Peggy George
hahaha! sign up to bring chocolate to our party!!

41:55 to: Peggy George
what awesome volunteers you are!

42:18 to: Peggy George
love that we can get reminders automatically

42:55 to: @plnaugle (Paula)
Of course I'll bring the chocolate syrup. :)

43:39 to: Peggy George
whew Paula!!! I couldn't figure out how to add that to the list of items needed :-)

46:08 to: Peggy George
love that idea!!!! take a picture of the sight words and record their voice!

46:22 to: Peggy George
what a time saver for teachers!!

46:46 to: Peggy George
it helps the students to become very self-directed, independent learners!!

47:54 to: Peggy George
if there is only one ipad or smart phone in the class (teacher's) can that be used to take the photo of the work so the student can post it on Bloomz?

48:27 to: Peggy George
what a cute idea! growing flowers!

48:55 to: Peggy George
fantastic demo Laura!!! Thank you!

49:16 to: Peggy George
Lorie will get on the mic to ask our questions now.

49:27 to: Peg Volak
It's like a Seesaw and Class DoJo, Sign-up Genius all in one...

49:33 to: Peg Volak
Free is great!

50:11 to: @plnaugle (Paula)
Virtual applause for a great demo, Laura.

50:20 to: Anthippi Harou 1
Wonderful app!

50:34 to: Peggy George
I agree Peg! So many terrific features!

50:52 to: @plnaugle (Paula)
@Peg V that's what I was thinking too.

51:15 to: Peggy George
that's a good suggestion for sharing devices

52:21 to: Peggy George
if you have further questions that haven't been answered, please type them now

52:59 to: Peggy George
how do the students get that photo from the teacher to upload to Bloomz

53:59 to: Peggy George
Do you just have one group for your professional learning or can you have sub groups for different topics?

54:12 to: Peggy George
I'm thinking of our Classroom 2.0 group :-)

54:46 to: Peggy George
awesome! thanks! so people could choose which of those groups they want to join.

54:56 to: Peggy George
do they get notifications when there are new posts to the group?

55:47 to: Dejan Kreculj
Hi, here is 17*C and

55:53 to: Peggy George
Hi Dejan! We are almost finished. The show starts an hour earlier now that we are on daylight saving time.

56:12 to: @plnaugle (Paula)
I'm getting a little "pop" sound when someone posts a new comment when I have the app open on my computer.

56:16 to: Dejan Kreculj

56:16 to: Peggy George
Thank you so much Laura and Horacio!!!! Very excited!!!

56:17 to: Anthippi Harou 1
Thank you for the great presentation!

56:21 to: @DrThomasHo (Indiana) #3
School account signup?

56:22 to: Peggy George
me too Paula

56:36 to: Peggy George
but what happens when the app isn't open?

56:44 to: Peg Volak
Thank you!

56:45 to: Peggy George
do you know when there are new posts?

57:08 to: Peggy George
great idea! quiet hours :-)

58:25 to: Tiziana Angiolini ( ITALY)
Thank you!:)

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Thank you all for having us here and for all the great questions

59:02 to: @plnaugle (Paula)
What a great lineup we have coming over the next weeks!

59:05 to: Laura Briggs
Thank you for being an awesome audience and great participants also!

1:00:02 to: @plnaugle (Paula)
Might not be here next Saturday as I'll be attending a mini LACUE conference in Baton Rouge. I'll see Desiree there.

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Thank you ALL for joining us today!

1:01:05 to: Peggy George
Thank you Patti for creating all of the PD certificates for us!

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Have a fantastic weekend!!!